Under the pretense of keeping tradition alive, the power conferences and NCAA have continued to push forth this ridiculous Bowl Championship Series upon us in what amounts to shameless cash cow milking and Good Old Boy backroom arrangements.
The public outcry for a Division I playoff format has continued to fall on elf-sized deaf ears.
The university presidents don't want to give up their week-long luxury trips where they live like modern Kings riding in Marquis Jets and take up residence in multi-million dollar homes as they “Party Like It's 1999.”
Instead, we are left with computer polls (which are mostly filled out by Sports Information Directors and sports reporters that just watch their area sports teams) picking bowl matchups based upon a silly string of numbers resulting from a formula only a person that speaks "Geekeneze" could understand.
Auburn and Oregon are good teams. Are they great teams? Are they better than TCU? Let the DEBATE begin since we will not find out on the field.
The NCAA claims it doesn't want the student-athletes to miss more class time and therefore doesn't support a playoff format. Student-athletes that play Division I basketball miss a tremendous amount of class time during March Madness. Where is the concern then? Not to mention, the other divisions in football somehow manage to have a working playoff format without doing reprehensible harm to the players' education.
Many people love the tradition of the bowls—and I agree. I grew up watching the major bowls on January 1st. I remember impatiently waiting for the parades to end and the games to begin. Now we have pimped-out corporately named bowls, and instead of 15 of them, we now have 35 bowls.
I don't want to see the entire bowl system go away. In fact, I just want to eliminate four of them. In my dream format, we'd select 32 teams to enter a playoff format and play 31 games to derive a true national champion.
Instead of having the New Mexico Bowl feature BYU vs. UTEP that most of the nation won't care about—or watch—imagine No. 1 overall ranked Oregon vs. Ohio in a No. 1 vs. No. 32 matchup. This year's Insight Bowl would feature an intriguing Missouri No. 15 vs. Iowa No. 16 matchup with the winner going on to play Oregon in the second round.
The bowl committees would like it as well since most of the perennial powers' fans travel very well and the not-so-traditional teams that rarely make the Top 32 will travel like mad to continue the great season. TV networks will be in heaven as well. Instead of filling the airwaves with holiday programming, reruns and “reality” shows, they will now have the power of the best live drama action to determine the ultimate football champion.
Take a moment and dream with me about an opening weekend featuring four games each on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Can't you envision the texts, Facebook and Twitter posts trending nationwide cheering big plays and huge upsets? It would be four power-packed weekends leading up to Super Saturday.
Skeptics argue that it would diminish the regular season. They claim, "Every weekend/game counts." Using the 32-team format system, Ohio State and Oklahoma would still be in it even with early season losses—and so would their fans!
Then there is always a two-loss team that is playing lights out at the end of the year, like a Virginia Tech team that has won 10 straight that really might be the best team—if they could only prove it.
As it stands now, there isn't much interest in the bowl games except for the faux National Championship Game.
Oh, just think about it! We can call it December Delirium! I'm ready to fill out my bracket now!