Imagine this: an entire month of college football, at least one game played almost every day, including many intriguing matchups. That sounds great, doesn’t it?
That is what we just experienced: the college bowl season. With a whopping 35 bowls played this year (that’s right, 70 teams made a bowl game), maybe it should be called the College Boring Season.
Winning six games makes you bowl eligible. How many matchups did we see that pitted two 6-6 teams or a 6-6 and 7-5 team against each other? More than I would like to count.
Does the college football world, namely its fan base, really care about all of these bowl games? I think not. I could have gone with out watching BYU and UTEP square off in the New Mexico Bowl, the first bowl of the season.
Even as recently as this past Sunday, we had the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl showcasing the stellar matchup of No. 15 Nevada versus Boston College. Yawn.
While the BCS National Championship game ended in relatively exciting fashion (regardless of the close score, Oregon was dominated pretty much the whole game by Auburn), you could argue that Oregon, despite their undefeated mark, wasn’t the right team to play Auburn for the National Championship.
It’s time for the NCAA to create a playoff system. The top eight teams in the BCS rankings would be seeded and play each other. The last two teams remaining would then play for the National Championship. You could still play the games at the BCS venues.
Here is what the opening round would have looked like this season:
#8 Arkansas @ #1 Auburn
#7 Oklahoma @ #2 Oregon
#6 Ohio State @ #3 TCU
#5 Wisconsin @ #4 Stanford
Those are some great looking games. Since it’s a playoff system, it could lead to a variety of great matchups for the National Championship Game.
As far as all of the other 62 bowl teams are concerned, there would still be some traditional bowls. There just wouldn’t be 35 of them. That is far too many. It would take a minimum of seven D-I victories to become bowl eligible and there would only be 20 bowls, down from 35.
If there weren’t enough bowl eligible teams, then the holes could start to be filled with six-win teams.
It’s a not a perfect system but no system is. It is a way to let the top eight teams in the nation duke it out for college football supremacy while at the same time letting the lesser teams play for something as well.
However, in this case, we won’t have to sit through another Air Force Bowl watching Army play SMU.