College football is arguably America's most popular sport. And yet at the same time, it is the sport that more often than not leaves its fans less than satisfied in the way that its champion is determined.
College football's Football Bowl Subdivision is the only division in college athletics that does not employ a playoff system to determine a champion. The ONLY one.
Now, does it make sense that the most popular sport also has the least popular way of determining a champion? It most certainly doesn't.
There are many reasons why there has not been a playoff established, all just as faulty as the next. Oklahoma has managed to prove several of them illegitimate on their own.
1. The powers that be say that having a playoff will make players miss too much school.
Obviously they haven't considered that a lot of other sports cause their players to miss more school in a season than the football players would.
For example, this season, the Oklahoma volleyball team was in class for less than three days over a two-and-a-half week period. I don't hear anyone raising a ruckus over that one.
2. They also say a playoff would make the regular season meaningless down the stretch of the season and cause teams to sit stars for big games, especially the big rivalry games at the end of the season.
Couple things on this one. First, the regular season already has garbage games that don't mean a thing. The people that have a tight grip on the postseason try to convince us that Chattanooga at Alabama means just as much as the Red River Rivalry. That's pathetic.
3. Bob Stoops showed the country that the system affects the way you play the game.
Down nine at Missouri with about three minutes left and faced with a 4th-and-10 inside his own 10-yard line, Stoops elected to punt, essentially giving up.
Many people had a problem with this tactic, especially Herm Edwards, because after all, you play to win the game. Stoops played that one to keep his team in contention for a national championship as a one-loss team.
It's really quite sad that a great team like Oklahoma won't play to the final whistle, because it could hurt them more in their pursuit of a national championship under the present system.
But the biggest reason is one that the higher powers won't admit to openly, and in my opinion, it's the most unfair reason of them all.
4. They simply do not want the smaller schools to have a fair shot at a championship.
That's it. Simple as that.
It's not the money, that's for sure. In the book, Death to the BCS, the authors reveal that experts predict that a playoff can make four times as much money as the present bowl system. A few years after its implementation, a playoff could make one BILLION dollars.
That sounds absolutely wonderful, but to the higher powers, that means money for the smaller schools, and they just can't have that.
These people are power hungry, and they like being in control of everything. They aren't going to let that power go just so the TCUs, Nevadas and UCFs of the world can have a shot at the national championship.
It's sad, but it's not surprising. We live in a society of entitlement where people think they deserve more than they really do. That mentality spreads through all corners of this country, including college football.
Isn't it sad that fans can't have what they want because of the egos and greed of a few.
I think it's pathetic.
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