Pieces of 8: Why College Football Playoff Would Be a Bad Idea
We read the news about the Fiesta Bowl guys and frustration started to well up.
We read the news about the Department of Justice investigating possible anti-trust issues with the BCS and I felt my face reddening.
We 401 Fantasy BCS Playoff Proposals and we threw my laptop through the window, jumped out of the window, beat the crap out of the guy who picked up the laptop thinking it was Christmas as a MacBook came out of nowhere, and screamed to heaven.
"If Jesus is going to come down, please remove all this College Football Playoff crap and get on with it," we screamed to the heavens at about 11 p.m.
Look, we know that the BCS system is absolutely crooked. We know that the system screws the small schools at the end of the season and doesn't reward the likes of TCU for a truly unbeaten season with the chance to prove they can compete with the big boys.
We know that the likes of Auburn are still fuming about 2004 and not getting the chance to prove that their unbeaten season should mean something. We know that there have been some joke decisions in allowing teams to get into National Championship Games and Conference Championship Games—with Oklahoma—who got into the Big XII Championship Game in 2008 ahead of Texas despite losing to the Longhorns 45-35 on accounts of being ranked higher—being one of the biggest ones.
But you know what? If the play-off system does get through, it might do more damage than good.
Here are some reasons:
1) Teams who don't have a prayer to their Conference Championship game will rest their best players for the next season, meaning the consistent fielding of weakened teams. Or the best players who might go and play in the NFL will suddenly become sick or hurt for fear of injuring themselves prior to the NFL Draft.
2) College Football teams other than the 'Big 8' will lose out of millions of dollars of bowl money. The influx of two college football teams into an area boosts that area's economy. And that can only be a good thing bearing in mind we're in one hell of a recession. In my opinion, I'd love to see bowls in Tuscaloosa and Georgia to bring money into areas that have suffered from the horrific tornadoes. And a major one in Detroit would be cool, too!
3) Recruiting for 'non play-off' schools will fall to the floor. Schools who formerly thought they had a chance competing on the recruiting trail would find it even, even harder. That would make college football even LESS of an even playing field than it is now. Would Washington State even have any players wanting to play there? I think not!
4) A lack of playoff appearance would make sure that those coaches even in the 'hot seat' would find the prospect of a pink slip even worse. In a playoff world, good guys like Mark Richt would probably lose their job. Joe Paterno would have lost his in the 2000s! It would be worse than the English Premier League, where coaches who's names aren't Sir Alex Ferguson (no relation!) or Arsene Wenger really worry about whether they are going to be IN a job every season.
5) Crowds for the mid-sized schools would inevitably suffer, as people flocked to watch playoff schools. That would mean that bigger schools would make more money. The big schools would then argue—even more than they do now—for an even bigger piece of the pie for conference revenue.
6) While there probably would be a 13-game schedule, the increasing amount of fun non-conference matchups that you are beginning to see thanks to the Sagarin rankings will completely fade away. Oh, and the whole "Every Saturday Means Something" thing that we college football fans love? That would be out of the window, too, as playoff guaranteed teams would start playing less hard, since unbeaten records would then matter nil.
7) You can be guaranteed that EVERYONE will be then be bitching about who gets in, plus if there would be a play-in game, and what would happen to teams with the same record. The whole thing would be end up causing years more of shenanigans.
8) Barack Obama will find something else to investigate—maybe even the NCAA's practices of investigating. He might have an opinion on whether college football should pay players. He might start making YouTube campaigns and send out armies of supporters for his 2018 NCAA Commissioner Run. That would make everyone forget about the millions of dollars the Department of Justice is wasting investigating the BCS when that money should go into investigating the big Wall St banks.
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