The question of a playoff to determine college football’s national champion has been around since the BCS was instituted in 1998. The 2011-12 season, with so many great teams in the top 10, is no exception.
Should Stanford and Boise State be effectively eliminated from title game consideration after one loss? Are Oregon or Alabama the best of the one-loss teams? How would undefeated Houston fare against a top-five opponent?
These are questions a playoff might answer, questions perpetuated by a system that seems to leave fans wanting year after year.
When we talk about a playoff, imagine a system much like the one Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Wetzel proposed back in 2008. It would be a four-round, 16-team single-elimination tournament, with seeding determined by regular season performance. All 11 conference winners would get automatic bids, with the remaining slots filled on an at-large basis.
Looking at this season and seasons to come, should a playoff be implemented in college football? It’s an old argument, but here are a few ways a playoff would have improved the 2011-12 season.