Traditional Playoff Format in College Football Is NOT the Answer

Anthony EliasCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

Let's be honest here. All you college football fans do not want a playoff.

Something close to it.

But believe me when I say you do not want a playoff.

I said it. I don't personally advocate a playoff.

Why not?

Because the argument of the regular season being a playoff... I buy it.

I believe in the importance of a regular season that makes sure every single player on every single teams put forth the absolute best effort forth every single week.

Imagine a traditional playoff with seeding, such as the NFL.

If Ohio State clinched a playoff berth, they would rest their starters against Michigan. Let that sink in.

We hate the BCS and the bowl system. But we love the tradition and rivalries.

This is the only way to get the best of both.

So do we want a playoff?


Something close to it?


But a playoff in sense of how most people want it?


My alternative to the way things are.

Leave everything the way it is. Let all the bowls do what they want.

Except the BCS Bowls must be filled by the top eight teams in the BCS rankings.


What difference would that make?

Well that means instead of

  • Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • USC
  • Utah
  • Cincinnati
  • Virginia Tech
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State

We would get the BCS top eight teams:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. Alabama
  5. USC
  6. Utah
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Penn State

Sound a bit fairer taking out those three teams with two or more losses in Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati?

Now imagine for a second how we would develop this.

1 Oklahoma def. 8 PSU (Fiesta Bowl)
2 Florida def. 7 Texas Tech (Sugar Bowl)
3 Texas def. 6 Utah (Orange Bowl)
4 Alabama loses to 5 USC (Rose Bowl)

This system tries to keep the bowl tie ins in place as much as possible (Pac-10 champ going to the Rose Bowl, SEC to the Sugar, Big 12 to the Fiesta, etc.).

And how awesome would those games be?

Winners of those games would then progress to the next round. Let's simulate this.

1 Oklahoma def. 5 USC (Fiesta Bowl)
2 Florida def. 3 Texas (Sugar Bowl)

1 Oklahoma vs. 2 Florida (BCS Bowl sites take turns annually hosting)


This is just a simple simulation, just an example.

We still get to the same game in this simulation, the difference being we get a three week type plus two format of the BCS.

Not a playoff in the traditional way.

This pleases the bowls because they are making almost triple the revenue.

It pleases the fans who hate the conference tie-ins, but also pleases the bowls who do have conference champions in the top eight because they still have the tie-in.

It pleases the fans who want teams to play each other.

And it pleases the advocates of the importance of the regular season.

I understand there is probably something wrong with this...but I do not see it.

Questions, comments, concerns?

Let me know what you think below.