College Football: Why Fans of Playoff System Should Root for the UCLA Bruins

Ezra AmacherContributor IIIDecember 2, 2011

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 02:  The Pac 12 Championship Game logo dries on the field prior to the  Pac-12 Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins on December 2, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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If you are one of the many college football fans who are sick of the way the current national championship is set up, I encourage any one of you who aren't fans of the Oregon Ducks to root for the UCLA Bruins tonight in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

While the 6-6 Bruins, a team that lost by 36 points to Arizona, are given practically no chance to win, just imagine for a second if they did.

UCLA is 60 minutes away from a losing season, or a berth into the Rose Bowl, which coincidentally happens to be played in their home stadium. This would not be possible without the automatic qualifiers given to BCS conferences such as the Pac-12.

The single worst thing in the history of the BCS could be if UCLA wins the inaugural Pac-12 title and sneaks their way into one of the most prestigious bowl games.

The uproar from Boise, Idaho, to Fayetteville, Ark., would likely be too much for the NCAA to handle.

An 11-1 non-BCS team being sent to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia while a 7-6 BCS school plays in the Rose Bowl might be just enough to make some change in the system.

As it stands now, a team like Boise State or Arkansas has little to no chance of making it to an elite bowl game because of how the BCS system works. But if the BCS, and perhaps the automatic qualifiers into top bowl games, were gotten rid of, this would no longer be a problem.

With a playoff system of the best eight, 16, or maybe 20 teams, like the FCS division of college football system currently has, there would be no need for ridiculous arguments like this.

There could still be conference championships that gave teams berths into the playoffs but this exact scenario would hopefully never arise again.

Of course, there would need to be a sensible way of determining who the best teams were, but a program with a .500 regular season record would never automatically get to be placed above someone who did significantly better.

When the Pac-10 decided to add two new teams and split into two conferences, they likely never worried that this would happen. The 2011 Pac-12 South was a freak occurrence where the best team was not able to play in the postseason and no one else even won the majority. Something like this has likely never happened before and its doubtful it will ever happen again.

But if there was a playoff system rather than the status quo, even something as odd as what has gone down in the Pac-12 wouldn't have a significant on the post season.

Sadly, the only thing that might make a change in the way college football works is if an embarrassingly undeserving UCLA team wins the Pac-12 and therefore "earns" their way into a fraud Rose Bowl.