Why A Playoff Would Be Greater Now Than Ever

Kyle W. BrownContributor IINovember 23, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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What a college football season it has been.

We've seen remarkable performances by surprising teams, big schools go down (take that USC!), and we've seen big upsets nearly every week. In the eye of a football fan (well, a general fan because if your school was one of those who got upset, you're probably not too happy), this season has had almost everything you could want.

As the teams get ready for the conference championship games, however, you remember the existence of the terrible BCS system. Instead of seeing the loser of the SEC Championship get thrown into the playoffs for a chance at redemption and to still capture the national title, they will instead likely play in the Orange or Sugar Bowl as an at-large team.

Now I know that some people will argue that this SEC game is still as important and will still be as exciting, which I agree with to a point, but it doesn't happen on Jan. 7, and it isn't for national honors, which takes away some of the glory of it.

While I realize this post could be made by just about anyone who supports the playoff, let's just take a look down the standings because this would be one of the most interesting years for it ever.

Everybody has their favorite poll to follow—I personally like the Harris, simply because the schools nominate candidates and they are selected at random. While there may be flaws, it is designed to have as little bias as possible in the rankings.

Let's then say that the playoff would consist of eight teams, thereby taking place over three weeks (while the endless amount of other bowl games go on). Have the seeding system go like that of other leagues such as the NHL and NBA, where No. 1 plays No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc. Should the season end today, we're looking at an amazing round of matchups.

Florida would face Ohio State in a rematch of the 2006 national championship. We'd get to see Tebow matchup against Pryor and watch two quarterbacks who lead their team's offenses go to work.

The Buckeyes would get the chance to silence their doubters after losing to Purdue and prove that they truly are a team to compete with and their wins over Penn State and Iowa weren't flukes. Florida would be forced to protect their title as the nation's No. 1 early, beating a good team after a season where they've only beat one ranked team (remember, this doesn't count the upcoming matchup with Bama).

In the same week, we'd get to see an absolutely offensive clash as Texas would host Georgia Tech. Texas has been held under 34 points only once this season, while Georgia Tech consistently put up just over 30. Colt McCoy would get to prove if he could play in a clutch situation (or three, if the Longhorns were to make it all the way). Jon Dwyer would get the chance to try to run the Jackets into glory, while the Longhorns D would have to prove they are the best rush-defense in the country.

Alabama and Boise State would matchup in a game that (I think) would draw huge crowds to their TV sets. Everyone would want to see if Boise State could compete with a big school, while hoping to see some trickery like we did in the Fiesta Bowl when they defeated Oklahoma.

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At the same time, we'd see just how good Kellen Moore is through the air, against a strong SEC defense that ranks fourth in the nation against the pass. By the same token, we'd watch to see how Alabama would do against an unorthodox team known to cause upsets.

While Bama is not a bad offensive team, they aren't great so fans would love to see whether the Tide's defense could actually win championships, or if a gunslinging Broncos would move one step closer to finally being respected.

Lastly, in a game that may seem to be the least exciting, a TCU-Cincy matchup may actually prove the most. Two schools that have been absolutely unbelievable on offense would both get to have a large stage to play on for the first time in each of the school's recent history. It would be an exciting game seeing how the players did in front of a national audience, as well as to see what tricks the coaches and coordinators would pull out to ensure victory.

Ranked third (Cincy) and fifth (TCU) in offensive yards, this would probably break some records of postseason ball. If you enjoyed watching the Broncos and Sooners in that 2007 Fiesta Bowl, this game would be for you.

Now, I realize my commentary may be a bit off, and you may disagree with some of what I say about what to expect from the teams, but the point is, these games would be fun to watch.

It would give small schools a chance to win a national title (and not just by upsetting a big school in one game, but by proving their worth over three weeks.) It would show what players really can handle the pressure and compete in clutch situations, and most of all, the games would be exciting like we've never seen before.

So, come on college football fans, let's continue to beg with NCAA to put away all the nonsence that we already know about, get rid of the Bowl Series, and just give us a playoff.


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