Yeah, for some reason Barack Obama sounded off on the “NCAA Football Playoff System” topic during an interview on 60 minutes last month as our country was on the brink of falling apart. It was weird. I think he was trying to be funny.
Regardless, as every college football fan has discussed at one point in their life, there should undoubtedly be a NCAA football playoff. Some people argue for 8 teams, 16 teams, or some sort of variation.
Here are my reasons for a 16 team playoff system…
1) Nobody cares about non-conference games. Non-conference games suck. Cut all 4 of them out of the schedule and start the season off with OVERLY worthwhile conference games. Without being said, your team better be ready to play on week 1!
2) Nobody cares about bowl games (anymore) unless your team is playing in one. For example, this year I slept through the Rose Bowl because it was a blowout, went shopping during the Cotton Bowl even though it was a close game because – ranking wise – it didn’t really matter what team won, and am blogging during the Sugar Bowl because I could care less about either Utah or Alabama and they can’t finish #1.
3) A 16 team playoff system would make the NCAA so much money it’s sick. Just like March Madness, some network will drop some major $ on the exclusive tournament rights. In fact, I’ll guess that a network would drop way more money than the networks dish out to cover the current BCS bowls. Each of the 8 tournament games can keep their bowl games (and destinations?) in the event the NCAA wanted to keep corporate sponsors. For example, the 1 vs. 16 match-up could be the Gaylord Hotels Bowl and/or the 2 vs. 15 match-up could be the Outback Bowl. As the playoff boils down, the NCAA would still maintain their major bowls like the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange and keep their lame sponsors.
4) Every single year since its inception in 1998, it seems that the BCS system screws some team HARDCORE – sans rubber. This year, USC, Utah, and Texas got screwed.
5) There isn’t a single football fan that likes the BCS system.
So, a 16 team postseason tournament. This would make for 9 conference games, 1 bye, and NO non-conference games. The top team from each of the 11 conferences and the top 5 other teams (as voted upon by a committee) would be invited to participate in the tournament. I guarantee that such a playoff system would have almost every single college football fan tuning into each of the 15 games over 4 weeks. RATINGS!
Unless I’m missing something, a NCAA football playoff system should be in place as early as next year. As baffling as it was that my grandparents didn’t have running water growing up, I think my children and grandchildren will wonder why the NCAA screwed the pooch so horribly with the current BCS system.
Update: Here’s something from last year that I seemingly copied and pasted sections from. Ha!