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College playoffs needed?

By Brian Mahuna
On May 23, 2012

Any college football fan will argue that the current bowl system is flawed. Last year's national championship game is proof of that. It featured two teams, not only from the same conference, but also same division in that conference. In addition to that, the two teams had played each other earlier in the season. The teams split the two games, leaving some to wonder: who really won?

There has been grumblings about a playoff since the conception of the BCS. The main reason is the exclusion of some teams who feel they deserve to be playing for the national championship but lack the ability to make an impact, not on the field, but in the computers.

Teams like the Auburn Tigers, who in 2004 went undefeated, were denied a shot to play for the national title. The Boise State Broncos were also denied a spot in the title game after going undefeated more than once.

I agree there needs to be a change. The change that is in the making is a final four type of system, much like the NFL playoffs, only on a smaller scale. The top four teams in the nation are chosen - that process is still under speculation and they play the winner of each game advancing to the championship, giving the winner a true sense of accomplishment.

If the plan to move to a playoff does come, it will not be in effect until 2014, giving the BCS another opportunity to possibly mess things up. BCS games are such a coveted title and the cash payloads for BCS games are huge, yet the cost to send a school to one of these games is more than most conferences are willing to pay. Because the school is billed for the extra expenses, the school typically ends up losing money in the short term.

As a fan of the sport, the thought of being able to watch the best teams play each other in a tournament-style playoff excites me.  And I believe the financial gain would be more significant than it would be if the system stayed the same.

There would be an extreme sense of anticipation for the playoff games, just like the playoff games in the NFL draw in bigger and more expensive crowds. The games could be held in neutral locations, which would draw more diverse crowds also.

The system needs to change, that much is certain. But how it changes is still under debate, as it should be. The committee needs to ensure that the new system is far superior to the old one. No system is truly perfect, but the current system is a far from perfect as one could seemingly get. I hope, for the fans' sake, if and when the system changes, we can name a true champion at the end of each season.  

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