Playoff Comes To College Football: It’s One Step Towards A Bigger Playoff [70 Days of Summer]
A playoff has finally reached college football. It’s only a four-team playoff but it is better than what the current BCS provided. “It’s better than the alternative” is what people have been saying for years.
The BCS was an improvement on the bowl system. The previous system didn’t even have the top two teams in the country playing each other in the postseason. Thus there are multiple national champions a year, including Washington’s half a championship.
The BCS was created in order for the top two teams in the country to play each other, which it did a really good job of doing. Every once in a while there was a team that got left out, like Auburn when USC trounced Oklahoma.
The biggest problem the BCS ran in to was that it essentially excluded teams like Boise State, TCU, and Utah, who all made it to BCS games and beat existing powers but never had a chance to make it to the big game even though they went undefeated.
The four-team playoff is a long overdue plan to allow many deserving teams a chance at winning the national title, while also allowing a few people to make a lot of money.
It is such a slow progression over time to get where we are today because a few people who control all of college football need to make sure they are the ones in control. Even if it costs them money in the long run what is most important to them is the ability to stay in power and make the most money relative to everyone else.
The BCS has always been about money and power. Power being the most important trait. This current four-team playoff, beginning in 2014, will not be the last change to the football postseason. I believe a sixteen-team playoff will be the final format that we will see, which preserves the regular season while giving a fair chance to all who are qualified.
The next step for the people who run college football is how they can make a lot more money be expanding the postseason, while still being the ones in the driver’s seat.