Yes, the main propose of my blog is to focus on ice hockey. In case you don’t know me too well, I’m a sports nerd and it just happens that hockey is my favorite sport. But since it’s the offseason, I thought I’ll delve into some other topics. Today: the new college football playoff format.

When I first heard about this new 4-team playoff structure I was excited that FINALLY the players would get to decide it on the field instead of a computer deciding a team’s fate. Like many college football fans I hated the BCS structure that we’re still going to be stuck with until 2014. I love rooting for the underdogs and would have loved to see some of the past top non-BCS conference teams (TCU for example) play it out against college football’s big guns.

However, I think with only 4 teams making it that the small schools will still be left out. Yes there will always be someone looking on the outside looking in no matter how many teams are included in the playoff. Especially since a committee will be determining the teams. 

The committee is the biggest issue I have with this system, especially after hearing on SportsCenter today that the committee may be similar to college basketball’s committee system, which includes current administrators. I’m not going to lie, I carry a little bias. I’m pessimistic about the ability of committees due to my own team being left out of a playoff system thanks to a coach’s poll. But I won’t get into that. I know people want a committee because the current BCS computer system is so confusing that no one seems to understand it. I think a computer element still needs to remain though as a check to balance the committee’s power. It can be made simple enough that everyone understands it. In my opinion record and strength of schedule are the most important things and really that a computer system would need to look at.

I know everyone is calling for the 4-team field to expand to 8, but personally I think 6 is the perfect number with the #1 and #2 seeds getting a first round bye. While most are calling for 8 or even 12 teams, it’s not something I’ve heard anyone say yet. But I think it’s perfect because everyone is concerned that with a playoff, the regular season will lose its significance like what has happened to college basketball. I don’t think that will happen in college football simply because the regular season is so much shorter. And adding a first round bye to the #1 and #2 seeds would ensure that would appear to be a lock to make the playoff would continue to play hard late in the season to attempt to gain one of those top spots.

Agree? Disagree? Comment away.


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