A playoff is here! A playoff is here! Wait a second…
I got really excited when I read various articles, that a playoff has been established in NCAA football. I have several problems of what was turned out. First thing first, why does Notre Dame athletic director has any say in the decision in the playoff? Recently, Notre Dame provided the same entertainment no more than Boise St., TCU, Utah, and this guy. However, Notre Dame generates money.
Another problem is the locations of the Bowls/Semi-finals. The locations of the Final Four are the BCS bowl sites (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) and rotate the championship game. These locations have a monopoly to where they games are being played and they are in the heart of Pac 12 and SEC country. So do the college football care about any teams in the Midwest and the north-east? Of course not, because middle men want money and warm weather than a compelling football games.
Finally, when you have four team playoff? Who goes in? The ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC Champions will all want a spot. Also, do not forget the Boise State/TCU of each season. Plus, add the fact that the SEC conference which is a semi-pro league, do they get two spots out of the 4? Someone is going to get left in the dust.
The solutions are simple…
Have an 16 team playoff. Too many games you say? Do the big schools really need to play the powder puffs in the start of season? No, get rid of them.
Out of the 16, the winner of the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, and SEC champs get an auto bid. That’s 6 out of the 16. The other 10 spots can be picked by a selection committee.
Locations, the top 8 teams will get a home game in the first round. The 2nd round of games can go to the “lesser” bowls which should add geographic variety.
Final four should be played on New Years day at the BCS bowls and rotate the championship game the week later.
Boom. Problem solved.
If you give me any crap about studying, classes, breaks, blah, blah, blah. Those are the excuses from the current money makers. Stop pretending it’s about the students. It’s about pride of winning and money.