So much personal attention has been paid to the NBA playoffs the past two months, news in other sports was pushed to the backburner. Now, as the countdown for the Olympics and NFL training camps begin, possibly the best collegiate news in awhile sits at the front of the dinner table. College football will soon have a playoff system.
Bullshxt Bowl Championship Series was a flawed product from jump street. Computers, formulas and confusing mathematical equations deciding the who should play for the sport’s ultimate prize? That having a more critical say-so in who vies for the national championship than an actual human eye test? Put it this way. Steroids have been the black eye for baseball. How to maintain fresh product is college basketball’s issue. Concussions for the NFL. David Stern’s “basketball reasons” for the NBA. And the lack of a playoff system was just that for NCAA football.
“We are excited to be on the threshold of creating a new postseason structure for college football that builds on the great popularity of our sport,” said Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.
It’s no surprise the backlash against the BCS has come to a boiling point. Whenever the integrity of a product becomes sacrificed in the eyes of its consumer – especially when those same consumers harbor the belief it’s only for financial purposes and not the good of the sport – everyone loses. It’s the exact reason even those who have been against a playoff system for years, like Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, are now open to the idea.
The deal on the table proposes a national committee will determine a four team playoff with the actual championship game rotating between The Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls each year starting in 2014. Some will find a way to complain it’s not an eight or 16 team playoff, which is understandable. Progress is a slow process and at this point, it’s take whatever the powers that be in the sport can all come to an agreement over. The idea of a “Final Four” type set up in college football is dope and has the potential to whet the appetite even higher than what it is now (an extremely important factor, you know). And that’s 100 times better than allowing a Microsoft Excel formula decide the outcome.