America collectively slapped its forehead when The BCS computers announced Florida would play Ohio State. Many thought Michigan should play Ohio State. Others thought the whole system was screwed up.
How long will it take people to realize that if they put all their beans in a computer, they’re not gonna be happy with what it spits out? BCS computers don’t have to watch the bowl games it spits out. At the end of any season where there are not two clear-cut title contenders, people are bound to be unhappy with a computer ranking system.
Given that playoff games would most likely bring in lots of revenue and get high TV ratings, I continue to fail to grasp why there isn’t a playoff system in college football. A simple 4-team bracket would solve almost every gripe with the system. It would let the question of 2 vs. 3 settle itself, and ensure a ‘fair’ system for determining who made the national championship game.
The only two conceivable arguments against a championship game are that we’re putting too much strain on the players, and that giving the top teams an extra game takes attention away from other end-of-season bowl games. A few seasons ago the NCAA voted to increase the number of allowable season games from 11 to 12. If we’re concerned about the players, why did we extend everyone’s season by one game? All I’m asking is to extend two teams’s seasons by one game (the semifinal losers are done). Furthermore, address the issue of attention by taking away the bottom of the scale, not the top. There are over 30 bowl games, which allow 6-5 teams to get in and play mediocre games in late December. Take out the Ren-O-Vac Bowl and every other game will get more attention. What’s more, the BCS name already ensures the majority of the nation pays attention to only two games.