For years the NCAA has relied on the polls and Bowl Championship Series(BCS) bowls to crown their national champion in football. Something that has enraged many football fans around the country, wondering why teams just can’t throw the BCS out the window and settle it on the field, like every other NCAA sport – with a playoff.
It looks like the people in charge are finally seeing what the fans in the stands are talking about.
A major college football playoff, even though it is a small one, is closer to being a reality. The BCS have backed a plan for a four-team playoff with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games, those being the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose, and a selection committee picking the participants for each. The plan will be presented to each of the university presidents next week for approval.
Once approved, expect the new playoff system to start in 2014.
The BCS has not always been great at picking matches for the national championship. Like last year when Alabama, who lost to LSU during the regular season, ended up playing them again for the national championship despite having the same record as the Big 12 champions, Oklahoma State. While the Crimson Tide validated their appearance by kicking some LSU tail and winning the title, many outside of the SEC were left with a salty taste in their mouth for the BCS.
Under the new plan, Alabama and Oklahoma would have played in one semifinal while LSU would have played Oregon, the Pac-12 champion, in the other. Winner of each would have played for the national title.
Is four teams enough? Personally each regular conference champion should get a chance to play for the national title. Isn’t that what they are all competing for at the end of the day? Guess we will have to wait and see what the presidents approve next week.