Will The College Football Playoff Solve The Controversy?
There Will Still Be Controversy In College Football
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We are less than a month away from the 2014 college football season kicking off, and it’s the first time the sport will witness a playoff to decide the national champion. Past years, computers and voters decided the top two teams to play for the crystal football and it ruffled a lot of feathers because there was always one or two other teams that felt they deserved a shot at the ultimate prize.
Well, now four teams will play in a mini playoff and will decide who is college football’s best. No more crunching numbers together to determine the outcome, let the players decide it on the field.
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The problem is that this playoff system will not stop the controversy. And the theory is quite simple: there are only four teams included in college football’s playoff. Take last year’s top four teams in Florida State, Auburn, Alabama and Michigan State. Yes, all four teams deserved to be included in the playoff, but what about Stanford or a one-loss Baylor? Ohio State also lost only one game. What makes a one-loss Auburn or Alabama better than those teams? Why did a one-loss Northern Illinois team get left off the invite list?
Those are just some of the questions fans will be asking when their team had a wonderful season but were told it wasn’t good enough to make the playoff. Sure, use strength of schedule as an excuse, but there's nothing guaranteeing that the Wolfpack or Bears couldn’t beat Michigan State or Auburn. Speculating and assuming is the same thing that forced the BCS to crash and burn. Only one way to know that the little guy can’t hang with the big dog, and that’s on the field.
Shoot, college basketball includes 68 teams in its March Madness tournament, and we still talk about 10 other teams that should have been included. Sixty Eight! There were even talks at one point of expanding the tournament to over 100 teams. Why? Because it’s never good enough for fans of a team that had a decent season but wasn’t part of the postseason. However, let’s remember that money is the motivating factor to all of the playoff talk and expansions.
A college football playoff is great for the sport and is certainly a thousand times better than the BCS system. However, there will still be other one-loss teams, conference champions and maybe even an undefeated team once in a while, left out of the playoffs.
Until somehow that is fixed, let the controversy continue.