Finally, a playoff system for College Football. Everyone may be cheering, but is it enough? It is a commonly known fact that the complaining will begin for teams ranked five through eight once the top four are selected for the playoffs.
This past season it was clear who the top four teams were so it would have been an easy selection. The questions will arise when there are more than four legitimate championship contenders. Everything comes down to money. The amount of money for the bowl games compared to the playoff and bowl game combination is a major difference.
What the average fan forgets to realize is the amount of time that the playoff system would take. Teams that are in the later bowls miss class time as it is. So an eight or ten team playoff is out of the question because it would take too long and the athletes would miss too much class time.
Personally I think a six team playoff would be the best option. The one and two seeds would get a first week bye and three would play six and four would play five. The winner of those will play one and two. This would create a total of five games which would make it perfect for the big game to be on New Years Day which every college football fan wants.
The National Championship being on a Monday at 8:30pm is a waste of time. If they moved it to New Years Day at 6:00pm like the Super Bowl then I firmly believe there would be a large increase in viewers. It is early enough where viewers don’t have to be worried about being up super late and getting to work and school early the next morning.
The five games that would come from the six team playoff would be the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, and finally the National Championship. This way those major bowl games hold an even larger importance then they did without the playoff system.
Another positive for the six team playoff is that there is less chance of discrepancy from the number six team compared to the number seven team in relation to the number four team compared to the number five team.
No matter what there will be complaining from the teams that just miss the cut, but if there is a way to minimize the complaints it would be by increasing the number of teams in the playoff without making it too many where it becomes an inconvenience to the student athletes.
Regardless, it is about time a playoff system will take over and it is certainly a step in the right direction. I can see some changes being made after the first few seasons to improve the system but at least every fan can be relieved that the BCS era is arguably over.