Good read from the NY Times regarding college football playoffs:
Despite pleas from fans, coaches and the news media, Division I-A football is nowhere near instituting a postseason like the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament or the N.F.L. playoffs. The idea is rarely the subject of formal discussions by those who essentially make the decisions: the 11 Division I-A conference commissioners and Kevin White, Notre Dameâ€™s athletic director. They all see a need to protect the interests of the conferences, bowl organizations, college administrators and athletic directors, and the integrity of the regular season.
For more on the playoff topic, Jeff provides the following commentary:
Once again, the college football season will end with the clear-cut national champion that everyone in America claims that they long to see. Yet, once again fans and media all over the country whine about the need of a playoff system to (supposedly) create EXACTLY what they already have — a system to crown a National Champion based on the body of work of an entire season. I continue to be confused about the logic.
Almost every year we end up with a pretty clear National Champion. And almost every day of every year we have fans and media clamoring for the ‘need’ to give the 5th and the 6th and 7th and 8th best teams in America a shot at a National Championship without any understanding that these teams have already had their chance to play for a National Title — it is called the regular season.
We have some great conversations here on SFN, and the college football playoff argument is one of the best. I am not going to re-hash all of the points that I made in this entry and the entries linked within it but I think that it is very important for you to read that entry.
It is also very important for everyone to denote (and admit) that the (regular and bowl) season have WORKED again. You are getting EXACLTY what you claim to want — the two teams that performed most impressively throughout the season playing for a National Championship.
After USC’s throttling of Michigan yesterday – there is obviously no doubt about the results of this season. USC had two losses in this past regular season after winning a league that has proven it was over-rated through their bowl performance this year. NOBODY is clamoring that USC deserves a right to play for a National Title. What about multi-loss teams like Michigan? LSU? Notre Dame? Arkansas? Others? Of course these teams do not deserve a chance at a title when you compare their performance with that of Ohio State and Florida.
With this said — what is the complaint? Why do some of you lobby so hard to give schools a chance to win a title that you admit don’t deserve to even play for the title?!?
I harken back to previous comments that have played themselves out (again) this season:
Throughout the entire history of college football there have been times when two teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season.
Throughout the entire history of college football there have been a few times when three teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season.
Throughout the entire history of college football there have been very few times when four teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season. This year ends up no different.
Why, then, do so many people WANT to give undeserving teams chances to win a National Championship?
If you want to argue about ‘Boise State’ – then argue somewhere else. When your body of work consists of the following schedule, then you forfeit any right to complain:
at New Mexico State
at San Jose State
vs No. 7 Oklahoma
Boise State actually PROVES my point about ‘playoffs’!
How many of Boise State’s regular season games did you watch this year? The reason that you watched so few are because they played no interesting games. Get used to watching less football because there will most definitely be a lot less interesting games to watch. If you were so disinterested in Boise’s games, why then would you want to create a three month regular season where everyone schedules like Boise?
If a playoff system existed almost all teams would migrate towards the Boise State scheduling model to pad their records and avoid as much regular-season risk as possible. As it stands today, top teams realize that the regular season is their playoff and we therefore get super matchups like Texas-Ohio State; Michigan-Notre Dame; Florida State-Florida; Oklahoma-Oregon; etc.
With playoffs sitting at the end of the regular season there would be way too much risk for Michigan and Notre Dame to need to play during the season. Today, these teams NEED to play to potentially boost their regular season resume to help their rankings. In the future, losing such games while the Boise’s of the world are playing Sacramento State could keep them out of the playoffs. Say goodbye to college football’s regular season as you know it.
But, who needs a wonderful three-month season when you can make three weeks in December so much more important? Why not just shorten the game that we all love while you are at it? Oh yea…they’ve already succeeded in doing that.