The BCS has been considering a four team playoff to determine the college football champion. But decided not to after all.
Interesting that the commissioners don’t think the system is “broke”. The overriding reason is that the parties making the huge dollars are satisfied with it as it stands. Since college major sports have become big business, money has become the major consideration when looking to make changes. Since money is made only due to fan support, then it follows that the fans are satisfied and don’t want to change the BCS system. At least, that seems to be the rationale of the commissioners.
And yet, most of the discussion that seems to take place among fans is how much desire there is for a tiered playoff system, mirroring the NCAA basketball tournament. So I am not sure where the commissioners are looking for this “overwhelming support” they seem to feel the current system has.
I wish these college presidents would spend 1/10 as much time ensuring that there is true academic freedom and ideological diversity on their campuses, as they do on football games and bowl arrangements. And I say this as one who loves the game and holds season tickets to the games of the mighty USC Trojans.
And you’d still end up with big arguments about which schools should have been chosen for the #3 and #4 spots, and what would have happened if only QB Bob hadn’t been injured in the semifinal game.
And you’d ruin the fun of the bowl games in doing so. We’d want to do this exactly why?
Here is what should be done: an eight-team tournament commencing on the third Saturday in December, the semifinals two weeks thereafter (the Saturday falling between December 29 and January 4, inclusive), and the national championship game two weeks after the semifinals (the Saturday falling between January 12 and 18, inclusive).
So let it be written. So let it be done.