The yearly debate is going to come up again sooner than we think. Everyone will begin to voice their opinion as to whether or not the NCAA should have a playoff system for the National Championship or continue to use the BCS rankings to provide a bowl game schedule for the schools. I'd like to see what the sportsfans have to say about college football and the use of a playoff system.
Should College Football Use A Playoff System?
- Yes (89%, 205 Votes)
- No (11%, 25 Votes)
Total Voters: 230
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Many people feel that the BCS ranking formula is already effective and provides the fans with the best 1 v. 2 game in the national championship year after year. The top two ranked teams based on the coaches poll, AP poll and computer rankings get the opportunity to showcase their talents in the final game each season.
Not since 2003 has a team that won the national championship (LSU) not been unanimously ranked #1 at the end of the season. USC was ranked #1 in the AP poll after the 2003 national championship that the Trojans didn't play in.
25 Team Playoff?
A playoff system in college football has many pro's and con's, just as the BCS ranking system does. The debate about a college football playoff system would truly decide the best head-to-head team in the NCAA that season. The bigger question would be, without a ranking system, how would the teams in this playoff system be seeded.
Three main questions I would have about a playoff system would be:
1. How many schools would be eligible to make the playoffs of the 119 NCAA Division 1A teams that we have?
2. How would the seeding be decided for those teams allowed in?
3. How can we compare different divisions competing against others when they don't play each other in the regular season?
If all of those questions could be answered fairly, I think a playoff system would be great. Without those decisions being made well in advance, I'm not sure the NCAA can make the leap from the BCS to the playoffs right away.
Thanks to Jon Fravel for the picture of the NCAA National Championship Trophy.