Sorry this has really been bothering me lately.
Its a shame that the only way people think college football can be interesting is to have such a fickle system to make fans pumped. They should root die hard for their respective teams to win no matter whats at stake. If it takes the current system to make fans root hard for their teams, then college football is in bad shape. A loss should crush a fan no matter whats at stake. Are we not just as pissed if our basketball team losses a game. I am a Cowboys fan, and when they lose I am pissed. Its your team, act like a fan. With the current BCS system, if a team losses 2 games or more, you see them give up on their teams. Sure the top couple of teams fan still get all nuts, but the rest of the football community goes into a funk. Tell me how that is good for college football. Fans no longer feeling their teams are worth rooting for ... that's good how?
Every announcer has been running their mouths about how a playoff system would ruin the regular season. I don't think it would at all. We see so many teams play crap games at the beginning of the season. If every team played an awesome game in the beginning of the season that would be infinitely times more fun than watching the a season where you knew one loss meant near death for a team.
OK so knowing every weekend counts and could be a potential National Championship Game killer makes those games fun to watch, and makes upsets that much cooler. If you team gets upset you should be pissed no matter what the circumstance, and if someone else team gets upset you laugh at them and talk crap. But think about it, every week would still be an elimination game from the playoff system. If you mess up during the season you could still take yourself out of the playoffs. OK and 8 team playoff system - You take the winner of each BCS conference and 2 at large teams. We would still have to play our asses off to make those playoffs. Making EVERY game a big game still.
It would also make the conference races much more fun to watch, knowing that your team could win and have a chance to pull out a National Championship game. Remember high school football? Were we not crushed when our high school lost a game? The thought of making the playoffs and winning state still stayed in our minds, and made us continue to be die hard for our schools. Those non-district games against good opposition pumped you up so much and were fun to watch. If you lost the game you were crushed and pissed, but you knew your team could still pull through and be the best at the end of the season. Why is that system so bad? Did that make those early games less fun, or the conference game less meaningful? No if anything, it makes everything better.
I know that if we played a Florida or a USC or maybe both to start the season, I would have a hell of a lot of fun watching and going nuts for those games, and still have a hell of a lot of fun and go nuts for conference games. The media tries to completely ignore this fact.
This would also bring back the relevance of Conference Titles. It almost seems like people don't give a crap about these anymore if there is not a National Championship to go with it. Back in the day, a conference championship was what got you into a bowl game. Now you can get into one without being the head honcho in your conference. We could still keep the other bowls and have those for our pleasure, but now winning the conference is that much more significant. Lets make the conference race fun again!
So lets look at this in terms of what it would hurt and what it would help. This is what a playoff system with bowl games still available would do.
Conference Race: Helps, makes them more meaningful.
Pre-Conference Games: Helps, more fun games to watch.
Non-BCS Bowl Games: Push, still fun to watch, doesn't change anything.
Top Bowl Games: Helps because you still have to play your balls of to get there, and you get more awesome Top Bowl games. Some BCS games aren't even interesting because bad teams get there, but with the chance of those teams getting into the National Championship game those games actually become interesting.
National Championship Game: Helps. You finally get the two truly best teams into the title game, and no one can argue.
I hate to say this, but if anyone who disagrees with this has lost the true meaning of being a fan. Rooting for your team no matter whats at stake. The logic against this system is stupid, but unfortunately no one who matters will ever read this post and see all the logic that is in it. It would be a shame if teams as good as Texas/Florida/Alabama/Texas Tech/Oklahoma this year got screwed out of National Championship contention. Ask Auburn how that feels. Tell me, how is that good for the game.
Until then, Hook'em Horns. Keep pounding it out and hope for the best in the current bull crap system in place.
After reading this post, what do you feel a 8 team playoff system would do?
Help the college football season (33 votes)
Make every college football game less significant (21 votes)
Not change the atmosphere of college football at all (18 votes)
72 total votes