Prior to this past week, Division 1 College Football was the only college sport not to use a playoff type format for its postseason. Now we have what many fans of college football have been wishing for, a playoff. Although there are some things that need to be ironed out, such as who will be on the committee to select the four teams in the playoff, I believe that this is a step in the right direction for college football. One of the biggest flaws of the current BCS system, which will be in effect for the next two seasons, is its inconsistency throughout its existence.
In 1998, the first year of the BCS, Kansas State ran the table through the regular season and fell to Texas A&M in two overtimes in the Big 12 Title game. After the game, they fell from number one to number three in the BCS rankings. They were denied a bid to any BCS game and went to the Alamo Bowl. Then in 2003, Oklahoma was number one and had ran the table through the regular season. They got destroyed by Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship and still got to play in the National Title.
See anything wrong with that picture? That is just one of many cases of fraud by the BCS. There are some major things that beed to be worked out by the conference commissioners. Who will select the teams and how will we be sure there is no bias? What will be the criteria for inclusion? While I don’t think a 4 team playoff will settle all the issues surrounding college football postseason, I do think it is a step in the right direction.