Everyone has an opinion on College Football Playoffs so I might as well throw mine into the mix. Granted, as a Terps fan, I have as much stake in this as the Minnesota Twins do in who gets home field advantage in the World Series, but just like the Twins, maybe someday the Terps can be part of the conversation.
For those who have been following the progress of the playoffs debate, this week the Big 10 pretty much threw a wrench into the works saying that they’d be in favor of a plus one game, or eh…lets just keep the current system in place. WHAT!? We can’t get this close to the promise land and not get this agreed upon people. I hope the SEC can bully the rest of the Country into the a playoff system, because this has to happen.
Granted the SEC wants a playoff between the top 4 teams in the land, in other words they want to see a playoff between Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, and a 4th SEC team or say someone like Ohio State, who are basically the SEC’s Washington Generals. That may be a bit offensive to Buckeye fans, but hey, I’d be happy to see the Terps on the same field as the Globetrotters so don’t feel bad for yourself.
Anyway, I don’t like that plan, especially as an ACC fan, but between that and nothing, sign me up for that!
My ideal plan is to expand to an 8 team playoff, have a mixture of conference Champions and them some at large bids. This way the SEC could still potentially get 3 teams in, but the day to day goings on in each and every conference becomes all the more important. You don’t want to water down the regular season, well hello, if Maryland’s only chance to play for a National Championship it so win the ACC, then guess what, our “playoffs” start in September.
Give an automatic in, and a home game to the winner of the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Pac Whatever, and Whatever Group of Schools Texas is currently pushing around. OK, so that is 5 auto ins, they can’t all have a home game, so have a Selection Committee choose which conference has the least strength and tell that Conference’s team to pack the bus for round 1. That keeps all the Super Conferences happy and allows 3 more teams to get in. Those three teams of course being chosen by said selection committee.
Who wouldn’t want that? Oh yeah, the Bowls. Look, I understand how money rules the world. I’m fine with that. Capitalism isn’t perfect, but it’s the best system we have so you deal with the flaws…kind of like Football Playoffs. But for determining the National Champion, the BCS isn’t the best system, in fact it is terribly flawed so let’s all just move on.
Sure the status quo to the big wigs is comfy like a warm blanket on a cold winters day, but it sucks. I promise there will still be money to be had regardless of what kind of playoff everyone eventually agrees to, but to do nothing is just wrong.
College Football holds all the cards, they have loyal fans who’s schools are so engrained into their daily lives, that to not cheer on their team come fall defies every fiber of their being. It’s a Monopoly more or less, but that isn’t an excuse to sit around and do nothing. College Football is America, and America is never happy with the status quo. If that were the case we’d still be a scattering of communities along the east coast exporting tobacco to our Queen across the pond. We take chances, and we try. We sometimes fall flat on our face, and sometimes we land on the moon, but what makes this country great is knowing that the only thing worse than failure is to do nothing.
So come on College Football, put down your tea and grab your gun, lets tear down the old way and bring in the new. To do nothing now, would be a slap in the face to your fans….even if they don’t have anywhere else to go.