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So starting at the end of the 2014 college football season - with the first games to be played on January 1, 2015 – there will be a four-team playoff with the playoffs operating within the current bowl structure and the championship to be played at a national site decided years in advance.
It will be like the Super Bowl or Final Four in terms of national bidding for the title game.
Why didn't someone think of this earlier? Oh wait, they did. Over and over again, you say?
And it seems that it took a rematch game between LSU and Alabama for someone to finally quit pandering to college presidents and bowl officials to come up with the latest (hahaha), but certainly not final playoff conjecture.
Sure, there will be critics and sure there will be problems. But it's a playoff system folks. No more asterisks. And please, stop all that whining about the regular season not meaning anything. People will show up in the thousands for LSU vs. Towson. Talk about not meaning anything.
Now we have to come up with a committee to decide on the four teams worthy of the playoff with an emphasis put on conference championships and strength of schedule as the main components.
I wouldn't want to be on that committee that picks that committee (see, you just can't get away from politics). But as long as no one named Goodell is on that committee, I feel certain it will be fair
According to this plan, the Big Ten and/or Pac-12 can make sure the Rose Bowl serves as a playoff game when needed, and the same can go for the SEC and/or Big 12 with its newly created major bowl game to also serve as a likely playoff destination. Meanwhile, the rest of the bowl system will remain intact.
See, told you that wouldn't hurt a bit.
Four teams is just right, although there will still be three or four teams crying foul when the first four teams are announced.
Hey, you still have teams crying after more than 60 teams are announced for March Madness.
Some advice to committee selection committee members. Do not leave anything in the hands of coaches.
There will still be an Orange Bowl, a Sugar Bowl, a San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and a Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, but now, instead of a BCS championship between two teams determined after the regular season, that one extra game will be between two teams that played in two of the biggest bowl games.
The bubble teams can fight for the Independence Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Cotton Bowl, etc.
A four-team system leaves it to where the champion has to win two games against two of the three teams no matter what. So just because some ranking system has, for example, an SEC team No. 1 and a Big 12 team No. 2, that doesn't mean they won't play each other in the playoff game if the Rose Bowl-bound Big Ten and Pac-12 champions are ranked third and fourth in some way.
Rankings will no longer be an all-end-all determining factor, and that's a good thing.
There will still be bowl tie-ins but now there will simply be little bowls, medium bowls and big bowls.
Now comes the unreal dollars the main networks will throw at the new concept. Did I say new? Mark Cuban was willing to pay for that years ago.
So it is probably only fitting that Jerry Jones will more than likely host the first playoff championship game.
It took a long time coming, but it's here. What took so long?
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