Despite playoff, college football title still tarnished

June 27, 2012
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

All hail. The college football powers that run the Bowl Championship Series have come up with a four-team playoff.

This will bring cash hundreds of millions of dollars deep to college football and the power conferences that control the enterprise.

Yes, this is big business. BCS officials are already negotiating a TV deal for the three-game playoff worth a reported $500 million annually.

What the playoff system, which is to begin during the 2014-15 season, won’t do is end the controversy surrounding the college football national champion. That’s because the main problem with college football has still not been addressed. The selection process that determines the teams in the playoff still stinks.

A selection committee will determine the playoff participants, with weight placed on record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

The composition of the selection committee, the name of the new system and how revenue from the playoffs will be distributed hasn’t been disclosed.

There’s a shocker. Leave it to college football powers to leave out a couple of important details. The selection process should have been one of the first things revealed since it is, has been, and always will be the primary source of controversy in college football and the tarnish on its national championship crown.

All this playoff system does is shift the controversy from focusing on the No. 2- and 3-ranked teams to the No. 4- and 5-ranked teams. And that controversy will be magnified—I predict within three years—when the No. 4-ranked team defeats the No. 1-ranked team in the playoffs. Parity in football is spreading from the NFL to the college ranks, so it’s only a matter of time.

How many teams, including the No. 5- and 6-ranked teams and on and on will claim they too could have competed with or even defeated the team deemed No. 1 by the ultra-wacky BCS ratings system?

Controversy in college football national championships has existed since the first kick-off decades ago. With the press voting one way and the coaches voting another, split national champions and controversy over who is really No. 1 is nothing new.

So the BCS—instituted in 1998—was supposed to solve all that by pitting No. 1 and No. 2 in a single bowl game. Wow, what a great idea. Then here comes Boise State and Utah with their undefeated seasons and a cavalcade of other teams that maybe lost a single early season game claiming that by season’s end they were truly playing the best football in the land.

College basketball has largely dodged the kind of bullets that riddled college football’s reputation. Sure, a few seedings and NCAA basketball tournament exclusions have raised some eyebrows, but the chorus of boos hasn’t risen to nearly the level of howls over college football rankings.

The reason why is simple. The teams that arguably should have made the hoops tournament, but didn’t, probably wouldn’t have escaped the first two rounds, anyway, much less win a national title. So while there’s a whimper of complaints by the likes of ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas, there’s no hue and cry about the selection process.

Football, though, is an entirely different story. There’s no methodical, objective selection process, and football schedules are simply too short to have fair strength of schedule comparisons.

What’s the answer? A more transparent, systematic and logical selection process for starters—one not controlled primarily by the power conferences and their commercial interests.

What else? Radical change. It’s not easy, or necessarily pleasant, but if college football is going to rid itself of its own stench once and for all, it’s necessary.

If college football truly wants to take all the tarnish off its national championship crown, it’s going to have to scrap the bowl system and construct a playoff that includes all the contenders. And even a few pretenders.

ADVERTISEMENT
  • Good thing about this? Gives Indy another major sporting event to vie for. Worst thing NCAA could do? Give Indy the championship in the first year. We will so knock it out of the park, no one else will be able to come close. I can hear the other city's "Damn it Indy has raised the bar again." I feel bad for NOLA. Having to host a Superbowl after us?
  • True Playoff is coming
    You are correct that there will be controversy every year about the four teams in the playoff and the others that were snubbed. However, this is much better than the current system. It was not too long ago that March Madness only had 32 teams. The powers to be will find a way to develop a post season that is similar to division 1-AA and allow the "pretenders" to still play in bowls so that maximum revenue can be generated. This 4 team playoff is a step in the right direction.
  • NOLA isn't in a panic
    Indyman, I don't think NOLA is too worried about following up to Indy. This isn't their first rodeo..er...Superbowl. They generally get very high praise for their job in hosting big, major sporting events. There is tons to do in the downtown area that is close to the Superdome and hotels are mostly located downtown as well. Not much different from Indy. Plus, I heard Mercedes is throwing tons of money into the pot for next years Superbowl. That is a good idea seeing how their name is on the outside of the stadium.
  • 16 teams
    For this to be a fair process, they have to go to 16 teams. The era of undefeated teams is about to come to a close and the need to clean up this selection process is paramount.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Uh, sorry Johnnie, but you are incorrect. Despite the assertions by yourself and various defenders and captains, sports attendance is NOT off significantly at most sporting events in the US. Variances in attendance has been in the range of single digits, both + & - for years now. MLB has had most of its best overall attendance nubers in the last decade, and that trend has been consistent for most major sporting events. The number one issue cited by most fans when asked about attendance is the overall cost of attending. The presence of HD and big screen televisions in home doesn't even register, as a factor for not attending an event. VALUE in the product is the key, and apparently is something lacking in the current ICS. What other explanation is there when with what is routinely touted as the "best" racing on the planet, fans are staying away in DROVES. A "close" title battle into the last event at Fontana, with the "cars and stars" of the ICS, and who showed up? MAYBE 8K. Sorry, but HD TV isn't to blame for that kind of fan apathy.

  2. Do you need finance to establish your business ? Are you interested in getting a loan at 3% from our private company? If so please Email: suntrust_oil@blumail.org

  3. If she was worth the $ the public outcry over direct tv dropping them would have kept them on their dishes as we have seen with other companies. I too quit watching channel 13 after she showed up since I left channel 8 because of her all show rather than production results. When Randy on 8 corrected her she had a big head and incorrectly challenged his correction for pronunciation of a city. Other antics while she matures was too much for me with her very inaccurate forecasts. All the forecasters were predicting rain until Thursday except Chris. They predicted sunny on Thursday but instead of rain until Thursday upon which the sun would finally make it out in full glory Chris was right on the money just as I too predicted looking at the radar on weather.gov. One thing I love about Angela is the fear you can see in her every time it thunders in the winter. It far exceeds the entertainment value of her body language (high heel noise drags, depression, etc) when her forecasts are so incorrect. Her hair stands on end, you have to see it!!!

  4. Good Day, Apply For A Loan I am Mr Fernadez Antonio, a private Loan lender and a cooperate financial for real estate and any kinds of business financing. I also offer Loans to individuals, Firms and cooperate bodies at 3% interest rate We offer any kind of loans. email us via fernadezloaninvest@outlook.com LOAN APPLICATION FORM First name:......................... Middle name:......................... Last name:........................................ Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):....................... Gender:........................................... Marital status:................................... Total Amount Needed............................... Loan Duration.................................... Address:.......................................... City:............................................. State/province:................................... Zip/postal code:.................................. Country:.......................................... Phone:............................................ Fax:.............................................. Mobile/cellular:.................................. Monthly Income.................................... Occupation:....................................... Best Regard, Mr Fernadez Antonio.

  5. i will love to share my testimony to you all the people in world i got married to my husband about 2 year ago we start having problems at home like we stop sleeping on the same bed,fighting about little things he always comes home late at night,drinking too much and sleeping with other women out side i have never love any man in my life except him. he is the father of my child and i don't want to loose him because we have worked so hard together to become what we are and have today .few month ago he now decided to live me and the kid,being a single mother can be hard sometimes and so i have nobody to turn to and i was heart broken.i called my mom and explain every thing to her,my mother told me about DR.okoro how he helped her solve the problem between her and my dad i was surprise about it because they have been without each other for three and a half years and it was like a miracle how they came back to each other. i was directed to DR. okoro on his email:okorospell@gmail.com and explain everything to him,so he promise me not to worry that he will cast a spell and make things come back to how we where so much in love again and that it was another female spirit that was controlling my husband he told me that my problem will be solved within two days if i believe i said OK So he cast a spell for me and after two days my love came back asking me to forgive him i Am so happy now. so that why i decided to share my experience with every body that have such problem contact Dr okoro the great spell caster on his email addresses spellcasterforlove@outlook.com

ADVERTISEMENT