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Finally, we get playoffs

Friday, June 29, 2012

It's about time the college officials made the decision to go to some form of a playoff in the postseason. After all the hoopla about the BCS being the perfect system and whatnot, it's refreshing to know the FBS brass have settled on a system.

In 2014, we'll finally get a glimpse of what so many of us have hoped for years -- a four team playoff.

It really should come as no surprise to any college football fan after the underwhelming title game we got in 2012.

According to the Nielson ratings, the ratings for all the bowls fell to an all-time BCS low.

From a pure business standpoint, the higher-ups knew something had to be done, especially after the way the championship unfolded.

For those who don't remember, LSU made quite a run through the 2011 regular season. The Bayou Bengals went 13-0, including a 9-6 overtime victory over Alabama.

Then, when the season concluded, the controversy flared.

When the final rankings came out, Alabama was still ranked No. 2 among the FBS rankings, even with the loss to LSU on Nov. 5.

This is when the argument came about that there were other teams equally as good, if not better, than Alabama. Teams like Oklahoma State and Stanford were snubbed out of an opportunity to play for the national championship entirely on the premise that Alabama "had a tougher schedule."

The main argument Alabama fans say they have going for them is the strength of schedule. Ok well, not every team can schedule a caliber of a toughest schedule.

But why not favor a playoff, even with that "tougher schedule"?

This way, if they really are the best, then the champion will be decided on the field as it should be, not by "experts" and computer models.

In the 2011-2012 bowl season, there were 34 bowl games, which means there were 17 teams that finished the season with a win.

The BCS system in college football is the ONLY system in the world where a team can finish its season and not be a national champion.

Playoffs work for pros, why not in college?

Point is, this four-team playoff is a step in the right direction.

There will be people who want it to stay the same, some people who say it hasn't been changed enough.

But at least with this four-team playoff system, those eight best teams will have an opportunity to prove they deserve the national championship on the field.

There won't be anymore of these "what if" scenario.

The only downside is we have to wait until 2014 to see just how it will unfold.

But you can bet the usual suspects will still be at the top of the totem pole, however, there will be a better opportunity for lesser-known teams to make a run at college immortality.

Chris Siers is the sports editor for the Times-Gazette. Email him at sports@t-g.com.

Chris Siers
The Extra Point
Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette.