The night before the election, Barack Obama said in an interview at halftime of Monday Night Football that he would propose a playoff system for college football. Now, he may have been joking, because this obviously is a mundane detail in the reasons he defeated McCain so easily, but I couldn't agree with the President more.
How do we call college football a sport when the media votes on who plays for the championship? Without any playoff system at all, I put it in the same ranks as figure skating, gymnastics, and cheerleading. Let's let athletes do their thing, then we'll decide, with whatever knowledge we think we have, who we liked the best. Who's to say LSU was the best two-loss team last year? How can we be certain they were better than Missouri, USC, or West Virginia? Kansas only lost one game (Hawaii too, but they honestly played nobody and then got killed in their bowl game).
The 2003 season is another great example. USC and LSU both won their BCS games, LSU finished 13-1, USC 12-1, but USC was the official BCS Champion. So, because the "great minds" voted for USC to play in that game, they were the official champs. How are you going to tell members of the 2003 LSU Tigers that even though they didn't get a shot at USC, they were not that seasons best. Common sense says they should have played to determine the champion. Instead, there was controversy as the ESPN/USA Today poll differed from the AP poll.
The regular season IS NOT the playoffs in college football. Ask Penn State if it's better to lose a game in September or November. What happens if Texas Tech or Alabama lose a game in the next couple of weeks? How do we decide between them, along with Florida or Texas or Oklahoma or USC or Boise State or Utah?
A quick solution would be an eight-team playoff. This means that the champion will have to play three extra games. Considering lesser athletes in Division III can play a 32-team playoff, eight teams is justifyable for everyone who is worried about these students playing too many games. Critics might say that this still leaves the ninth best team out. At least we're letting more teams get a chance to actually play the game of football to decide a champion. That's a big difference compared to letting the third ranked team play in a game, where whether they win or lose, their conference and school still get money, but the fact they might be the best team in college football means nothing.
Obama is in office to change things that are outdated. I don't want to get into healthcare, my college loans, or why I am saving so I can afford to pay rent all by myself in the future. Let me stick with what I know and a solution to change it. Colleges, conferences, and companies are all making profits at the expense of the credibility of college football. There are so many great aspects of the game. I love the devotion of the fans and the feeling of seeing my school play with other alumni and students. I just can't take the game seriously and call it a sport. Sports determine their winners based on what the outcome of the games are, not by sports writers voting on "sexy" teams. Ask previous champions in college baseball, basketball, the NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, etc. A lot of these teams weren't expected to win a title when the playoffs started, but that's why you play the games.