Today there are two big games in college football, with four teams having the same record of 8 wins and 0 losses. The games have completely different significance when deciding the final four in the College Football Playoffs. The first game will see Penn St. playing the University of Minnesota, one of the surprise teams of the year. The second game will see perennial powers LSU and Alabama facing off in Tuscaloosa. All four teams are undefeated and untied at 8-0. Of the two games, the Penn State vs. Minnesota game is the much more significant. The team that loses, will be virtually eliminated from the football playoffs, whether they like it or not. If Penn St. loses today, but wins the rest of the their games and beats Minnesota in the Big Ten Championship Game, they would still need some losses from other teams to get into the final four. The same thing can be said for Minnesota. On the other hand the only way the Alabama-LSU game becomes this significant is if the game happens to be a blow out. As long as the game is reasonably close and the losing team runs the table they will get into the four team playoff. The loser of this game may have a better chance of getting into the playoffs, because they do not have to worry about losing the SEC championship game. Such is the goofiness of college football, that everyone seems to accept. It is fine to decide which 4 teams make the play offs, based on subjective decisions, made by people behind close doors.
The BCS system was a far superior system to pick teams to make a playoff. It had to be tweaked once, and the BCS system had only one flaw. It was allowed to pick only two teams. When the NCAA finally decided on a four team playoff , they fouled it all up by going to a committee to pick the four teams. The committee usually gets praise for their selections, but the No 1 team has never won in 5 tries. The number 4 team has won twice. Seven of the ten semi final games have not been all that close with 4 being real blow outs. Let’s face it, most of time the committee has not picked the right 4 teams, and have not ranked them very well. The committee doesn’t need tweaked, it needs to be dissolved. We should go back to the BCS system to pick the teams. What would even be better would be to go to an 8 team playoff. People feel that this is too many games for college players to play, and I agree completely. The simple solution is to take away one regular season game. Every one of these football powers plays at least one game against a very small school, that they blow away. The excuse is that these schools reap the benefits of the gate receipts, at these large sold out stadiums. Let them share in the much greater revenue of the quarter final games of a college football playoff, and avoid the pounding they take playing one of these games. Have the five conference champions and the top 3 teams in a BCS ranking system that are not conference champions be the 8 teams in the play offs. A system that would make two games, where all four teams are 8-0, equally significant.