Preview 2008 -
Part Six - Why Is The BCS Better Than
CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot
topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the
college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about
from CFN in the
discussion are ...
- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
- College Football Columnist
- Bruce Feldman,
College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The
Sporting News -
College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College
Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, SI.com -
College Football Columnist
1 What aspect of
college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a
two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should
college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8
Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami,
Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11
How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When
Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews
You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games
- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman
2007 Roundtable Discussion
- Part One
The BCS, tweaks, and
college football's biggest problem
- Part Two
off-field changes, steroids and cheating
- Part Three
Overrated, underrated, 10 years from now, & what fans don't understand
6. Make your case why the BCS is
better than a playoff (without using the “every week is a playoff”
Because a playoff would
turn the sport into a facsimile of the NFL, where, instead of rewarding
greatness over the course of an entire season, it's about whoever gets
hot over a three-game stretch. See: the New York Giants.
Bruce Feldman: I can’t. I’d rather wear a Petrino for President
shirt around Atlanta for a month.
It isn’t better. But the best part about it is
it serves and protects the size, shape, feel and history of most of the
biggest rivalry game more so than a playoff system would. I still
greatly prefer the regular season to the bowls season.
written about 73 columns on this subject. Cliché or not, the No. 1
reason is that from the first snap of the first game, every moment
are some others:
Fairness. People say a playoff would bring fairness to the system.
Really? In 2005, only USC and Texas finished the regular season
undefeated. Would it have been fair to them to include 9-2 Notre Dame or
9-2 Ohio State in an eight-team playoff? And if you have an eight-team
playoff with six conference champs, how do you fairly select the two
at-larges? The cluster of teams ranked between 6-12 every year makes it
tradition of bowl games. No one would pay attention to non-playoff
bowls, and that would hurt the players involved, the communities that
host the games and the vacation-seeking fans.
season is long enough as it is.
uniqueness of the system. No one is trying to change the Final Four or
six-week NBA playoffs. Leave college football alone.
What's this great need for "finality"? What's wrong with a healthy
debate over who's No. 1?
fluke factor is diminished. If the goal is to have the two best teams
playing for the championship, then college football gets it right more
than any other sport. If Boston and Los Angeles were the No. 1 teams in
their respective conferences after the regular season, then why the need
for the NBA playoffs? The New York Giants didn’t even win their own
division and lost, at home, to New England, so all of a sudden they’re
the champions because they went on a hot run at the end of the year? Are
we supposed to throw out what happened in the regular season? I have no
problem with playoffs if they’re only made up of conference champions.
Once you throw wild-cards into the mix and teams that finished second or
lower in their conferences, the regular season has become devalued. More
often than not, college football has the best two teams in the title
game after they earned their way in.
Although a plus-one system would be
tailor-made for my taste, I’ve never been a proponent of a full-blown,
16-team playoff. It’s unnecessary for determining a national champion
and would diminish the importance of some regular season games. Who
wants LSU getting routed by Arkansas the day after Thanksgiving, yet
still qualifying as the No. 12 seed? If you want to find some beauty in
the bloated bowl system, there is something to be said for a few dozen
schools finishing the season with a W. The BCS is surprisingly close to
be a really crisp system, if only the powers-that-be could agree on one
additional game after the bowls have been played.
the BCS vs. Playoff…no case to be made…my only passionate argument is
against the Plus One game. I believe that some years it will get it
right, while others will penalize a clear cut top team…right now that
argument can be made against the current system, but if the idea is to
improve things I don’t believe a plus one model does it at all.
I'm not sure it is. Better to call it a
steppingstone -- though a flawed one -- from the traditional bowl system
to A national championship game. Prior to 1998 we never had one unless
it was by fluke in a bowl game. The BCS title game might not be the game
you want to see but it's a hell of a lot better than what we had.
as many problems with even a modest four-team playoff as there are with
the current BCS system. I'm starting to fall in line with this so-called
Plus-One Play-In that was proposed a few years ago. If it all changed
tomorrow I'd be OK with it. But last season was the best ever, in my
opinion. It would not have been possible if NOT for the BCS.
Any playoff raises
the ugly possibility of a coach playing it safe -- i.e. playoff position
-- instead of going balls out to win the game. I can foresee a day when,
say, Jim Tressel rests his quarterback against Michigan because a
playoff spot is clinched.