The BCS is dead well kind of, after the completion of the 2014 college football season the current BCS contract will have run its course and a new playoff model will be put in place. This is what the college football world needs. For too long we have been waiting on computers and college coaches with agendas to determine who gets a chance to play for the title. A playoff system is only fair.
As constituted right now, the 4 conference champs rated highest in the polls will play head to head with the two highest ranking teams playing home games and the a neutral site NC game to be played somewhere around New Years day. What isn’t determined is if its all conferences or just BCS conferences, I don’t really know if that matters because all the small programs that have been top 5 teams in the last 10 years have basically moved to BCS conferences or will have by the end of the current BCS contract.
This will make for fantastic football mid December in stead of meaningless bowl games. Yes there will still be like 100 bowl games but there are only 3 games that really matter. This year would have pitted Wisconsin @ LSU and Oregon at Oklahoma State, could you imagine? But what does this scenario leave out? Oh yea are eventual national champion Alabama. Whatever I don’t care two teams that play in the same conference should not play for the title, Bama had a chance to win its conference and blew it by missing field goals.
The onus should be put on winning a conference championship to get to a playoff if you don’t win you go to a minor bowl game plain and simple. Conferences continue to get deeper and tougher to win, and I can envision teams winning conferences with 2 losses and still making the playoffs. That’s where the rankings still come into play. If Uconn wins the big east at 8-4 and Nebraska wins the Big 10 at 8-4 but the big ten is a tougher conference they will be higher in the polls and go in over Uconn. That makes sense. It will definitely be tough for a Big East team to make it to the playoffs unless they go undefeated. The conference is that weak.
All this being said one change you may see is more teams lowering their strength of schedule, why play more tough games if all you need to do is win your conference, why would LSU schedule Oregon when they already play a tough SEC schedule and no matter what if they win SEC title game they will be in the playoffs.
This also lets us knock off pretenders as well we have seen every year that teams from outside the SEC usually are over matched when they play in the NC game now those teams will have to play a really tough opponent to even get in the game and with the conference championship games in the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 16, SEC and ACC you will now have to play 2 tough games to get to that point so for all intensive purposes its really a ten team playoff. Unless of course there is an upset, like say this year because of USC’s probation a 6-6 UCLA team got to play Oregon for the pac 16 title and if they had won some how they would have been left out of the playoffs, hell if UCLA beat Oregon the Ducks couldn’t even argue that they deserved to be in the playoffs anyways.
I really love it, conference championship games carry so much more meaning now and that 4 team playoff that follows will for sure be some excellent football. I mean could you imagine the game between the Cowboys and Ducks this year it would have been like 92-87 lol, but OSU would have gotten an opportunity to try that offense out against a stout SEC defense. Coaches are probably going to hate this because now you have to win 3 more games to win the NC but no one will be able to say it wasn’t earned or someone shouldn’t have been there and that’s what we want that’s what we need.
2015 cant come soon enough.