College football playoff needs to be expanded


the bracket for the new playoff

This is the first season that college football has implemented a college football playoff after 15 years of the BCS system in place. After years of what has created such controversy could be trading one problem for another because teams will still feel deserving of a chance.

The new playoff format in college football I think should go one of two directions. The first is making the playoff just like the NCAA tournament with all major conferences getting an automatic bid. The second change is how it should go back to the old format of the BCS, by having the playoff; a team can have a couple losses and still be in the running for the national title. In the BCS, a team can only afford one loss at most with help from other schools and two losses would diminish teams chances instantly.

The new college football playoff system is now underway in the 2014-2015 college football season and will see the top four teams in the Associated Press poll play in a final four format with the semi-final games held at the Superdome in New Orleans host of the Sugar Bowl and at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The championship game will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The college football playoff should be expanded to 12 teams so more teams have a chance to play for the national championship. The way the playoff committee can do it is to make it the same as the NFL playoffs with a wild-card game, an Elite 8, a Final Four, and then a championship game. All non-championship being held at the Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta Bowl locations with the championship held at an NFL stadium. The higher seeds would get a favorable location. This format would bring the total number of games to 10 and make the schools much more money.

This season, teams that have been known to get shunned for others in the powerhouse conferences, like the Pac-12, Big Ten, or the Southeastern Conference (SEC) have shown promise in what can be a new dawn of a new era in college football. During the BCS era from 1998 to 2013, teams from the SEC won the BCS title game a record nine times, while the Associated Press poll decided its own national champion. The most notable instance was in 2003 when LSU won the BCS title game but the AP gave the championship to USC (vacated due to ineligible player). Both championship banners are on display in each teams respective fields.

This season has already seen college teams in the country battle for the four spots, and teams are looking move up in the poll because all it takes this year is a fourth ranking to make the playoff.

With the new playoff format comes more money for schools, television, and conferences due to the extra game that will be played. Last year, when the BCS was still in effect, there were a lot good teams that felt they should have at least had a chance to go toe to toe with FSU or Auburn such as Michigan State who had beaten Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game very convincingly. Whereas Auburn beat Alabama on a once in a lifetime play.

I have been watching college football for years, and when a team upsets a higher-ranked opponent, it always makes for a good game. No matter where it is being held, the fans are super excited whereas NFL fans do not have the same level of hype for a regular season game.