Long Awaited College Football Playoff
I wouldn’t call college football an insular sport, but it seems to have taken a long time for it to come around to a playoff system like the NCAA basketball match up.
Fans have been clamoring for this for years, and even the President weighed in in favor of a playoff system to replace the old Bowls and arbitrarily selected #1 and #2 teams.
It’s true that the controversy will shift downwards to the #5 team that is left out, but this is a much fairer selection process to ensure the very best teams all have a chance.
The new playoff setup will begin in 2014 and will replace the Bowl Championship Series. The sites for the semifinal games will rotate among six Bowl locations, and the championship game will be held in a neutral city.
The new plan has been formally approved after a six-month suggestion period, and playoff teams will be selected based on record, strength of schedule, conference championships and head-to-head match ups.
It will create an atmosphere similar to the Final Four in the NCAA basketball tournament, and given the popularity of college football, it should even exceed that in excitement.
It’s a bonanza for college football fans, and one just has to wonder why it took so long.