I was going to blog about the BCS rankings and make a case for TCU to play Alabama for the national championship. I figured this would be somewhat easy because the Horned Frogs have dominated basically all season. While you can make a case for TCU, you can also make good ones for Cincinnati and Texas. So what did I decide after 90 minutes of analysis? The BCS/bowl system is as exciting as Al Gore on NyQuil. It’s time for playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
That is more obvious this year than perhaps any other. There are FIVE undefeated teams after the regular season. Only two of those will have a shot at a national championship, and that’s a shame. If the archaic, money-grubbing, close-minded and pig-headed college presidents and major conference commissioners had a clue, we’d have an eight-team playoff featuring a little bit of everything.
National powers? How about No. 1 seed Alabama, No. 2 Texas, No. 6 Florida and No. 8 Ohio State? You like underdogs? We’ve got third-seeded TCU and fifth-seeded Boise State. Round out the field with rising Cincinnati (the four seed) and No. 7 seed Oregon, which went 10-2 with losses at Boise State and at Stanford.
What happens with the presidents’ beloved bowl games? You’ve got four “major” traditional bowls: Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Rose. Add the Cotton, which was unjustly demoted in the 1990s, and that’s five. The championship game, currently the BCS bowl, would be No. 6. With an eight-team playoff, seven games will be played. Create another major bowl, with, of course, a massive commitment from a national sponsor, and you’ve got seven bowl games in an eight-team tournament. The bowls can rotate between the quarterfinals and semifinals.
What about all the other bowls? Keep ’em. There’s nothing wrong with rewarding teams for a good season. But there should be a rule that no 6-6 team plays in a bowl. Only teams with a winning record go bowling.
This isn’t a ground-breaking proposal. Plenty of others endorse a playoff. It’s a shame in a season in which we’ve got five unbeatens that only two have a shot at winning it all. There’s no legitimate reason to stick with the current system. A playoff would make more money than the current setup. More importantly, you’d have an undisputed champion. Well, as close to undisputed as you’re going to get.
2009 College Football Playoff (Sponsored by Anheuser-Busch)
Saturday, Dec. 26
Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 TCU vs. No. 6 Florida
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Ohio State
Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 7 Oregon
Orange Bowl: No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 5 Boise State
Saturday, Jan. 2
Rose Bowl: Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Extenze Bowl (or another major sponsor): Middle two remaining seeds
Monday, Jan. 9
Sprint Bowl title game