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College Football's BCS vs. Playoff Debate 25

  • Posted by: Sarah Rodriguez
  • December 15, 2010, 12:49 PM

It has been long debated whether college football should decide its champion by the BCS or a playoff system. People have taken opposing sides on this issue and both points of view contain positives and negatives.

The Bowl Championship Series, currently in place, ranks teams based on their standings in the AP and Coach’s poll, computer polls, strength of schedule, number of losses, and quality wins. When the time comes for bowl game selections, teams ranked Number 1 and Number 2 are selected to play each other for the championship. Despite the number of undefeated teams (three this season), only the top two ranked teams get to play in the BCS National Championship.

This year, Auburn and Oregon will play each other, while undefeated TCU has to settle for the Rose Bowl. Boise State, who has only a single loss, will not play in a BCS name bowl game. This dilemma creates a strong reason to have a playoff system, but the money made in bowl games prevents an immediate change. Bowl workers receive large sums of money from their games, making them hesitant to switch to a playoff system. A large sacrifice would have to be made and people aren’t ready to give up their luxuries. Even though it may be a tough change, a move to some sort of playoff system needs to be made.

Having only a playoff system, consisting of eight or 16 teams, has its own problems. A limited number of teams could participate and the season may end up being too long. Teams with more than 2-3 losses will almost never get the chance to play in a postseason game. For example, ACC champion Virginia Tech might not have made it to the postseason after losses to Boise State and James Madison. The money generated from playoff games would be substantially less than the regular bowl games due to the fewer games that will occur. So a hybrid between bowl games and a playoff system needs to be found.

One idea that combines the positives from both systems would be an eight team playoff and bowl games. The playoff bracket would contain the top 8 teams in the BCS standings. This would give smaller conference schools with weaker schedules and great records a better shot to be champions. If it was in place now, TCU would have a chance to prove themselves. Also, with this idea, the remaining bowl eligible teams would be picked to fill bowl games. Teams would be given a chance to play in a postseason game even if it is not the playoffs. The playoff and bowl game proposal would generate enough money to make the switch beneficial.

The BCS bowl system will have to stay in place until college football officials decide a major change needs to be made. But for the time being, new opinions and ideas need to be created and debated. They could make NCAA college football even better.

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the husker bowl game did not go very well. i think they should have done better. GO HUSKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=)=


I think we can all agree that there was no way in heck that UCONN should have played Oklahoma. And Boise as a one loss team, is way better than the Las Vegas Bowl. Even Stanford and VA Tech. We knew who was going to win every game. And if the National championship isnt good. KISS THE BCS GOODBYE

Nice Article <3

I'm angry, OU deserved to play someone better than Uconn in the Fiesta Bowl

i agree !!!!

If the NCAA changes its postseason to a playoff format, it will ruin the tradition of bowls such as the cotton bowl or rose bowl. Those games have so much tradition.

I totally agree with FootballAce1625.

There definitely should be a playoff. It gives the lower ranked teams a shot at the big game. I bet Oregon or Auburn wouldn't even make it. If there was a playoff I think things would be so much more entertaining.

I love Auburn and tcu cam naewton, the beast at auburn and andy dalton at tcu

Big Sports Fan especially Football and I totally agree with you !!!

There should be a playoff so teams like nevada who can stop good teams like Boisie St. could still have a chance. I think just because they have one bad day should not kick them out of the B.C.S.

There should be a playoff because if nebraska beat texas last year that whole thing would have changed.


Its fine the way it is

I like your artcile

A playoff would be a better way to determine a champ.

great article you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i totaly agree with you


I think that BSU and TCU get snubbed so there should be a playoff but there should also be Non-BCS bowl games

AAAAAAmen. there needs to be a Playoff to decide a BCS champion, while still having bowl games for the remainder of the teams. Also each game in the playoff could be sponsored by those whom would otherwise sponsor a bowl. Then there would be the best of both worlds, a definitive number 1 and still a bowl season.

Great article!!!! You go girl!

i totaly agree!!!!!! TCU should get to be in a playoff for the title. Im so mad!

tcu stinks

i agree i hate oregon that almost lost to unranked teams the bcs title game should be auburn and tcu but auburn would kick frog tail even though i like tcu a little auburn is my #1 favorite

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