Thursday, June 21, 2012
FINALLY!! We have playoffs.
The moment it was announced that both SEC powers Alabama and LSU would be playing in the national title game, college football nation went into an uproar. How could two teams from the same conference meet in the BCS Championship Game? The BCS was desinged to keep this from happening. Well, it seems the BCS has faulted everyone and has failed completly with it's job. It now seems that the conference commissioners have figured out what college football needs.
Playoffs!!! Every other sport has playoffs other then FBS college football which is outstanding to say the least. The old saying was no playoffs made the FBS college football unique and different from all other sports. When in reality all the BCS did was ruin college football and snub teams that may have been the true champion.
In the SEC, 2004 and 2007 are highly regarded as the season one of their teams got snubbed. In 2004 Auburn went undefeated in the regular season and won the SEC Chamionship Game. The Tigers were left out of the BCS title only to see USC hammer Oklahoma 55-19. USC would later have that title revoked after the infamous Reggie Bush incident. So was Auburn the best team in the nation in 2004? Nobody knows, but in a playoff we would know.
2007 was a crazy year many teams lost and upsets were numerous. This is what made the 2007 season so memorable. However, on the night before the bowl games were announced all hell broke lose in college football. #9 Oklahoma crushed currently top ranked Missouri 38-17 in the Big XII Championship Game. Meanwhile, A four win Pittsburgh shocked the second ranked Mountaineers 13-9.
Before Sunday the ranks of the top four were
1. Missouri 11-2 (Lost to #9 Oklahoma 38-17)
2. West Virginia 10-2 (Lost to Pittsburgh 13-9)
3. Ohio State 11-1 (Did not play)
4. Georgia 10-2 (Did not play)
Many thought with Oklahoma, LSU, and USC all ranked below the top five that Georgia and Ohio State would move to #1 and #2. They were half right, the Buckeyes jumped to number one and were secured a national title spot. Georgia on the other hand did not rise at all and not only did they not rise they dropped.
The BCS Bowl matchups were terrible with blowouts and only one upset with Kansas beating Virginia Tech.
These two seasons were enough for the SEC to get on board with the playoff idea, but the other conferences needed some more convincing. Fast foward to 2012 with the confernce commissioners a long with the Notre Dame AD meet to decide on a playoff for 2014 season and beyond.
Today it has been announced that decsion was a consensus vote that there will be a four team playoff starting in 2014. The two national semifinal games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis, with the host sites being predetermined before each season. The national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.
The commissioners' consensus must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington, D.C.