On June 26, 2012, college football fans had their prayers answered when the BCS committee announced that college football would finally have a playoff.
There will be four teams in this playoff system, starting at the end of the 2014 season, and will run 14 years. There will be a selection committee who would pick four teams using the following criteria: win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head games, and whether or not a team wins it's conference championship.
There will be a semi-final, and then a "Championship Monday."
There will also be three contract bowls. The Champions Bowl, which is a partnership between the SEC and Big 12, the Rose Bowl, which is still the Big 10 and Pac 12, and a bowl that is reserved for the ACC, which the Big East and Notre Dame are trying to qualify for as well.
College football fans were overjoyed when they heard the news that there would be a new postseason in college football, but some were still not very happy.
Many believe that there should be more teams in this playoff system. Their reasons range from providing more excitement, to fairness, by giving non-AQ schools a chance for the big prize.
With a four-team playoff, chances are high that a non-AQ school will not be selected, even if a non-AQ program had a perfect record.
With two full college football seasons left before the playoff system takes effect, I believe that the BCS will increase the number of teams to this system.
Some think that there should be ten teams, so when a team gets into the top-ten, they know that all they have to do is stay there, and they will be competing for the crystal football.
However, a ten-team playoff would be very difficult, because most tournaments that have a ten-team bracket that use a double-elimination format. That would take many weeks to finish, and it would not be good for the game.
A ten team single elimination bracket, the bracket above, makes more sense. The only thing that is troubling about this format is that there would be four teams, overall, that would have to win to play the No.1 and No.2 seed.
This is very similar to the "First Four" in college basketball, which has received a great deal of criticism. It has the feel of a "Qualifying Game", and that would not be good for college football because it's basically a play-in game. When a team makes it into a tournament or playoff, they should not have to play an extra game in order to fully get themselves in.
An eight-team playoff would be the best for college football.
There would not be a play-in game, and one or two non-AQ schools could qualify. With a four-team playoff, neither two loss teams nor non-AQ schools would be selected. And a two-loss SEC, Big 12, ACC, or Big 10 team may deserve a shot at the title, depending on what happened during the season.
In three years, this playoff system will take center stage, and I believe that the BCS will add more teams before then.
This playoff will help not only the sport, but also the teams, players, and fans.
This new postseason will do something that the sport has never had. The teams will really have to prove that they deserved a chance at the title, and much less controversy included as well. And a team like last year's Oklahoma State will get a shot to prove themselves.
William Scott, 13-year-old sportswriter
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