Now’s The Right Time To Start Talking About A College Football Playoff
I enjoy just about every sport on the planet—basketball, baseball, cricket and that weird Olympic sport that looks like brooming (curling, is it?) included—but there’s nothing like the start of a new football season. The crisp fall chill in the air, the marching bands, the sound of my bookie’s phone ringing off the hook the crack of two helmets colliding with one another. Ah, yes—football is back! And things couldn’t be better.
But shouldn’t talk about an NCAA college football playoff system be back, too? It seems every December, a group of bloggers, columnists and sports nuts start clamoring for the NCAA to install a playoff system for college football. They make arguments and try to show why college football would be better off having a playoff system. They go crazy ranting on and on (and on…) about the great injustice the NCAA is doing by not installing such a system. They even downplay the impact of some of college football’s bowl games to make a point.
That talk dies down shortly after the final bowl game of the season, and it seems like it doesn’t pick up again until the end of the next season, as teams start to find out where they’ll be playing their college bowl games. My question: Why don’t we start talking about a playoff system now?
I know the answer, of course. It’s not a sexy topic at this time of year. Players, coaches, analysts, and fans are just excited to see college football return for another year. They’re excited to see a big game like Boise State versus Virginia Tech on opening weekend. And they want to enjoy every second of it, not complain about it.
But that might be exactly what college football needs to get a playoff system. Rather than have everyone pile on at the end of the season when things are hectic and decisions aren’t really being made about the future of college football, more people need to put the bug into the NCAA’s ear: “We’re glad college football is back…but how about that playoff system?”
Use games like the Boise State/Virginia Tech game to showcase what a potential playoff matchup would be like. Talk about how Boise State, despite its stellar team this year, will be out of the running for a national championship if they lose their very first game. Make a case that there would be more opening weekend matchups like Boise/VT—if not for the fact that there are a lot of teams that are afraid to play tough games at the beginning of the season, for fear of missing out on a Bowl Championship Series bowl later on in the year.
In other words, if a college football playoff is that important, it’s something that should be a priority this week, next week and every week until the NCAA finally gives in and gives college football fans what they want. Let’s not go through another whole season before we finally open Pandora’s Box, only to find that we’ve gone through another season without a playoff system.
Because for as excited as I am to see college football back in action, I’m just as upset that the NCAA has made absolutely no traction on the issue of a playoff. Let’s force their hand and start talking about it now so that it becomes more than just fodder for columnists at the end of the season. Let’s turn our excitement for opening weekend into something tangible. Let’s get the playoff system that we all desire so much.
It’s right there for the taking. And once we finally get it, we can all sit back and think the same thing…IT’S ABOUT $^&%@#* TIME!