So it’s official: There will be a playoff in college football.
But can you call four teams a playoff? What other sport — at any level — has just a four-team playoff? Four out of 124 teams make it. Granted, not all 124 FBS teams are worthy of making the playoffs, but you get my drift.
Does this make things any easier/better for the smaller guys, like in the Mountain West? Doesn’t appear so. Perhaps an eight-team or larger field would have helped.
I will say this is better than the old format, and it should mean more money for everyone in college football in terms of revenue sharing. But like always, the rich will get richer and the little guy hopefully gets a little bigger piece of the pie — whatever that may be.
One thing about this four-team playoff that I’m not sure I like is the rotating of the bowl games. I’m afraid that is going to take a lot of fans out of it. Let’s say you are an Oklahoma fan. Your team is playing in the Orange Bowl in a semifinal game and the winner goes to the championship game in the Rose Bowl the next week. Will fans go to both? Can they afford to go to both? I know there are rabid fans every where, but that is a strain in a lot of ways no matter how die-hard you are.
I’m afraid that this new format will make determining college football’s national champion kind of like the Super Bowl: The elite go to the games. It will become more corporate. Will you see games where half the stadium is full of one team’s fans and the other half of the other team’s fans? Maybe, but it is leaning towards not. That’s one of the many things that makes college football so fun, in my opinion.
Below are some links to some stories on the new playoff format. I want to hear what you think. I also posted a new poll question to get your thoughts.