BCS Championship vs. College Football Playoff: Let’s just be honest with each other for a minute. There aren’t many people out there that BCS is better than a college football playoff, unless of course they happen to be fans of one of the few lucky teams that get selected by the computers, and that includes those in charge of making the decisions in college football.
The reason that the BCS exists is not because it is the best way to figure out who should be the national champion. It exists because it is the best way for college football to maximize their revenue from its biggest money making sport. The 32 bowl games that, and the 5 that are specifically intertwined with the BCS, make the NCAA, and their schools, a ton of money. Why do you think the schools are so happy to make a bowl game? That’s right, it’s the cash register receipts.
The problem that I see in this whole situation is that nobody has mentioned a plan that can incorporate BOTH the BCS and a playoff system. To me, this solution would exponentially increase the amount of money that comes in during bowl season.
In my play you have a 10-team playoff. The BCS standings come into play to choose the 8 teams that get chosen. Just like the BCS the champions of the BCS conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-10, SEC, and the Big East) get automatic spots in the playoffs. After that the BCS chooses the next four teams from the highest computer ranked teams in the nation. Seedings would also be made using the BCS with the highest seeded team being the top-ranked team.
There would also be an exception made for a smaller conference school. Like a Boise State or a Hawaii. Just like now, if a school from a small conference makes the top-12, they would automatically be in the playoff. A Non-BCS school would also get an invite if they finished ahead of a BCS conference champion in the BCS polls, regardless of where they they finished the season in the poll.
Now, the top two six teams in the seedings would get byes and the last four would play two play-in games. When the winners of these two games advance they would play the two top seeds and you would have an 8 team playoff from there.
Now how does the BCS play more of a factor in this? Simple. You keep all of the BCS bowls (Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and the national championship). There would be one layoff week after the national championship game is decided and the teams would be selected for their bowls (except the top 2 teams which would be sent to the national championship.) The week after the bye week all of these bowls would take place, ending with the national championship.
You would also keep all the other bowl games for teams that are not in the playoff.
Could this be done? Yes, it could. They do something something similar in the championship subdivision of division 1, minus the bowls. This system would extend the season by about a week or two, but it would also maximize the revenue for the NCAA and the schools that made the playoffs.
Of course this system is possible, but I don’t think you will see anything like it in the near future, and definitely not before the NCAA’s contract with the BCS runs out. Hopefully something will happen, though, since we have been robbed of some great games this season, like USC/Georgia or LSU/West Virginia.