Should There Be Playoffs In Division 1-A College Football?

Should there be playoffs in Division 1-A College Football? Our forum members key in and make their decisions. See if they think Div. 1-A should have a playoff system and if BSU should've had a chance at the Nat. Championship. Read on...


TOPIC: Should There Be Playoffs In Division 1-A College Football?

The Question:

With the Division 1-A college football season finally over we can now sit back and reflect on what could be considered one of the best college football seasons on record. Now we wonder ...

Should There Be Playoffs In Division 1-A College Football? Describe both the positive and negative reasons for having a playoff.

Why is it so difficult for non BCS teams to get into the BCS bowl series?

Does the BSU/Oklahoma game rank as one of the best college football games ever?

Bonus Question: Should BSU get a piece of the BCS Championship or do you think BSU and the Florida Gators should have a playoff game? Why or why not.

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With the Division 1-A college football season finally over we can now sit back and reflect on what could be considered one of the best college football seasons on record. Now we wonder ...


Division 1-A Playoffs?
Should There Be Playoffs In Division 1-A College Football? Describe Both The Positive And Negative Reasons For Having A Playoff.

By all means there should be a playoff system in place in Division 1-A college football. The debate has been going on for decades and just recently those in charge at NCAA have considered having a "+1" game in order to determine who plays for what. But the real issue at hand is that in every other sport at every other level there is a playoff system in place to determine a true champion.

Money, Money, Money!

    So why is there no playoff system in place in Division 1-A? Simple answer, money. The naming rights, that other game bringing in tons of publicity, advertisements, it adds up. Schools in the BCS earn MILLIONS of dollars in one fell swoop for their program. This is a con.

    You're giving millions of dollars to a program that already has some of the best facilities in the nation, it's only going to make them better. The smaller schools struggle mightily when it comes to showing up against the reigning powerhouses. Wake Forest is a notable exception when they won some very close games this year.

Undefeated Records:

    Another con is of course those left with an undefeated record not competing for the BCS Championship. The University of Utah, University of Auburn, and Boise State University have all gone undefeated in the last 5 years and for them there is no one else to play.

    They finish their seasons and watch as USC or Michigan competes for the BCS Championship because a computer ranked them slightly higher.

    A playoff system would help determine who in fact is the best in the nation. No longer will you have a team sit and wait 54 days from their last game to play someone else. There would be games leading up to the showdown.

Who Would Come?

    A concern is what about getting a crowd to show up? Would enough fans come out to support their team for possibly 4 more games at a neutral field? The answer is yes and yes. Even if thousands of fans did not travel from their home state to see let's say LSU play, thousands of people would show up just to see the game.

    I live in Massachusetts and if Michigan and Louisville slugged it out at Foxboro I would definitely pay to see it. That is in my guess the feeling of many people. A good game is a good game and worth watching.

Injuries:

    One negative would be the possibility of injury and the strain it would put on students who already miss a lot of class for football. Injuries are just part of the game and it is possible to pull off a playoff system of only 3 more additional games. And injuries are sadly part of the game.

    Though in a team with 99 players on a team, I'm sure a suitable backup can be found. If a playmaker is injured, well, it allows the other team to game plan against the backup. It will help increase realism because it happens in the NFL all of the time (see any rookie left tackle starting vs. a 3-4 defense).

Academics:

    As for academic issues, these kids are getting full rides at these programs. If they begin to struggle, they can receive tutors or incorporate more technology into their learning i.e. provide resources online for them to send their assignments in or perhaps even have pod casts available for them to watch. With a full ride to this prestigious school, 5 years instead of 4 would also be a viable option if they're struggling so much.


Non-BCS Teams
Why Is It So Difficult For Non BCS Teams To Get Into The BCS Bowl Series?

It is difficult for non-BCS teams to get into a BCS bowl series because of the strength of schedule. Many schools play soft schedules to help their records. The Big-10 is going to have Ohio State playing Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, etc. All top teams. This boosts their rating from the computer if they win these games.

Small schools will be playing fellow lower ranked teams making it that much harder to rise in the rankings. Also the talent level is lower at a MAC school then perhaps a SEC school. Tennessee is going to have more pulling power at getting top recruits than Ball State.

Again, the big teams are going to have much better facilities with the money they rake in every year. It's like a self-sustaining money machine for some of these schools. Sadly though, a decent team will rise through the ranks like Utah did and go undefeated but left out of the BCS Championship considerations because they haven't "proven" themselves over the years.


The Fiesta Bowl
Does The BSU/Oklahoma Game Rank As One Of The Best College Football Games Ever?

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The BSU/Oklahoma game ranks within at least the top 20 games in college football history. Here we have little known Boise State going against one of the best programs in the last 100 years in college football.

This is actually a plus of the BCS series because 20 years ago OU would've refused to play against such a lightly known team. But BSU dominated OU through 3 quarters of football. While many experts expected BSU to use trick plays throughout the game to "contend", they didn't.

They basically shoved it down OU's throat throughout the game until OU made a comeback in the 4th quarter. Then in the final minutes both teams score to tie it up and go into overtime. Adrian Peterson coming off his injury scores a go ahead touchdown and BSU strikes right back with a hook and ladder play.

Then OU scores another go ahead touchdown with BSU scoring on a WR throw to a TE. Then they pull off a statue of liberty that faked EVERYONE on the touted OU defense except the backside DE who had to deal with 3 BSU blockers. Then after BSU wins, their star RB runs off to propose to his cheerleader-girlfriend. Story book ending.

It proves that a small not very well known team can beat a powerhouse and should have the chance to compete for the BCS championship.

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Bonus Question
Should BSU Get A Piece Of The BCS Championship Or Do You Think BSU And The Florida Gators Should Have A Playoff Game? Why Or Why Not.

Although I believe BSU had an incredibly talented team, they would've been blown out by USC, LSU, Ohio State or Florida in my opinion.

A bracket playoff system would be best to determine a true champion but just to have a playoff between the Gators and Broncos would be kind of dumb. It would just be another week added to a season that stretches already way too long. BSU should in reality start off a little higher in the polls in order to perhaps finish higher than this year's ranking.

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I believe there should be a playoff system in Division I-A college football.

Positive Reasons:

    There are several positive reasons to have a playoff system. The first is that it prevents a situation like the BCS had in the 2003-2004 season with USC was denied the opportunity to play in the national title game even though it was ranked No. 1 in both major polls.

    Another plus of a playoff system is it prevents the what-ifs? The teams like Boise State that win great games that aren't the national championship, and then everybody wonders what could've been if they'd played Florida.

    With a playoff system in place teams from smaller conferences would be able to play national powerhouses, so teams like Boise State would have a shot at the title.

    There is a lot of money earned by teams who get into BCS bowls, so that helps to keep the BCS in place. This can be solved by giving money to schools based on playoff finish.

    It can also be seen as positive that this extends the season, which could generate more revenue through attendance and advertising later in the year.

Some Negative Reasons:

    The extension of the season can also be seen as a bad thing, since football players miss quite a bit of class as it is, and making the season longer will cause the players to miss even more class.

    Another objection is that it would be difficult, since there are 11 conferences in Div. 1-A, to get every team into a playoff. This could be solved by giving automatic bids to the champions of each conference ranked the 5th highest get automatic bids. The next six then play one game each, with the winners moving on to create a 8-team playoff system.


Non-BCS Teams
Why Is It So Hard For A Non BCS Team To Get Into A BCS Bowl?

One big reason is the strength of schedule factor, since teams in small conferences play a lot of conference opponents, they are usually seen as just beating up on weak opponents. In a playoff system we would get to see small conference teams play large conferences teams, so this wouldn't be an issue.

Another reason is that small conference teams don't have a lot of big name players or nationwide fans. This makes people think that no one would want to watch a game where they hadn't heard of many of the players. If we had a playoff system in place people would be intrigued by a Cinderella story beating all the big names, like the way George Mason got so many new fans when they made the final four.

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The Fiesta Bowl
Does The BSU/Oklahoma Game Rank As One Of The Best College Football Games Ever?

The BSU/Oklahoma game easily ranks as one of the greatest finishes in not only college football history, but American Football history all together. For any one not familiar with the game they can find out about it here.

This game featured almost all the elements of a great game, a late comeback by Oklahoma, several big plays at the end of regulation, and a gutsy call to go for the win with a trick play. The only thing missing about this game is a huge defensive play, but the offensive plays almost make up for that. Not to mention, a proposal from Ian Johnson, the BSU running back, to his girlfriend at the end of the game.


Bonus Question
Should BSU Get A Piece Of The National Title Or Play Florida For The Title?

No, and no, BSU, while being a great team by all means, can't be given a piece of the title, since they didn't play in the national title game. If you give a title to BSU now, then forever and ever every team that wins a great game would be asking for a piece of the title, since BSU got one.

BSU cannot play Florida for the title since players for both teams just played huge games and are extremely tired and the game wouldn't have any intensity to it. If there was a playoff system in place this game may have already taken place, but in the BCS it would raise too many problems.

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