Scrap bowls and put in playoffs

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The people have spoken.

And the powers-that-be still aren't listening.

A Quinnipiac University poll last week found that 63 percent of those surveyed favor scrapping college football's Bowl Championship Series in favor of a more sensible, more entertaining playoff system.

"College football fans are not in love with the current system in which two teams that play for the national championship are picked by computers, sportswriters and coaches," said Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

It's blindingly obvious. Every other level of college football does it. With playoffs -- say, a 16-team field of the sport's best -- fans get a higher caliber of play and an undisputed national champion. In a playoff, every game matters.

Instead, the impenetrable logic of the BCS gives us such yawn-inducing matchups as Minnesota vs. Iowa State, two 6-6 teams, that played New Year's Eve in the Insight Bowl, whatever that is.

The folks in charge of college football are hurting their own product by not switching to playoffs. Playoffs would boost sagging TV ratings, eliminate bias toward certain conferences and -- most importantly -- choose a winner on the field, not out of a jumble of polls and formulas.

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ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/03/10 - 12:28 am
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The best two teams in the

The best two teams in the nation already played each other on December 5th. This BCS thing all rather pointless again this year. I'll be back to eat crow if 'Bama is upset, but I can't see it happening. So, would a playoff have given us an SEC Championship rematch? I'm not sure the Gators want to play them again so soon. Go Gators, Go SEC!

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Riverman1 01/03/10 - 12:35 am
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For the record, the Insight

For the record, the Insight Bowl is a non-BCS bowl. You are suggesting that if a play-off system is implemented, the non-BCS bowls should end?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/03/10 - 06:36 am
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The BCS mess didn't improve a

The BCS mess didn't improve a thing and just delayed the inevitable. A playoff will be instituted after the current bowl system drives away more viewers. However, at 59 I wonder if I'll be around to see it.

deekster
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deekster 01/03/10 - 07:29 am
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It is all about marketing and

It is all about marketing and money. Television executives decide which games and at what times will make the most money. Every sport has become "pro wrestling" where competition has no value. First it was pro wrestling, then pro basketball, then NASCAR. Even baseball has fallen vistim to "what matchup will bring in the most revenue". Whatever will make money is good!!! Heck with the fans. Disillusioned fans drink more Budweiser and that adds to the profits. Get over it "sports purist". The ship has sailed along with all the other American dreams.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/03/10 - 07:52 am
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Dang, deekster, that's a

Dang, deekster, that's a mighty pessimistic post. Try some yoga. I find it improves my attitude.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/03/10 - 08:02 am
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The money from bowl games

The money from bowl games does many wonderful things for the colleges, universities and conferences. The alternatives to the current system that I like best include keeping the number of bowl games (currently 34) approximately the same, just using some of them for a playdown system. The local economies that host bowl games also count on that revenue. I don't know, I could argue it both ways. I can not argue who is the best team this year, however.

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justthefacts 01/03/10 - 08:15 am
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With all the talk, still no

With all the talk, still no workable system has been produced by anyone. This system is the best we have. Do we HAVE to have an undisputed NC? I like the passion.

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spotted_assassin 01/03/10 - 10:48 pm
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This could all be solved if

This could all be solved if they went to a playoff system with sponsors buying rights to games and venues. The top 32 teams are in, and go from there!

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