So You Want a College Football Playoff?
About a month ago, I wrote an article on Blogcritics in which I explained why a college football playoff wouldn't solve the sport's perceived problems. Despite the fact that there are still two undefeated teams, I still feel the same way.
While a Boise St./Alabama matchup would be fun, it is both unnecessary and unfair. Alabama had to run the table through the SEC, the toughest conference in the country, while Boise St. got to tip-toe through the WAC. Don't get me wrong, Boise St. is a great team that had convincing victories against Oregon and TCU, but those were the only ranked teams they played.
On the other hand, Alabama had to play six ranked teams, plus 4 unranked bowl teams. This lack of balance was proven on the field in the Sugar Bowl, where one-loss Florida completely dismantled undefeated Cincinnati, thus proving that undefeated teams are not created equal.
Furthermore, there is a complete lack of balance between the conferences, too, as conferences with fewer than 12 teams don't have to play a conference championship game. I don't want to see the NCAA implement a playoff system, however I realize that I'm in a shrinking minority.
Any playoff needs to solve the biggest problem of the current system, the lack of balance in college football. Short of restructuring the college football conferences, I don't think this is possible.