Now that the 2012 College Football regular season has come to close, we are now subjected to the worst post season in all of sport. While the regular season brought much excitement, including the emergence of Johnny "Football/Touchdown/Heisman" Manziel, the post/bowl/silly season brings many yawns including a New Year's Day game matching up Northwestern and Mississippi State. Mark your calendars for that one.
We could go off on a lengthy rant about the entire bowl process (which somehow excludes the second most prolific offensive team in Louisiana Tech) but we will focus here on the BCS Trophy game and the upcoming four team playoff starting in two years.
While we are no fans of the current system, it seems to get it right most years just by sheer luck. This year, not so much. We are not convinced that either of the teams (Notre Dame and Alabama) are the best two teams in the country. There is circumstantial evidence to back this up. However, there is no concrete evidence to argue otherwise. Notre Dame is undefeated playing a schedule that did not include any cupcakes. Alabama won the SEC, which many argue is the best conference in the nation.
We think any among Oregon, Texas A&M, Stanford, Kansas State, Florida and LSU could beat either of those teams on a neutral field at any given time. Or not. It's that close.
So, things would be better if we had the four team playoff in effect this season, right?
In the words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend."
Sports Illustrated had a mock selection committee pick the four playoff teams here. Very interesting read.
But are you comfortable with a final four of Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon and Florida? We're not. While that would provide for three very interesting games, leaving out Stanford (who beat Oregon), Texas A&M (who beat Alabama), Kansas State and LSU just seems wrong to us.
The four team playoff is a step in the right direction. But it is not that much better than what we have right now. We say either go all in with an eight team playoff, or keep it as is, or maybe scrap the whole thing and go back to the old way and end everything on January 1.
Oh yeah, and you kids get off of our lawn.