The Bowl Championship Series has a plethora of detractors. It is confusing to casual fans, and it only allows for teams from six conferences to have a shot at the championship. Furthermore, there is no playoff format, as there is with all other major sports. It has been a debate among fans and analysts for years. It is not just the typical fan that is weary of the BCS and the method in which the College Football champion is determined.
Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, formed a company in late December of 2010 that would create a playoff system in college football. Radical Football is the company that Cuban hopes will become the alternative to the puzzling and often ostracized BCS way of determining the titleholder.
While the BCS claims to create a playoff-style flavor during the regular season, it is simply not the same.
Football is arguably America’s favorite game. America loves college sports. The perfect scenario would be for America’s favorite game to have a playoff, or tournament-like atmosphere at season’s end.
College Basketball has March Madness, which always exudes excitement, whether you are a hardcore basketball fan or just a casual observer. While College Football has the larger following, College Basketball has the ideal playoff scenario. They have 68 teams ranked and seeded accordingly to how they performed throughout the regular season. They are assigned to one of four separate regions. It does not matter if you are from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) or the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), you have a shot to win the championship if you perform in the tournament.
That is really what American sports are all about. Sometimes the best teams in the regular season do not win the championship. We have seen it in all major sporting associations, all except College Football. The BCS goes against what American sports are all about. It excludes teams from title hopes before the season ever begins.
Meanwhile, in College Basketball, Butler, who earned a right in the NCAA Basketball Championship Game in 2010 and 2011, has the opportunity to cut down the nets. It gives hope to George Mason, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth, who qualified for the final four in 2011.
Clearly, College Football could not have a tournament mirroring the one of College Basketball, as football takes a much larger toll on the body than basketball. However, a playoff system of some sort could be arranged that would be fair. Whether Mark Cuban and his organization is the answer, or another playoff idea, College Football would thrive under a playoff style system.