Fixing The College Football Postseason

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Mike Schilling
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    I presume the college football postseason could be fixed with a relatively small amount of money distributed to key officials.Report

  2. Slade the Leveller
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    What happens to the conference championship games? Do they just become one of the bowls?Report

  3. Michael Cain
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    I think watching the Pac-12 and Rose Bowl in this process is going to be fascinating. The new Pac-12 commissioner says the future is in football and men’s basketball. While the ADs may back that, my impression is that the presidents, trustees/regents, and student bodies are likely to tell him to pound sand — “Conference of Champions” means winning lots of title in lots of sports. If you asked me to bet today, I’d bet that the Rose Bowl chooses to retain its West Coast New Year’s Day vibe, including a Pac-12 team, over being a cog in a national scheme dominated by the SEC and Big Ten.Report

  4. Kazzy
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    I’ve never been a huge college sports fan, though have increasingly gotten into college football lately. As someone who has mostly followed major American professional leagues, my take is that the playoffs have made individual games in the regular season more exciting and engaging, rendered most of the bowl games uninteresting (outside of gambling purposes), and made the four-team playoff itself must watch TV (even if there are blowouts).

    A radical proposal? Allow ONLY the champion of each conference to join the playoff. Georgia, you lost the SEC Championship? Tough. Miami, you can’t get past powerhouse Clemson? Maybe join a “lesser” conference and help bring parity among the conferences. When we look at the pros, we don’t put two NFC or American League teams in the championship round just because we think they’re both better than the best teams from the other side of the bracket.

    The problem is we pretend these conferences matter for something other than sports. They don’t. They’re sports conferences within a massive sports league. Treat it like it is… a sports league. Or, really, a set of sports leagues. Let schools join different conferences for different sports.Report

  5. Philip H
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    Georgia beat Alabama, proving once again that all roads to the National Championship run through the SEC.Report

  6. DensityDuck
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    I feel like you could do a lot for college sports by not having a “postseason” and just having each bowl game be a traditional-rivalry matchup.Report

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