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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:58 PM

Irish-Tide why we need a playoff [View all]

College football is the By Mark Schlabach ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Write your U.S. congressman.

Call your conference commissioner, university president and athletic director. Heck, email Dr. Lou, Mark May, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler and David Pollack. I'd even give you their email addresses if it wouldn't get me fired.

College football's forthcoming four-team playoff, which goes into effect during the 2014 season, can't get here soon enough.

Can't we please have a playoff this coming season? Do we really have to wait another year?

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series robbed college football fans of a fitting end to a season on Monday night. No. 2 Alabama blasted No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium, and the score wasn't even that close. If the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish played every day between now and St. Patrick's Day, the Fighting Irish would never win.

You thought last year's BCS title game was boring? At least No. 1 LSU put up a fight in the first couple of quarters before falling to No. 2 Alabama 21-0 in New Orleans, in what was a rematch of a regular-season slugfest between the SEC West rivals.

This game was over after Alabama took the opening kickoff and marched 82 yards in five plays for a touchdown. It was like Mike Tyson knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds, with the Crimson Tide delivering their knockout punch on tailback Eddie Lacy's 20-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game.


Yes, we need a playoff system. I've come up with my own scheme.

First thing is that we need to have a total of 16 Div 1 conferences, instead of the current 11 plus the indies. The new conferences can come from the subdivisions.

The nation would be split into four geographic NCAA regions, North, South, East and West with a total of four conferences within each of these regions.

The winners of each conference championship games would play in regional semi final bowls to get into the Elite Eight held in neutral locations.

The regional championship games to win the right to play in the football Final Four games. These games can all be played in the major bowls. Currently, the BCS bowls are the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta as well as the BCS Championship game. I say we add one more bowl game, a national championship semi-final bowl game… Maybe the Gator, or the Capitol One.

The final game would be the National Championship game.

Voila, you have a playoff system. We can still have all the other bowls for teams that didn't win their conference championships but still had good records. Nothing is changed there. We'd still have all the bowls that we have today.

The only difference is that those bowls are now part of a playoff system. A team would need to win five games, from the conference and regional championship game to the national championship game to be declared a winner.

The best teams win, the losers go home.

What do you think?

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