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Why Are College Football Authorities Against Playoffs?

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Many avid collegiate football fans like me wish to address the issue of the absence of post-season in collegiate football. Speculations point to the implementation of playoffs, but still not materializing. Why are college football authorities against playoffs. Here are some possible answers to that lingering question:

1. Playoff or post-season games are very common in every sporting events USA and it is designed to determine who the clear-cut winner(s) is. In the BCS Bowl Series, there are debates on who deserve to play and it is crazy.

2. There are times that the polls are not in agreement over who should be in the title/bowl game. At present, three polls are used to decide the championship match-up – the AP poll, the BCS poll and the Coaches poll. It is in their history to have disagreement in the rankings and their choices for the title games. There is definitely a bias with them.

3. The regular season in collegiate football allows teams to play 11 or 12 games and it means some teams get to play easier opponents and some faces tougher challenges. That amount of games played is not enough to know if they are contenders.

4. There are limited numbers of participants in title games. It is very possible that some collegiate teams will get the snub from the title games and such is the case for Boise State Broncos team – they went undefeated in the regular season and still, not considered for the championship. Some fans will ask if they are as good as Ohio State Buckeyes or Florida Gators, it will be hard to tell and I think, the only way to know the answer if they engage in a playoff game(s). After all, post-season is all about the tough teams that remained ahead of its pack and clash to determine who the best is for the year.

5. I do believe about giving every team fair share and chance in being a champion. They work hard during the off season and only to be ignored by the Poll.

Summarizing things up, it would be difficult to determine the best team for the year without any playoff. We can know from the polls the teams that are good on paper, based on the computer logic, but we can never know the outright best in the entire country.

Of course, if there are good reasons behind the use of playoffs in collegiate football, there are valid reasons why they opt not to utilize it. First, it is true that the NCAA did not want the season to go beyond January 1st; however, most of the Bowl games happened during the first week of January. Second, college football authorities are worried that the season will take too long if there are playoffs in which the players will have to grind it out for longer time. If you will consider the makeup of the bowl games, there are only few teams competing for it – only 4 teams! Add the bowl games is only one game – talk about grinding out in longer time. You have to believe me in saying that most of the college football players, especially the ones who play for the best teams in the nation, are well seasoned to handle an extra game or two.

Of course, these bowl games are not only for fun and competitiveness, but also for profit. Think about it, the addition of more football games will yield more money for the NCAA and other members.

In other words, I do not see any downside in having playoff games to determine the best teams in the nation. Conversely, the modification (such as the number of games and the duration of the season) would hardly be noticeable. Nonetheless, I think that collegiate football will implement playoff/post-season games in the future.

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