If you needed any evidence that we’re not going to see a college football championship playoff anytime soon, today’s news that college commissioners think it’s a non-starter and that the NCAA approved two more bowl games for next year should suffice. You see where this is trending, right?
I’m on record as being in favor of a playoff (as you probably are, too), but it’s just not going to happen. You’ll never come up with a format that pleases everybody and you’ll never get college football to give up the
hopelessly archaic system tradition of the bowls.
The arguments against a playoff that get trotted out seemingly every year range from the realistic (fan travel) to the ridiculous (negatively impacting academics). In-between is the reality that too many people are already making a lot of money and won’t give up their self-interests.
$222 million went to schools that went to bowl games last year (about $3.5 million per). A playoff reduces the importance of the bowls and exacerbates the braying of idiots like Scott Cowan and Neil Abercrombie who already complain that they’re not getting their due.
There’s a theory that those who have a vested interest in college football actually want there to be controversy most years, to keep people talking. There’s probably something to that.
But even though fans want to see a playoff (most years, it seems) and there are those in the media who want to see a playoff (though it would keep the talking heads like Jim Nantz from making their oh-so-clever BCS/BS jokes),Â the people who’d have to make it happen don’t seem to want to make it happen. Time and again, coaches and commissioners and college presidents decry the idea.
34 winners instead of just one. $222 million to 68 schools instead of more money to fewer schools. Not hard to do the math on this.