The toughest problem of all

I echo Danny’s Merry Christmas to you all! 

Perhaps because it is Christmas Eve, I don’t feel like blogging on anything serious today.  Still, there is one problem President Obama promised during his campaign that he would fix that he has made no progress on at all. Indeed, I fear he has given up.  Maybe the Bookwormroom readers will have a solution to this toughest of all problems, though.  What can we do to get rid of the BCS and get a playoff in the top division of college football, for crying out loud?

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  • Mike Devx

    I’ve never understood those college presidents and heads of college football conferences who resist a Division I college football playoff.  There isn’t a single argument that doesn’t seem deeply flawed.  Every year I come up with a playoff scenario involving the “eight best teams”.  It’s always an exciting prospect when you look at it.
     
    I can agree that sixteen teams can weaken the importance of the regular season too much; I can agree that any formula for selecting the eight teams could leave a deserving team or two out.  But to me these are quibbles.
     
    I saw a quote recently concerning politics, to wit: “Succeeding with politicians is about getting them to do the right thing for the wrong reason.”  The quote applied to Democrats suddenly becoming “conservative” – or appearing to – due to the 2010 election results, and how many of them are suddenly abandoning the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda.  Not out of a sudden resurgence of conservatism in their hearts or their ideologies, but out of simple basic fear of being soon turned out of office.  The right thing for the wrong reason.
     
    The same would apply for forcing a multi-team playoff in college football.  The proper pressure applied to those college presidents and heads of conferences whose power is preventing the playoffs is the only way to go.  It would probably involve declining TV ratings for all the existing bowl games, along with some kind of irresistible money package for a playoff system.
     
    I think the current BCS system has five bowl games involved.  An eight team playoff would require seven such “bowl games” to become playoff venues – instead of just one, the current BCS championship game, which is rotated among the five BCS bowl games.  Having seven playoff games involving eight teams, and the remainder of the bowl games continuing to select among those teams not making the playoffs, seems as though it would be quite easy to me.
     
    There was an article a few years back where Delaney, the head of the Big Ten, freely admitted he was holding out against a playoff system solely to finagle the best monetary payoff in a playoff system for the Big Ten that he possibly could.  He refused to budge an inch and no other power player was willing to grant the Big Ten that kind of a superior position.