I hesitate to write this. The news of the first ever playoff for college football is still a little hard to digest.
Think about it. They have been playing college football since Rutgers and Princeton squared off in 1869, and we have never seen a four team playoff at the major university level. This is pretty historic stuff.
So, I am trying to write some of my initial thoughts off of the top of my head without having a chance to think about it for very long. But here are some of the things that I initially think. At least, I think I do.
1. The conference commissioners and Presidents are listening to the fans and the court of public opinion. That has not always been the case, but lately the outcry for a playoff has been too great.
2. Two of the big winners here are SEC commissioners Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford. Four years ago, they presented basically this exact same proposal and they were abruptly shot down. They were merely ahead of their time. Add Notre Dame A.D. Jack Swarbrick to the list. The Fighting Irish still have a seat at the football relevant table.
3. Slive’s league is a big winner. By assuring that, not just conference champions are taken into the playoff, the SEC has to think they have a chance to get two teams into the playoff on certain years. The SEC has dominated the BCS system. I am sure they are planning to do the same with the new system.
4. Swofford also has to feel the partnership that is involved in the new playoff system will stablize things in the ACC………at least for now.
5. The bowl system basically is preserved which was a goal of the committee. The bowls could be better than ever actually. Instead of four BCS games and a national title game, there are now five. This could be good for long time bowls such as the Cotton Bowl and the Gator Bowl.
6. With the new playoff system, it is becoming more and more clear that the new All-American bowl between the SEC and the Big 12 will not be a true "champions" bowl. More often than not, it will be a second place Big 12 team against a second or third place SEC team.
7. It is highly unlikely that a mid-major team, such as a Boise State, will sneak into a national title game or a four team playoff. But, one thing that mid-major coaches are glad about is that they will no longer have to recruit with the label of BCS and non BCS.
8. Quite frankly, it will be hard to wait for the new system. The BCS already feels like an out-dated lame duck. We have to put up with it for two years.
9. Ultimately, a four team playoff may not prove to be enough. So why do we have to wait 12 years to fix it if we grow tired of it.
10. A selection committee will be used to determine the four teams in the playoff. The make-up of the committee is expected to be similar to the NCAA men’s basketball committee with conference commissioners and Athletic Directors. This would seem to make the process more subjective than objective. I am not sure that it isn’t better to use some of the former coaches who have comprised the Legends Poll rather than modeling the men’s basketball committee.