ACC: Seth Greenberg

No playoff? No need

March, 14, 2011
3/14/11
2:06
PM ET
I'm in the minority, I know. And I don't care. Because I love college football -- exactly how it is.

While watching the selection show for the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Sunday evening, one thought came to mind: This will never work in college football.

Not with eight teams. Not with 80 teams.

Somebody always, always gets left out. Just ask Seth Greenberg.

A playoff will not "fix" college football. It will only detract from the excitement and importance of the regular season. You might not have been thrilled about the Virginia Tech-James Madison game last year, but it mattered -- boy, did it ever. And you paid attention to it. For months. That's what makes the college football season so special, and so challenging to those who entertain us every Saturday. One or two losses can break national championship hopes. Think about this year's Florida State-Oklahoma game. If the Seminoles win that one, they should absolutely be in the conversation to win the national title. They lose it, that talk should be shelved until 2012. If a playoff existed, the relevance of that game would instantly be diminished.

The NCAA men's basketball tournament expanded from 65 to 68 teams, and yet there are still coaches out there fuming because they were left out. Colorado. Alabama. Virginia Tech. You mean to tell me a similar situation wouldn't happen in college football? Everyone would be happy? Puh-lease.

The current BCS system obviously isn't perfect (sorry, TCU), but this year's national champion is undefeated. It doesn't get much more accurate than that. If there were an eight-team playoff for 2010, based on the top eight teams in the final BCS standings, Boise State and LSU would be on the outside looking in.

I know college football isn't the same as college hoops. I understand the argument for a playoff. I get that almost every other sport on the planet has a playoff system to determine its champion.

College football has Saturdays for that.

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