If you have been following my blog for any period of time, you know that I am anti-playoff (for college football). I have many reasons for this, but that is for another post. In fact, now that I think of it, I have mentioned that I am anti-playoff before but I don’t believe I have ever made a comprehensive post that details my reasoning behind it. I should do that soon.
With the 2012 season officially over, we are one step closer to the first college football playoff. While the playoff discussion/debate has changed a little (it is now more about “what is the best playoff format,” instead of “whether or not we should have a playoff at all”), I still think the debate over whether or not to have a playoff is one worth having. After all, we don’t have it yet and anything can change.
Anyway, whenever I find an article containing an interesting perspective or thought process to the “playoff debate,” I try to share it here. So, when I found this article on OffTackleEmpire.com, I couldn’t wait to share it.
The article is an interview between Ted Glover (OffTackleEmpire.com) and Dave Revsine (The Big Ten Network). I am only posting a few edited highlights from the interview (below) so please click HERE if you want to read the article in full. Oh, one more thing, the article was posted in January of 2012, however, the ideas discussed by Revsine are still relevant (a year later).
Commissioner Delany has said he supports a modification to the BCS system as long as the B1G is still tied to the Rose Bowl. It sounds like some sort of ‘Plus 1′ playoff will be implemented soon, but there’s no new format in place yet. If you were King For a Day, what would the Dave Revsine ideal scenario be to determine a college football champion?
Well, I might be a dinosaur in that I don’t dislike the system we have nearly as much as most other people seem to. I do see limitations in it, though. . . . My belief is that what the college football system tries to do, and it’s something that most people don’t grasp, is that it’s not necessarily trying to find the best team at the end of the season, but it’s trying to take the breadth of the season in college football and figure out who was the best team over the course of the entire season.
And you know, there’s no better example for me this year than in the Big Ten. Someone was saying to me ‘why wouldn’t you want an 8 team playoff? Why wouldn’t you want Wisconsin as the eighth seed against whoever’, and I kind of cut them off. I said stop right there–I’ve watched every minute of every game Wisconsin has played, and they’re not the best team in the country, and I don’t need a playoff to tell me that. Now, I would love to see the B1G win the National Championship, of course I would, but Wisconsin wasn’t the best team in the country this year. And that, to me, is what you’re trying to achieve.
. . . Were they [MLB's St. Louis Cardinals] the best team in 2006, when they won 83 games in the regular season? Absolutely they weren’t but they were the best team at the end of the year, and that’s what baseball tries to achieve-who was the best team at the end of the year. And that’s fine, that’s great. But to me, college football has tried to do it a little bit differently, and that’s what people can’t wrap their arms around, because they’re the only sport that does it that way.
I’m not saying that this system is perfect-far from it, I’d be fine with a Plus One if that’s what people want to do. But if we had an 8 team playoff, I think you’re changing what your definition of your football national champion is. Now you’re making your national champion whoever the best team was at the end of the year, and if that’s what everyone wants, that’s fine, but I have always been of the belief that what made college football great was that you’re taking the breadth of the season into account.
Like I said, if you want to read the entire article, please visit OffTackleEmpire.com by clicking HERE.
I have been thinking it for some time but Revsine said it here/above perfectly. Instituting a playoff will change the very definition of what a college football national champion is. It will change from a champion that is crowned based on an entire season to a champion that is crowned based on the strongest finish.
While I think there is an argument that college football could use a better (or different) system to determine which team is the best over the course of the season; the fact remains that the current champion of college football is determined based on an entire season of work.