- Mar 2, 2015
- AFL Club
LOLyet 2016 Ohio State makes it despite not winning their division
2017 Alabama makes it despite not winning their division
2020 Notre Dame makes it despite losing their conference championship
And heck, this happened in the old BCS system too. 2011 Alabama made the natty despite not winning their division
selection is already cheapening it.
No, it isn't. You're just biased against the powerhouse colleges. You'd prefer to nitpick and make bogus claims those teams weren't deserving of a Top 4 place, rather than just admitting they are the best programs with the best resources, the best coaches, the best recruiting and the best players. One mid-season loss against another powerhouse college doesn't mean they're not top 4 worthy.
Notre Dame lost the ACC championship game and ordinarily, this would've been fatal, except there wasn't another legit top 4 contender.
Maybe Texas A&M... But if the Pac-12 or Big 12 had an undefeated champion (or even a 1 loss champion) they would've got in ahead of Notre Dame.
I agree the NCAAF is getting stale and monotonous with the same handful of teams competing in the playoffs every year. But this has nothing to do with the playoff format and everything to do with their recruiting and resources. That's a different discussion.And the amount of apathy in the game is growing as it becomes more and more monotonous. As much as an expanded playoff can give us an NDSU, or a Mount Union. It also gives everyone a chance.
^^ Watering down the playoffs is not going to fix that ^^
You did not address my main point: the current playoff format provides enormous interest throughout the college football season as teams negotiate their way through the minefield and attempt to remain undefeated in order to qualify for the Top 4. One loss and you are in big big trouble. Your fate is no longer in your own hands. You're relying on other teams to lose and for the playoff committee to look favourably upon your strength of schedule.
So in this sense, the playoffs actually begin in September and continue right through October, November and December.
INTENSE interest in every big game throughout the season.
But you would take all this away. You would prefer to make the season largely meaningless just so the 12th best team has a flukey chance of providing an upset in an expanded January tournament.
Meh... Who cares about cinderella teams? What are ya? A jaded sports reporter?Look at March Madness. The stories in the tourney are amazing.
Look at the 2017-18 Loyola-Ramblers team. 28-5 in the MVFC. Win their conference tourney, make it to the tourney, then rack off upset after upset and make the final 4.
Or in that very same year, seeing 16 seeded 24-10 UMBC take down the 31-2 Virginia team.
Or the 2005-06 George Mason team making the final 4
Or the 2010-12 Butler teams making the title game
I'd happily take 2-3 more blowouts if I get a cinderella team.
I'd back in the 2009-10 TCU teams in being able to win the natty
I'd back in the 2010-11 Boise State teams being able to win the natty
I'd back in the 2017 UCF team in being able to compete in the playoff
Why rob us of that for 1 or 2 games.
Most people just want to see the 2 best teams go head to head for the national title.
The NCAA basketball tournament is more of a lucky dip than a true indicator of the nation's best college team.
The NCAAF is much better at determining the true national champion every year.
The BCS National Championship game and the current CFP top 4 system has provided numerous thrilling contests between the very best teams
The only people complaining about it are the butt.hurt fans of teams who miss the top 4 (and weren't worthy anyway of being crowned national champions)
Nope.I'd personally just go the 10 conference champs... and if I had to, 2 at large
Every game still means something as you have to make the bloody championship to begin with, cant do that with losses.
1) it would be just as monotonous, if not more so, with Alabama and Ohio State qualifying EVERY SINGLE YEAR, either in 1st place (with 0 losses), or in 4th (with 1 loss), or in 10th place (with 2 losses.) You'd be removing all their incentive to be perfect through the year. They could just build their season slowly, take 1 or 2 early losses and then peak at the right time. (Which, of course, is EXACTLY what they'd do every year, if given an expanded playoff format.)
2) The reality is that it's far more likely that 2 teams from within one of the power 5 conferences are legitimately among the best 4 teams in the country than one of the winners of the "non power conferences". Far more likely that the deserving top 4 teams include Alabama/Georgia, or LSU/Florida, or Ohio State/Penn State, or Clemson/Miami, or Texas/Oklahoma than the likes of Cincinnati, UCF, BYU, Boise State, Houston
But I am sympathetic to your barracking interests... There does need to be an overhaul to the way colleges organise their own scheduling. More inter-conference games to give undefeated teams from the lesser conferences the chance to build a resumé to put them in playoff contention. Maybe the Top 3 teams from the AAC, Mountain West, Mid-American, Sun Belt and USA Conferences are given a mandatory game (or 2) against the Top 3 teams from each of the power conferences.
^^This would be a better way to give the likes of Boise State, UCF, BYU, Cincinnati or Houston the chance to compete for a National title, rather than throwing open the Top 4 playoffs for a watered-down tournament for 8, 10, or 16 teams.