Metroid wrote:But see a playoff system is to crown a National Champion, not find the "best team." I know who the best team is, it's about finding a National Champion, if that happens to be the team that was the best during the regular season then great. Sometimes the "best team" will slip up in the playoffs(which shouldn't happen if they're truely the best team IMO) and we'll get a lesser team as National Champ(see NYG last year in the NFL). I don't have a problem with that at all. Teams get hot at the right time...it happens in all sports, that's what was great about the Giants last year. I loved watching them knock of the "unbeatable" Pats in the Superbowl. Ands I have loved to see Utah push around Florida and become National Champs this year(not saying that would happen just making an example) I would enjoy this much more than what we have now and most college football fans would too. Like knapp said EVERY other sport does it this way, it's insane that college football does not. You still have to play very well during the regular season to get in the playoffs, we can still have the bowls the way they are, just add a handful of games after the bowl season is all I'm asking for. Sure some teams still will be left out, but it'd be better than what we have now and we'd be way closer to finding a "true" National Champion.
Thats the difference in philosophy that I have with seemingly everyone else. I dont want to go from a "mythical/wishy-washy" championship to a "mythical/wishy-washy-lite" championship. And that's what a playoff creates. I dont feel that NFL creates a more meaningful champion that college football does, and its because of the happen stance that the NFL playoffs are created from:
If the Cards won the SB, they would go down in history as the champion for that year. It just so happens that the NFL plays an unbalanced schedule. It just so happened that they were in the worst division in football. It just so happened that Philly took the Giants out of the playoffs which meant the Cards happned to then get the NFC championship at home.
I'm not so much anti-playoff as I am anti-happen stance when it comes to competitive balance. Give me a balanced schedule, and I'll give you a playoff that won't be swayed by happen stance, therefor a champion that lgocially cant be argued with.
I guess for me, I'm more okay with Florida, LSU, and Texas being the most deserverd champions based on the season, than I am thinking that Steelers '06, Giants '07, and gasp, Cards '08 were the most deserved champions based on their entire bodies of work.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think as history passes people generally look back and think that the Super Bowl winner (or whatever definded champion) was the best team that year. Traditionally, I might have bought into that, but as the last 10 years or so of parity as taught me, this is flawed reasoning. This is a huge reason why I feel that way I do about implementing a they type of cf playoff scenarios I've seen batted around.