Playoffs? We’re Talking Playoffs? No Chance

Chris Petersen is right. The BCS absolutely needs to be blown up. We share his disgust and outrage. College football claims to have the most important regular season in all of sports. Every game counts or so goes the mantra. But that’s a lie. Always has been, always will be. Last year’s undefeated, unassailable 1 vs. 2 showdown between Oregon and Auburn was rare. The BCS is like Lindsay Lohan when it comes to drama. Usually there is vociferous debate regarding the top two and the title game. Every year, there is angst over the at-large selections filling out the rest of the BCS bowls. Lately, the automatic qualifier from the Big East has been an embarrassment. This year, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Boise State, Michigan State and TCU all have legitimate complaints with the corrupt system.

But unlike Petersen, I’m not sure we are any closer to a better postseason. The bottom line is money but not the way you think it is. It doesn’t boil down to coming up with enough money through a playoff system to offer payouts and TV deals equivalent of the current system. There is plenty of money to be made if the powers that be decided to create a playoff system. The television rights would be astronomical and sponsors would line up around the corner to be involved. The main issue lies in the fact that the power conferences control the current system and the money now and they are not likely to expand the pool and thereby dilute the payouts to their member institutions. It is a closed system for the most part. If a playoff was developed, it would open that system and take money out of their pockets. That’s going to be tough sledding.

So we can all dream of a playoff. But I would argue we might be closer to going back to the original system of conference-affliated bowls with no regard for rankings than we are to any kind of playoff. Send the SEC champs to the Sugar Bowl, the Big 10 and Pac-12 champs to the Rose Bowl and let the voters decide the champion when it is all over. At least the corruption of that system is honest and transparent. Unlike what we have now.

The final Bourbon Meyer rankings of 2011:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. USC
6. Arkansas
7. Oregon
8. Boise State
9. South Carolina
10. Wisconsin
11. Kansas State
12. Baylor
13. TCU
14. Clemson
15. Michigan State
16. Virginia Tech
17. Georgia
18. Michigan
19. Southern Miss
20. Nebraska
21. Houston
22. Oklahoma
23. Arkansas State
24. Cincinnati
25. West Virginia

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