College Football Playoffs –vs.- March Madness

As we prepare to embark on a new-era in college football I can’t help but have the same bitter taste that I’ve had since becoming a fan of this sport over 30 years ago.

The new playoff system in some cases will be a better way of crowning the National Champion, but does it really level the playing field for all 10 Conferences that are a part of the FBS?  On the other hand will this new playoff system generate the same excitement that we get from March Madness?  Here is my take on this debate.

First off here is what really bothers me about the college football playoff system and this is directly from the website.

The Best Four Teams

The selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on strength of schedule, head-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships won and other factors.

If this is the case, that automatically disqualifies schools from the American, CUSA, Sunbelt, Mountain West, & Mac conferences.  To qualify these schools would literally have to stack their non-conference schedules against teams from the power conferences, win those games and go undefeated in their conferences to even have a chance.  I don’t see how a team like Central Florida will be able to schedule teams outside of the power conferences (assuming that these schools would even accept) and still have a chance at the playoffs even if they go undefeated throughout the regular season.

I understand that the gap in talent for college football is wider when you compare the larger schools to the smaller schools than in college basketball, but at least some of the smaller schools have a chance to compete for the ultimate prize during March Madness.

The Butler’s, VCU’s, and George Mason’s of the world have proven that there is good talent and great coaching in more than just the power conferences in college basketball during March Madness. Will the same ever be said in college football? I don’t think so at least not for the foreseeable future.

In the end March Madness still reign supreme over this poor excuse that was created for a college football playoff system.  I truly hope that I am proven wrong, but with this new system, the biasness still remains on the side of the ACC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac 12, and the mighty SEC.

Let me here your thoughts Sportzfam on whether or not you truly believe that this new playoff system will benefit all 10 conferences or just the five powerhouses?  Realistically will this playoff system ever generate the same level of excitement as March Madness?  Share your thoughts in the comment section of the Sportzfam Facebook Group.


One thought on “College Football Playoffs –vs.- March Madness

  1. I don’t like the new playoff format because it’s really a backdoor to the pre-BCS system where only the major conferences have a chance to win a championship.There is no reason why there can’t be a playoff field of 12-24 teams with no 1 and 2 seeds in each bracket getting a first round bye. Both D-II and D-III schools do this, so spare us the logistics crap. The Bowl systems in outdated anyway. Or they could be reinvented by letting them ‘host’ each game.


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