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I think a 4 team with the top 4 conference winners get in is the best we can hope for. If you go to 8 I'd take the top 6 conference winners and two at large. The great part about having only conference winners is the increased importance of the title games and regular season.
Nitpicking issue, but if you had a 16 team playoff with the remaining teams going to bowl games, that means that the teams that lose in the first round only get one or two extra weeks of practice, while nearly everyone else gets a month or more. Small issue I agree, but so many of the coaches and others involved with programs seem to stress over and over again how helpful that extra month of practice is for their teams.
On a more strategic view, those promoting a playoff need to confess that they are not interested in fairness, but rather they simply like the enjoyment (and betting opportunities) of watching a playoff. Playoffs DO NOT determine who is the best team, they determine the winner of the playoff, nothing else. I can make the argument in the case of the New Jersey Football Giants in both of their recent Super Bowl wins that they were far from the best team in the league. This year they were 9-7, I can't remember their record last time. A few years ago Fresno State won the college world series, and everyone seemed to agree they were far from the best team. Whenever you introduce more teams into a playoff scenario, you are introducing the chance that the best teams will be less likely to win it all. Sure they will win most years, but some year there will be a bad call, a lucky break, an\ injury that will let that Sun Belt knock off the #1 team and the MAC knock off the #2 team, then what do you have? Excitement? Sure. Fairness? I'll leave that to you.
Many of you are probably to young to remember (I barely can) but Major League Baseball had no playoff until the late 1960s. It was simply the two regular season league champions playing each other in the World Series. You can make the case to me that having a league championship might have helped, but the current format with the wildcard series is boring and useless beyond belief, likewise with the first round of the NFL playoffs. I won't even discuss the almost complete uselessness of the NBA and hockey playoffs that have nearly destroyed any excitement during the regular season. At least in baseball, hockey and basketball you have a multiple game series so one bad game does not cancel out a whole season. The one and done nature of football and NCAA basketball playoffs adds to the excitement, but also subtracts from the "fairness" that playoff opponents often cite.
I have no problem with current structure of the BCS. I enjoy the major bowl games, Rose Bowl especially, even if they have no impact on the national championship picture. In most years we have had a pretty clear cut top 2 to play in the natioinal championship game. I could stomach going to four games, but in my mind you would be hard pressed to show me a recent year where there was a 5th team in real consideration for a national title. In fact, rather than a playoff, I would be more in favor of expanding the regular season by 2 games for everyone so we have 14 or 15 games to judge teams by instead of 12 or 13. That would better help determine who were the best 2 or 4 teams to play and would give everyone one more home game.
Frankly, I would rather go back to the pre-BCS than expand beyond a 4 team playoff. By way of full disclosure I admit that it's more important to me to beat Michigan and win the Rose Bowl than win a national championship. I know I will be in the minority, but that's fine with me. In my experience on most issues, the majority is usually wrong. If you disagree, just watch the Grammys Sunday night. That is if you can stand vomiting a few times.
At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.
Oh yeah, I forgot to ask. I wonder if the team Diggs chooses will qualify for an expanded BCS format?
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