I’ve never been a real fan of college football. That’s mainly due to the fact that Chicago doesn’t have a any schools located close enough to truly call their own.
Northwestern? – located in Evanston, and generally never good enough.
Illinois? – too far away from the city, and again – generally never good enough.
Notre Dame? – yeah right. Located in Indiana and mired in mediocrity over the last decade or so.
But the biggest reason for me not caring much about college football has everything to do with the BCS Bowl System. I don’t even care enough for it to do the research to give it a proper definition. The whole system is a useless, billion dollar cash grab for the corporations sponsoring the bowls and the schools that play in them. With so much money being made, it disgusts me to hear when the NCAA suspends college athletes for receiving what they call “improper benefits” from outside sources who are actually willing to pay these young men for the work they put in to build the brand names of the universities they represent. The whole thing just reeks of hypocrisy.
And on top of all that – a computer system determines who the national champion is – a friggin computer! How absurd is that!?
With that being said, a new playoff system just may be the antidote for my antipathy. BCS commissioners met in Chicago this week and agreed to a revamped postseason format beginning in 2014, bringing an end to Skynet’s (Terminator reference!) reign over college football.
The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
Once the presidents sign off — and that seems likely — college football’s champion will be decided by a playoff starting in 2014.
Join me in applauding these men for doing what should have been done about 75 years ago. <slow clap>