Originally Posted by Augustabound
I have to agree. All other league playoffs are ho hum compared. Even the Final Four tournament isn't as exciting IMO.
The controversy of the BCS leads to the discussion and arguments that get people going.
That and most in the U.S. relate to their schools more. The school you graduated from is a part of you in the U.S. from what I see. A Buckeye, Seminole and of course The Irish.
Up here people barely mention their university or college when asked their background and it's usually nothing more than a line on your resume.
Unlike other systems EVERY game matters. I barely pay attention to wins and losses in the NFL until it gets close to playoff time and I hope the college regular season games never lose their significance to that level.
The drawback for years was that the best two teams might never play each other at all, so it's better now than it used to be. Going to four teams will help eliminate the chance that the third or fourth best team is left out, but it obviously won't eliminate all arguments.
With the expansion of conferences and the amount of games played it's becoming very hard to go undefeated so every year it's very likely for there to be several one loss teams that all look like they deserve a shot. Very hard to tell by watching teams from different conferences with no common opponents who is better, and the better team doesn't always win anyway.
Margin of victory is also a fairly bad indicator of how good teams are. Too many times a team is lighting up the scoreboard and looking unbeatable, as they roll through one opponent after another, only to look like an entirely different football team when they finally play somebody with a defense that was winning their games by a few points.
I don't envy the job of the committee to pick the best four teams. Even this year that would be a very tough call. Is Alabama better than Missouri (or even Auburn)? Probably, but I certainly wouldn't be able to put them ahead of a team that either beat them or had to play an extra game against a division champion.
It will be interesting to see what the committee does on those years where 3 or 4 teams from the same conference look like the best teams in the country. Wouldn't be good for football at all to put all of them in a playoff while leaving out major conference champions. The best that could happen would be if the conferences were all fairly equal but unfortunately that's not usually the case.