Originally Posted by SloverUT
It isn't a fact GD, it is your opinion. The regular season won't be less important cause there will still be games where if you don't win you won't be in the race. As I stated above, the playoff will only cause there to be more games where this is the fact. As I mentioned above in last weeks game there was only three really important games despite tons being played. The only games that mattered were OSU vs Michigan, FSU vs (forgot who they played), and Auburn vs Alabama. If a 16 game playoff was installed, as an example, there would have been several games where if a team didn't win they wouldn't make the playoffs and thus making the games more important. I'll take 7 or 8 important games instead of three. I would also think it would give those teams who lose a fluker early in the season incentive to keep plugging away as there entire season wasn't shot with one loss.
Not to mention the fact that a playoff system makes seasons like Northern Illinois more important considering they are undefeated and have no chance at playing in the N.C. game.
A good example would be the Oregon/Oregon State game. Other than it being an in state rivalry it wasn't a very important game. But if there was a 16 team playoff it would have been very important to Oregon as it would have allowed them to still have a chance at the pie. Thus my theory that the regular season would be relevant and more important for the entire season for many more teams than it is currently.
What I mean when I say it's a fact is simply this (and I'm still using last weeks game as my example):
Alabama is out of the NT hunt because of that loss (barring a miracle this weekend), but in an 8-team playoff scenario like we're discussing they would still be right in the middle of the title hunt. That isn't opinion, that is fact. Therefore, that loss would mean a heck of a lot less to them in a playoff system than it currently does. A golfing comparison would be something like saying that a missed 3' birdie putt on the last hole of the last day of the qualifying stage of Q-school that drops a guy from 10th place to 11th place, but still well undel the cut line is equally as important as the same missed putt were he ON the cut line.
Now, let's switch away from the fact portion of the debate and into the opinion portion. ;) I disagree with your statement above in bold. I would channel my inner Lee Corso here and say "Not so fast, my friend." You're basing this on the assumption that a team like Northern Illinois definitely wants to play for a national title. As a Fresno State fan (who was in place for a BCS bowl until last Friday), I would argue that the opposite may be true. I know that my team isn't nearly as good as the other FSU, or Ohio State or Alabama, and they would be huge underdogs in any one game against any of those guys. Moreso, their chances of winning 3 games against that competition is less than zero. I think I would actually prefer that they have a chance to plan for one big game against Oklahoma State or Baylor or Michigan State and have at least a 5-10% chance at ending their season with a win. I say "may" because I don't really know. Maybe next time we put ourselves in position and its for a playoff spot, I will be more excited. But I don't know. I'm just saying that your bold statement is certainly not a given.
Also, consider the money. BCS games bring huge payouts for the schools and conferences involved. I don't know if a playoff system would provide the same amount, or more, or less, but it has to be a huge consideration, especially when you're talking about the small schools.