The 2014 college football season marks the first time ever that a four-team playoff will decide the national champion. It’s the first year that the NCAA has implemented a policy that has been needed since the Bowl Championship Series was created in 1998.
Every year since, the NCAA has prayed for two teams to stand out for the rest. The NCAA has prayed for no controversy — two teams that everyone agrees are the two best in the country and should play for the BCS national championship.
That doesn’t happen.
Every year, there’s a one-loss team or no-loss team that believes it should be the final team in the mix. Having a four-team playoff doesn’t change that — it only compounds the problem.
Think back to 2010, when three teams finished the season undefeated: Alabama, Oregon and TCU. All three ran the gauntlet and deserved to play for the national championship. Alabama and Oregon played for the championship. TCU was left out in the cold, only to play its bowl game and win. Alabama and TCU finished atop the polls, both undefeated, both deserving of the title of “national champion.” History will remember Alabama, not TCU. In the end, it was polls and opinions that decided TCU’s fate, not the Horned Frogs’ play on the field.
The NCAA’s prayers were not answered. Controversy ran rampant.
Now picture a world where there is no NCAA. No governing body with arbitrary rules and regulations. No controversy.
In this world, there are superconferences — four mega-conferences that all have 18-24 teams and decide their own champion. These four teams — the best of the best because of on-field and in-conference performance, not because of a vote or computer ranking system — would play for the college football crown.
These four conferences — you can probably already guess who would absorb who — decide their own champions on the field. The four conferences would create their own playoff system, one that benefits their schools and their student athletes instead of fencing them in with rules and regulations.
Superconferences are the way of the future. NCAA is a thing of the past.