By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
February 13, 2012
College football slowly is inching toward a playoff system to supplant the BCS, at least according to some NCAA power brokers. The latest to support the cause is the Big Ten. The conference has proposed implementing a playoff that would remove the top four teams from the BCS pool and have semifinals games played on the campus of the higher seed. Under the proposal, the championship game would be bid out like the Super Bowl. Echoing those sentiments, though not necessarily the specific plan, is UGA President Michael Adams, who expects to see a college football playoff within two years.
Changes can’t be made until the BCS’ TV contract with ESPN expires in 2014. Nevertheless, no matter how official tweak the BCS, I don’t believe there ever will be a system that makes everyone happy. There’s always going to be a team left out, whether it’s a two-team title game or a four-team playoff. Over the next two years, officials will study and overstudy various playoff formats. In the meantime, anyone claiming to know what the future of college football will look like is lying.