A College Football Playoff?

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Every year thousands of NCAA division one football players shed blood, tears, and sweat with the goal of reaching a championship bowl game. Unfortunately, roughly half of all of these football players never make it close to contention for one of the top four prestigious bowls that make up the Bowl Championship Series. This series was created to ensure a true national championship game and place all the major conference champions in major bowls. At the same time, all small conference schools are faced with the predicament of playing in lesser bowls in the end of the season regardless of the level of success they attain. The national television exposure and the millions of dollars that come with a major bowl are taken away due to the size of a school. Non-BCS conference schools are subjected to deficits in spending and cannot recruit the best players, leaving them on an uneven playing field. These small schools deserve an equal opportunity at playing in major money making bowls and the national exposure that comes along with it. There should be a post season playoff for NCAA division one football. With more than one hundred colleges participating in division one football every year, the NCAA was facing many problems regardi Continue...

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Every year, small conference schools contend for the two at large bids only to lose once or twice. Financial and equality issues would be addressed more widely than any other post season format through a playoff. Congress criticized the way the series rewards institutions in the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-10, and Southeastern Conferences and not colleges in the five other conferences in Division 1-A (Suggs "Members" 1). Billions of dollars are made through these playoffs that college football post season bowls cannot compare to. This created controversy within the formula about determining who should be ranked higher. Currently all bowl revenues go directly to the big conferences; in basketball, on the other hand, the money is filtered through the NCAA, which has a bureaucracy to feed, not to mention Division II and III mouths (Maisel, et al. Billions of dollars in new revenue would add financial earnings to every school in division one football. independent, has to be given automatic first consideration if it meets the wild card criteria (Barrett 55). With the formula being very specific, one would think that all controversy would be resolved. The BCS criteria consists of four major components: subjective polls of the writers. Small schools would have an equal opportunity at major bowls with a playoff. The bulk of bowl earnings goes mainly to major conference schools that are already reaping millions of dollars annually by other means.


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