23 June 2013
BCS System Vs. Playoff System
College football season is a very highly anticipated part of the year. Die-hard fans root for their personal team to do well and have a productive season. Every college football team would love to play in the National Championship, and the highly prevalent fans could agree to that too. The only problem is how these teams will reach the position to be put in the national championship title game. Starting in the 2014-2015 season, the NCAA has unanimously agreed to implement a new playoff system into the college football series that will last for the following 12 years. College football fans have to sit tight for this ride. This new playoff system has caused some very hot debate over the college football community. I personally like the new system because it gives each individual team a better chance at playing in the title game or other major bowl games and greatly helps dealing with arguments over which two teams should be picked to play in the National Championship. There are numerous pros and cons to the new playoff system just like the BCS system, and the pros far out way the cons in my personal opinion.
First, let me give you a basic understanding about the BCS system. The BCS system, otherwise known as Bowl Championship Series, was established in 1998 to eliminate conflict over the topic of which team gets to play in the National Championship. There are eleven conferences that make up the BCS system, and these teams get automatic bids to the 5 BCS bowl games: the Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta bowl, and the National Championship. BCS rankings are determined by the USA Today’s Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll, and six computer calculations. Each poll shares a third of the overall score that goes into the ranking. That final number determines where the football team sits in the ranking. The top 2 teams in the final ranking play each other in the National Championship.