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give a rat s ass about bowls such as the Motor City Bowl. Corporate sponsors are worried that this trend could continue and games start to take on less of importance. That is why a playoff system is needed, to save football. America wants to see Nebraska get beat in the first round by some underdog just making into the playoffs. America loves the underdog. It is the excitement of a Cinderella team pulling off the last second upset. A good example of a Cinderella team is Virginia Tech. They finished their season (11-0) and are currently number two in the BCS standings. However, number three Nebraska is threatening them because of the weakness of V. Tech s schedule this year. Even thought Nebraska has one lose they have a chance in making it into the Sugar Bowl to play Florida

State. More and more controversy builds, but it could all be solved with a playoff system. Another problem that develops from this system. What will occur if this computer system generates a tie? No one said that this computer is perfect. Then again, what if there are three or four unbeaten teams at the end of the season, and only two of them get a shot. What do we do then? Yet, another question is unanswered. The top two teams play in the national title game, and it is assumed that the winner will be declared the national champion, right? But as ESPN s Lee Corso would say, Not so fast, my friend ( Dufresne 2). The winner of the Sugar Bowl will be declared the national champion in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. This poll made that decision when the BCS was created last year.

However, the voters in The Associated Press media poll did not agree and are not obligated to vote for the Sugar Bowl winner (Dufresne 2). Therefore, if FSU wins the coaches could still vote Virginia Tech the champion. Once again, a possible split could occur! There are many big name coaches in favor of a playoff system. I have respect for both polls. It is just sad that we are still dealing with polls. You wish their was just one or the other , said Nebraska s coach Osborne (Super Alliance 3). I think there s going to be a playoff because the public thinks we need one, and we do. , Washington State s coach Mike Price said (Super Alliance 3). The point of the playoff is to find the best team in the land. Playoffs have given us the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl (last season),

the wild card Florida Marlins winning the world series (1997), and the eight seeded Villanova dropping No. 1 seed Georgetown in the final four (1985), just to name of few amazing playoff stories (Davis 1). Everyone is looking for an answer, so this is the system that will solve all our problems. First, let the minor bowls be. Their function should not change at all. For the smaller schools, this is what they look forward to at the end of the season. Next, we will limit the playoff to ten teams. This is more than enough to decide a champion. Guarantee playoff spots to certain big name conferences, and give at large bids to teams near the top of the polls. We will award the top two teams for a good season with a bye in the first round. Yes the polls are still apart of the game, and

will be forever. There will never be a good way to select teams for the playoff without the polls. Some controversy may still exist but not in determining a national champion. Let us use the same rotating system for the bowls to field the games, similar to the BCS. That is about the only thing they have right for that system. The first round of the playoffs should be played in the first or second week of December. This first round would not involve the bowls. The top conference champions would get home field advantage for the first round, meaning the at large teams would play on the road no matter what ranking. Teams will have not problem selling out stadiums to see a top ten match up. Therefore, that takes care of the attendance factor. The winners of the first round will

advance to play in the great eight , similar to what the NCAA college basketball tournament does, during the following week. This will put us in the middle of December. Winners of those games will play in bowls at their designed cites on New Year s day. Then finally the College Football Super bowl will be played a week or two later. Possibility in the off week of the NFL playoffs. To get a real sense let s put the teams into the brackets. First, Michigan State @ Michigan and the winner would play Florida State. In the same bracket, Florida would play Nebraska. On the other side, The winner of Alabama @ Kansas State would play Virginia Tech, and then Tennessee would play Wisconsin in the other game. Could you imagine the incredible game after incredible game? This fanasty match up