Bye bye Bowl Championship Series, hello playoffs


Sam Isdale, Sports Columnist

Sam Isdale, Sports Columnist

A new year can mean new things, and for college football it’s out with the old and in with the new. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) will no longer exist and what will take its place is the College Football Playoff.

Many people were critical of BCS for years, and after 16 years with the controversial system, it’s come to an end. Next season, the College Football Playoff will feature a four-team playoff in which a committee will choose the top-four teams to compete in two semifinals. The semifinals will be played on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The winners will then play for the national championship a week later.

Not everyone is completely satisfied saying goodbye to the BCS and hello to the College Football Playoff; Florida State’s head coach Jimbo Fisher is one of them. Fisher and the Seminoles were the last BCS championship winners, who defeated Auburn 34-31.

Fisher believes that a playoff will take away from what used to be a huge accomplishment for teams.

“When I was a child, I remember who won the Sugar Bowl, who won the Orange Bowl, who won the Cotton Bowl, who won the Rose Bowl. It was a big deal to go. We act like that’s not a big deal now,’’ Fisher said.

“That’s one of the great things you have in college football. We’re so involved in winning a championship that we’re forgetting the tradition and history of doing things.”

Fisher is concerned about the physical toll on the players’ bodies if the season is extended due to the playoffs. Former football coach at Oregon, Mike Bellotti, says he won’t miss the BCS. When Bellotti was coaching at Oregon, his team was denied the chance at the championship and he called the BCS “a cancer.”

“I won’t miss it,” Bellotti said. “But I do think they tweaked it to get it right. It was a flawed system to begin with, and it’s not a perfect system now — but I think it’s probably hit the mark much more than people think. The majority of the time they got it right for the ability for us to see (No.) 1 vs. 2.”

When the BCS was created in 1998, the goal was in fact to see the No. 1 and No. 2 teams play each other. The BCS was produced in Birmingham, Ala., in the offices of the Southeastern Conference. While the Associate Press (AP) started ranking teams in 1936, the BCS matched the AP’s top-two teams 13 times in the 16 seasons.

Whether you’ll miss the BCS or anxiously await the new College Football Playoff, it’s time to say farewell.

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