College Football Playoff overtakes BCS

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

In its first year under a new playoff system for college football, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been subject to public criticism. Though it was made to create less controversy, which the old Bowl Champion Series (BCS) playoff system seemed to stir up every year, the playoff system has gotten off to a rocky start.

This new system, called the College Football Playoff (CFP), features four teams, in which each are seeded. Seeding is determined based off of conference championship wins, win-loss records, strength of schedule and head-to-head matchups.

The group put under the most pressure was the selection committee. This is a group of thirteen members who determine the seeding of all Division I collegiate teams.  In the new system, these members select the four teams that will compete in the CFP.

Some NCAA officials believe that this new system should produce “at least double the annual revenue” for all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences. The reason for this is because more elite teams are playing for the top prize, which creates more games and a larger amount of viewers.

In this years’ playoff, the selection committee seeded, in order, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State University (FSU) and Ohio State University (OSU).

The controversy is in the absence of two Big 12 teams, Texas Christian University (TCU) and Baylor. Before the last game of the season, TCU was seeded at number three. In that game, they beat a sub-par opponent 55-3, and later fell to the number six seed.

This drop proved that ranked teams cannot maintain their position simply by winning. Some NCAA officials say the reason both Baylor and TCU were absent from the playoff was because they were in the Big 12, where no postseason championship game was staged.

Some controversy comes from the fact that neither team could control their schedules, but both were still affected in the end.

Baylor coach Art Briles believes that what may have hindered the Big 12 is that its bylaws declared TCU and Baylor as co-champions, although Baylor beat TCU earlier in the season.

This controversy was soon dissolved after the two games on New Year’s Day. First, Oregon beat down FSU 59-20, while OSU hung on to beat the first seeded Alabama 42-35. This may have disproved criticism regarding the selection committee’s seeding.

Before the New Year’s games, critics were saying that OSU did not deserve to be in the top four because of the fact that they had their third string quarterback starting.  Shockingly, he threw for 243 yards off of 18 passes, while also tossing one touchdown against a highly regarded Alabama defense.

Maybe Baylor and TCU deserved to be in the top four. But after OSU beat Alabama, it is harder to make a case for the two schools.

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