Fans cheer new college football playoff system

June 27, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |

Hagerstown resident Darryl Sword, 60, did not hide his satisfaction Wednesday with the news that a playoff system would be coming to college football in 2014.

“It’s long overdue,” he said. “A playoff will solve a lot of controversy.”

Sword was among area residents Wednesday who talked about the new four-team playoff system for college football that was formally approved Tuesday by the Bowl Championship Series presidential oversight committee.

Although the playoff will solve much of the controversy, Sword said more could be created in the process.

“The fifth-seeded team might complain now,” he said. “Just like the NCAA basketball tournament, somebody is always left out that maybe should have been in.”

Larry Roberts, 58, of Hagerstown also said that it was overdue, but he noted that he wants the playoff expanded even more.

“It’s a good start, but I think eight to 12 teams is a good number,” he said. “A lot of times there are so many undefeated teams throughout the year that haven’t been proven.”

The playoff is scheduled to start in 2014, according to reports. The two semifinal games will be rotated among six bowl sites, while the national championship game will be rotated among neutral sites.

Waynesboro, Pa., resident Cory Baker, 32, said he also supported the playoff, but had some concerns about it.

“A four-team playoff is definitely a positive, but I’m afraid we’re going to get stuck with this,” he said. “It’ll be just good enough for a while.”

Baker said he would support up to a 16-team playoff, but too many teams could “water down” the postseason. He also said that people might not like the new playoff format as much as they think.

“It’s a good idea, but I remember when the BCS was a good idea,” he said. “With the BCS, we got stuck with a system we didn’t like as much as we thought we would.”

The BCS began in 1998 as a way for college football to select the top two teams to play for the national championship every year. Before that, the Bowl Alliance system was in place for three years to determine the national champion, replacing the Bowl Coalition that was in place for three years prior to that.

Up until 1992, national polls declared the national champions at the end of the season.

Hagerstown resident Tony Bowers, 64, said that although he is happy with the new system, he eventually supports an eight-team playoff.

“It just makes more sense,” he said. “It’s about time they got a playoff, though.”

Bowers said that an eight-team playoff could reward conference champions and smaller schools.

“If you win your conference, you should be a part of the playoff,” he said. “There’s also a lot of small conference teams that are good and should be a part of it.”

Allen Capps, 23, of Hagerstown also said he supported an eight-team playoff, but that the four-team playoff is a good start.

“It’s a good step in the right direction,” he said. “This will help the regular season out more, and it makes those teams strive for that top seed a little harder.”

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