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Last night's BCS Championship brought an end to the drama, the chaos, the complaints, the matchups, and the era that was the BCS.

Now we head into uncharted territory for college football, where teams will actually play it off on the field -- a novel idea for college football leadership types. There are concerns over the selection committee, the criteria for which teams will be picked, and over what happens when someone inevitably gets left out that most feel deserved to be in -- but there is also a lot of optimism about the inclusion of two more teams in the National Championship decision making process on the field.

Does the chaos die? Do the debates go away? Is the regular season forever ruined?

Sound off in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums as to what you expect in the new era of college football.

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# 1 huntt26 @ 01/07/14 01:45 PM
There will definitely still be controversy over what teams are selected. We even see that in college hoops when certain bubble teams get left out of a much larger tournament field.

I (and many others) would like to see it expanded to at least 8 teams at some point. More on-field drama with additional games, and there is also potential for a "Cinderella" story with 8 teams. With 4, we'll still just see the standard powers in the playoffs most years.

This year's BCS games were fantastic, but it's good to see it go.
 
# 2 cotty45 @ 01/07/14 01:46 PM
6 teams is perfect, that way you still work to towards top 2
 
# 3 FaM0us Skins @ 01/07/14 02:00 PM
Yes, but there will still be controversy. I can't wait to see how the playoffs will work next year.
 
# 4 AlterEgoDuane @ 01/07/14 02:05 PM
There will always be controversy. There is controversy in the NFL. Look at March Madness. There is no perfect system.

The regular season has not been diluted yet. Anything more than 4 teams and you begin to dilute the regular season. The CFB regular season is one of the few left where every single game matters and you HAVE TO win. Losing is not acceptable. And that's what I love about the system.

My biggest problem with the NFL is how a 9-7 team win the super bowl. That's garbage. They aren't the best team. They just happened to play better than 3 other teams. Like the Giants two years ago... they were 7-7 with two games to go and got hot and won the super bowl. The best team in the league doesn't lose 7 games.

If college football goes any more than 4 teams, the regular season will be severely diluted. You don't need a playoff to determine the best team because a playoff doesn't determine that. The best team never wins... well almost never. The only way to have a perfect system is to have everyone play everyone and that's it. But, that can't possibly happen in football. So, you play your division/conference, whatever, and then you have a one-off title game. That's the best way to go about it. There will always be controversy. But, if you go undefeated in a BCS conference, you are automatically in the title game. And that's how it should be. You can't help that the rest of your conference schedule is garbage.
 
# 5 DirtyJerz32 @ 01/07/14 02:26 PM
Still going to be those 5 - 7 teams that are going to wonder why they aren't included. Need to just do the top 8 and leave it.
 
# 6 tril @ 01/07/14 02:50 PM
it has to be top 6 with the top 2 teams getting that first round by. anything more than 8 then the college season potentially gets a bit too long.
or you can have 7 teams with the top team getting a one week by.
 
# 7 mjavon @ 01/07/14 02:55 PM
I think there will be more controversy than there was for the BCS. Instead of people arguing about who is the best one-loss team (in the case of this year and several other years for the #2 team) people will be arguing who should be #3 or #4... who will likely be one loss teams as well. (There were seven one loss teams going into bowl season this year)

**ADDITION:
I think they should have kept the 4 BCS Bowls and made a playoff out of them. Then conference championship games (of AQ conferences) would essentially be a playoff game as well.
 
# 8 jmik58 @ 01/07/14 03:05 PM
I think/hope it progresses to 8 teams eventually, but that could take another 10-15 years at the pace these things change. The BCS proved that the regular season didn't count any more/less than in a playoff system when Alabama got back in vs. LSU without winning their own division -- so that argument is out the door. I'm very excited for this to unfold and I hope that it leads to power conference teams finally scheduling tougher non-conference opponents so that the SEC can't just rely on its in-conference strength of schedule.
 
# 9 malky @ 01/07/14 04:05 PM
IMHO 4 teams is perfect, College football rarely has any parity after it's top 3 or 4, as long as you get the top 2 teams right and the other two are teams that should at least have a crack at the championship that year, than 4 should be the norm every year.... the issue is this darn selection committee, they should just go by the AP poll or something like that, not a bunch of people in a dark smoking room.
 
# 10 soonermagic88 @ 01/07/14 04:12 PM
There will always be controversy, however i think there is a way they could do away with a great deal of controversy.
1. Get rid of independents. PERIOD
2. Make every conference play a championship game, then place the 10 conference winners into a playoff pool, with the top 6 seeds (going by poll ranking) getting a bye and 7-10 playing in play in games.
3. Work the bowls into it. Give the higher seeded teams homefield for the play in round and first round. Then when its down to 4 teams use the current playoff format from there on.
 
# 11 turty11 @ 01/07/14 04:37 PM
only sec fans want the BCS
 
# 12 stlstudios189 @ 01/07/14 07:08 PM
I think they should go to 12 teams but, use the bowls as playoffs, round one the chick-fil-a bowl etc... round two the BCS bowls round 3 the National championship
 
# 13 CT Pittbull @ 01/07/14 09:52 PM
8 teams would be better but 4 is a start. its a shame we finally have a playoff and NO way to play it out on these shiny new consoles...
 
# 14 ven0m43 @ 01/07/14 11:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CT Pittbull
8 teams would be better but 4 is a start. its a shame we finally have a playoff and NO way to play it out on these shiny new consoles...
It's college football, with student athletes. This is football where you can't play back-to-back games, like other sports.

Four teams is perfect. It removes the controversy of the BCS rankings of who is in the top 2, which is usually between 3-4 teams. Plus the playoffs only add one addition game for those teams.

I just wish they kept the current bowls and traditions, but just had the 4 teams play where two winning teams would play in the BCS champ game, and the other two losing team would go to the rose bowl, cotton bowl, etc; where ever the #3 and #4 team would have ended up.
 
# 15 Cardot @ 01/08/14 12:33 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlterEgoDuane
Anything more than 4 teams and you begin to dilute the regular season. The CFB regular season is one of the few left where every single game matters and you HAVE TO win.
Auburn didn't HAVE to beat LSU this year.

And I don't see how the season is diluted? Going into bowl season, the 4th seed in the BCS was Michigan St....1 loss. expand to 6 teams and you have 1 loss Baylor. Even a 12 team field (which I am not advocating) lands you on 2 loss Clemson.
 
# 16 sarlndr @ 01/09/14 10:01 AM
If the FCS can do 16 then the "big boys" can definitely do more than 4. The 4 team playoff is just a place holder and won't last more than a decade, if that. It's like playing the Saturday wildcard games and then the SB the next week and that's lame.
 
# 17 lynkraid @ 01/09/14 03:13 PM
Needs to still be like NFL playoffs or at least have 8+ teams. I think division 2 has a 24 team playoff, even high school has I think 16 teams per class. Its weird to think the middle class in football between high school and the pros will only have 4 playoff teams.
 
# 18 Goblue8899 @ 01/15/14 09:50 PM
The most obvious way to have a playoff( I like all of the bowl games too) is to have a 24-team playoff with the winner of every conference qualifying, and 14 at large seeds. I have an example of what it would look like if this were implemented this year. Keep in mind this is my opinion with the games, just focus on the format.
(Seeding isn't shown but I used a standard 24-team playoff bracket)


Seeding:
1.FSU
2.Auburn
3.Alabama
4.MSU
5.Stanford
6.Baylor
7.Ohio state
8.south Carolina
9. Mizzou
10. Oregon
11. Oklahoma
12. Clemson
13.oklahoma state
14.Lsu
15.ucf
16.arizona state
17.UCLA
18.louisville
19.wisconcin
20.texas a&m
21.fresno state
22.rice
23.ul-Lafayette
24.bowling green

First round byes:
1.FSU
2.Auburn
3.Alabama
4.MSU
5.Stanford
6.Baylor
7.Ohio state
8.south Carolina
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First round games:

Arizona state vs UCLA
Bowling green vs Mizzou

Wisconsin vs Texas A&M
Clemson vs Fresno state

UCF vs Louisville
Oregon vs UL-Lafayette

Wisconsin vs LSU
Oklahoma vs rice

A few good games in Arizona state vs UCLA, Clemson vs fresno could be a good one. And Louisville beats UCF in a not so big rematch

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Second round games:

Florida state vs Arizona state
South Carolina vs Mizzou

Michigan state vs Texas A&M
Stanford vs Clemson

Auburn vs Louisville
Ohio state vs oregon

Alabama vs LSU
Baylor vs Oklahoma

Now this gets interesting. The first group has a rematch between two SEC east powers and Winston against a defense he could tear up.
Michigan state vs Texas A&M would be a good match up because of the Michigan state defense, but Connor cook is overrated and the MSU offense loses the game for the Spartans.
And of course oregon vs Ohio state would be a great matchup.
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Third round games:
Florida state vs South Carolina

Texas A&M vs Stanford

Auburn vs Ohio state

Alabama vs Baylor

South Carolina loss some key SEC games but I think they bounce back in a playoff and advance, but FSU will be a challenge.
Texas A&M vs Stanford would be two totally different offenses so that would be interesting.
I really wanted auburn vs oregon again in the playoff but I think Ohio state edges them out.
I wish that Baylor was good enough to beat Alabama. And they are, their offense is simply the best in the country.
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Final four:
Florida state vs Texas a&m

Ohio state vs Alabama

Of course people start arguing intensely after this round but I like Ohio state over auburn and Johnny Manziel over Stanford.
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So in the first ever final four we had a match up with two hiesman trophy winners, and a game that every NCAA 14 video game had as a championship. For me all but Texas a&m seem realistic here, but the Aggies got a few easier games then there counterparts. Maybe a 20th seed wasn't so bad. So for the first CFP championship we have:
Florida state (17-0) vs Alabama (16-1)
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So Alabama gets redemption and Florida state gets a shot at history, but in the end I don't think the playoff effects the outcome who wins the crystal ball, or whatever it is now, I say that Florida state comes out on top and becomes the first team to go (18-0) and win a CFP championship.

FLORIDA STATE (18-0)
 
# 19 Goblue8899 @ 01/15/14 10:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ven0m43
It's college football, with student athletes. This is football where you can't play back-to-back games, like other sports.

Four teams is perfect. It removes the controversy of the BCS rankings of who is in the top 2, which is usually between 3-4 teams. Plus the playoffs only add one addition game for those teams.

I just wish they kept the current bowls and traditions, but just had the 4 teams play where two winning teams would play in the BCS champ game, and the other two losing team would go to the rose bowl, cotton bowl, etc; where ever the #3 and #4 team would have ended up.
Us there's no controversy but nobody realizes that there is a horrible selection committee.
Also the controversy will just move to the 4 and 5 rankings and you can add the seeding debate of 3 and 4, so there will be more debate then there already is
 

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