Burnfin: Ushering in a new area of messiness

12/11/2013

Of course it ends like this.

Of course it ends like this.

The BCS era has been rife with chaos and controversy since its inception — not to mention the widespread corruption.

But, of course, in the final year of its life, the BCS was without any sort of the former two. The all-dominant team in undefeated Florida State will face the champions of the best football conference in the nation, the Cinderella-like Auburn Tigers, led by former Garden City Community College standout Nick Marshall.

There were no other reasonable choices for the top two teams to play in Pasedana for the final BCS National Title. So, the BCS got it right despite the months of doomsday scenarios that plagued the sports airwaves like flies in July.

But what if the playoff committee was picking the top four this season to compete in a playoff? Well, now we're getting back to what we all love about college football anyway — the mess of it all.

The committee would seemingly have to choose two of Alabama, Michigan State, Stanford and Baylor. Good luck with that Condeleeza Rice, et al.

Sure, Alabama is perceived to be one of the best teams in the country, having won three of the past four national championships. But the Tide didn't even win its own division in the SEC — not that that has stopped them from playing in the biggest game of the season before. Michigan State, on the other hand, won its conference convincingly. But the Big Ten is as weak as its ever been. Stanford has not just one, but two losses on its résumé. But it also played the hardest schedule of any of the teams listed here, and won the second-best conference this season in the PAC-12.

Meanwhile, Baylor has an explosive offense, just one loss to a highly-ranked Oklahoma State team, and won the Big 12. So how will the committee choose? Who knows?

I'm just looking forward to the mess of it all. Because while a four-team playoff obviously is the best avenue for college football, in no way does it solve the constant bickering and controversy that has seemingly enveloped college football for a decade.

Then again, The Telegram's sports editor Brett Marshall drew up a simple 16-team playoff just a few days ago in the office with the potential matchups in that format, and that sure does sound like fun. Florida State vs LSU? Alabama vs Arizona State? Michigan State vs Oklahoma State? Oregon vs Ohio State? Yes, please.

So on behalf of college football fanatics, and before the final nail is placed in the BCS' coffin, I'd like to call for the elimination of the four-team playoff now. Give us 16, or give us death!

Sports Reporter J. Levi Burnfin can be emailed at lburnfin@gctelegram.com

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