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William C. Altreuter

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A lot of people like to complain about the Bowl Championship Series but for the most part I think they are complaining about the wrong thing. A true "national championship tournament" would, to my way of thinking be even worse for the sport because it be worse for the students. Under the existing system schools play a fixed schedule which includes games agains traditional rivals and games with schools that are resume builders and/or revenue enhancers. Adding four or eight or whatever games in a playoff style system might allow an Oklahoma State or a Boise the opportunity to prove itself against another team with a similar record but a lower national profile, but so what? What is certain under a playoff system is that the students who are playing will be a greater risk for injury, and will be away from class and campus even more than they are already. Big time college sports are already a sham-- I don't see how heightening the contradictions helps anyone.

The real problem with the current system is that it diminishes interest in college football at the exact moment when college football should be the most entertaining. The games leading up to the New Years Day matchups used to be enticing appetizers, and the New Years Bowl games were a welcome respite from an otherwise dreary holiday. For a brief moment hockey stepped up to fill this void, but naturally the NHL found a way to screw that up. This year the annual outdoor hockey match dropped the puck at 7 PM. Thanks for nothing, NHL. Where were you at 3:00 in the afternoon when I could have used you?

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