As I’m sure many of you saw just a few short days ago, the National Championship Game in college football will be Alabama vs. LSU. The computers, analysts, and coaches voted and crunched the numbers and these two teams came out on top but is that the right way to go about selecting the teams to play in the game of all games? Oklahoma State had a statement win, or should I say spanking, against Oklahoma the weekend before which finished out a nearly flawless season for the Cowboys yet they were left out in the cold, somewhat, and were selected to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
The computers which run the numbers, and take into account strength of schedule and strength of conference, decide who are the top two teams in the nation and, based on that, will compete for the national title have caused quite the commotion in recent years because of the rankings they have given teams at the end of the year. I think we can all agree that LSU is clearly the best team in college football, so the discussion comes down to whom they will play. Alabama, hailing from the apparently all-mighty SEC, only lost one game this season, and that was to LSU in an overtime thriller, but the rest of their schedule throughout the year was rather weak when compared to that of Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State, champions of the Big 12, lost only to an Iowa State team, which is clearly much weaker an opponent than LSU, but played a significantly harder schedule throughout the year, with more wins against ranked teams and teams with records above .500, when compared to the games Alabama played.
The computers somehow crunched the numbers and deemed Alabama to be the better team, sending them to the National Championship game but the debate and discussion still continues; is this the final piece of proof needed for the creation of a college football playoff system? I believe there is an apparent necessity for a playoff system because the current system we have is clearly broken. There is almost no way for a non-SEC team to get into the title game, let alone a non-power conference team to come anywhere close. Burke, on the other hand, would most likely argue against this kind of radical change, arguing it would lead to chaos in the college football world. He would probably argue that the playoff system would move too quickly towards equality, which is very bad in his eyes.
What do you think? Is a playoff system necessary? Would Burke argue against it, or would his potential love for the game sway him?