The College Football Playoff


Jacob Tillman, Staff Writer

When the news came that the playoffs would be introduced in the 2014/2015 college football season fans around the country rejoiced. Fans finally got what they were asking for and the future looked bright.

Then the season began.

There is nothing wrong with the idea of a college football playoff; it is even a great step forward in college football. What’s wrong though, is the execution of it.

Four teams were never enough. Everyone knew this. With five major conferences there will always be someone left out.

There should have been at least eight spots available when the playoff was originally introduced, and there really should be 16 in order to include all of the one-loss teams and the good teams who are not conference champions.

But these are the changes that have yet to be made, and hopefully this year’s controversy will incline the NCAA to make changes.

As soon as the season began problems of the selection of teams became clear, and they got even worse towards the end.

Florida State were undefeated but no one really thought they should be, TCU only had one loss like all of the other teams, but that extremely controversial loss was to Baylor who were also a one loss team.

Alabama and Oregon were the only teams who were commonly agreed to be in the top four. They both only had one loss, but the rest of their season has been far more impressive.

Ohio State could have also been out of the question. Their one loss was at the beginning of the season where they were embarrassingly beaten by a bad Virginia Tech team.

Not only that but Ohio State is on their third string quarterback, something that’s supposed to make a difference to the committee of 12.

It’s true that their third string quarterback did well against Wisconsin. And it is also true that they completely destroyed Wisconsin (who were overrated in the first place).

But there is no logical way that they can surpass TCU when TCU was already ranked two spots higher than Ohio State going into the last week and also won their game convincingly.

But there was no logic applied in the committee when they were choosing the four teams. There was only bias.

No matter what anyone does, people will always be biased in these big decisions. You cannot rely on people alone to make these decisions; they need help. And this help can come from those hated computers.

I am not asking for only computers, but for their help and guidance in these things. They produce logic and facts that might wake up the committee and help them notice that they are making the wrong decision.

The problem is they probably know they are making the wrong decision, they’re just choosing the option that gives the most money and the “best matchups”, whether or not those match-ups are completely wrong.

Ohio State had a worse season than TCU and Baylor. They had a pathetic loss to an unranked team while TCU’s loss was to Baylor who was also contending for the playoffs. The thing is that TCU should be undefeated. They should’ve beaten Baylor and the referees prevented them from winning by calling completely wrong opposite pass interference calls, which are hard to argue against.

Not only did Ohio State have an extremely worse loss than TCU, they had troubles throughout the whole season, including the narrow second overtime win to another one-loss team: Penn State.

TCU played five ranked teams and barely lost to the best one (Baylor), and Ohio State played a total of three ranked teams and lost to an unranked one.

So clearly there was no logic applied in the choosing of the teams. The committee just chose the best matchups, the biggest teams, and the games that would produce the most money.

Baylor and TCU were also overlooked because of the controversy that would come by picking one over the other. They wanted to dodge the difficult decision but ended up choosing the wrong one and enraging both sides’ fans.

Baylor has a point to make; they beat TCU, still have their starting quarterback, and are only a one-loss team.

They’ve had a far more impressive season than Ohio State and should definitely be ranked higher than them.

What Baylor does not want to admit though is that their season has been less impressive than TCU, despite their “win” against them.

Therefore TCU is the logical choice for the #4 spot. There is no reason they should drop 3 spots in the final week even though they won their last game and are clearly better than Baylor and Ohio State.

As a community we need to show our disapproval of how the playoffs have been handled. We need to pressure NCAA to change the number of teams admitted to at least 8. This alone would solve many problems.

It is true the committee got unlucky on how narrow this season has been, but they would’ve helped themselves if they had chosen the right teams.