Matt Suoja: College football should have a tournament formatUpsets happen, especially in college sports.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Upsets happen, especially in college sports.
Early in the season, some top tier teams will get knocked off early, even though they may go on to win the rest of their games during the season.
Should they be penalized for this early loss?
Many times that one loss is one they couldn’t afford to blow and it eventually ruins their national championship hopes.
In what other sport are championships decided, more-less by a ranking system like the Bowl Championship Series, rather than a knock ’em down, drag out affair like the NFL playoffs?
Can you imagine how uninteresting pro sports would be without a playoff system?
Some of the higher ups in college sports, and at colleges in general, are afraid of this format. Maybe the schools involved would lose too much money. Some of the schools who make it to a big bowl (take the Chick-fil-A Bowl, f’rinstance) can rake in millions of dollars if their team is chosen.
Why not change each game in each round of the playoffs to a different bowl game?
Maybe have all the winners from the various bowls become involved in a playoff format. That may be a little tedious considering how many bowls there are.
If I were in charge, I would probably go with a 16 team format, using team records as the biggest determinant, along with other factors such as conference record. No matter what, some good teams are left out just like in other sports.
Some may say records don’t show it all because some programs have relatively weak schedules.
Wouldn’t it be exciting to find out if those teams are for real?
I don’t think there is anything more exciting in sports than an upset and that is exactly what a college football tournament would create, like the NCAA basketball tournament. Maybe a team could make a Cinderella run like in college hoops.
It could mean more money for college football too, especially if an “unimportant” bowl game had so much more riding on the line.
The fans should come first when it comes to bowl games.
The reason being, they are the one who are generating money for the schools.
Keep the customer happy is an old business adage. It should probably be followed by college football, too.
Matt Suoja is a reporter with the Lake County News Chronicle. E-mail sports tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call him at 834-2141.