College Football Playoffs: Finally a reality


Last weekend was a perfect example of why we love college football so much. Between the Ohio State-Michigan game and the thrilling ending in the Iron Bowl a college football fan could not have asked for more. With Alabama falling short in the Iron Bowl, the question all of us are asking now is who belongs in the National Championship?

The new rankings have Florida State at one, Ohio State at two, and Auburn at three. Still many seem to think that a no loss Ohio State is less worthy than a one loss Auburn team due to their strength of schedules. This debate will go on all the way until, and even after, the National Championship game is decided.

Luckily, next year there will be no need for debate because college football is instituting a playoff system. Next year the Rose and Sugar Bowls will host the first ever college football semifinals followed by the Orange and Cotton Bowls in year two and the Fiesta and Chick-fil-A the following year. The rotation will repeat itself every three years.

“This will be must-watch TV for two days in a row,” said executive director Bill Hancock. “…The whole cultural nature of New Year’s Eve is going to change in this country. People are going to stay home from their parties to watch these games.”

Cowboy Stadium has been awarded the honor of hosting the first College Football Championship; the game will be played  January 12, 2015. Tampa Bay was the other serious bidder for the first championship game.

“We couldn’t be more excited to about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboy’s Stadium,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Organizers expect the semifinal games will continue to be treated as traditional bowl weeks, with teams arriving a week or so in advance and participating in team and media activities. The championship game, on the other hand, will be treated more like a conference title game.

“I hate the current system, teams that play easy schedules can make it to the championship just because teams that play harder schedules lose a game or two, it’s not fair,” said Elder Senior Dave Huhn.

College football fans can rest easy knowing that next year there will be no debate on whether the two actual best teams will be playing for the finals.