I suspect this puts me in the minority, but I don’t want Division 1 College Football Playoffs. I actually like the current Bowl system – fans get a nice holiday in a warm Southern city, lots of teams get to play and lots of people get to argue about who’s better. And since I have no real expectation that my team[s] will ever be Number One, I can live with the ambiguity.
Fortunately for me, this is a rare case when I’m on the same side as the big money. Because the Bowl games are all about money and switching to a single elimination playoff is just too much like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Suppose we had an 8 team playoff tournment. That would require 7 games over 3 weeks. Exactly which fans are going to which games? And how much are they going to spend?
It’s relatively easy to go to a single New Year’s Day Bowl game – you’re already on holiday. But suppose there were three weeks of games. If you play the games on weekends, then you go head-to-head with the NFL. But if you play the games during the week, then who’s going to travel to the games and how much can they afford to spend?
Nope, I think the Bowl System is safe until they figure out how to make more money with a playoff.