Mark Schlabach presents two D-1 futures:
… Want to know what the BCS will look like 10 years from now?
For the majority of college football fans, the perfect postseason would look something like this: The sport’s national champion would be crowned after three rounds of a thrilling eight-team playoff, which would fill stadiums from Atlanta to Dallas to Pasadena and captivate millions of television viewers. Notre Dame would no longer be given special consideration, and the expanded Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big East would stage conference championship games — creating a truly level playing field for the first time.
Want to know what the BCS is really going to look like in 2018? (Warning: If you’re a college football fan clamoring for a playoff, close your eyes.)
It’s going to look exactly the same as it does today.
Recent interviews with conference commissioners, head coaches and other college football heavyweights revealed an overwhelming opinion that little or nothing will change in the way the sport determines its national champion between now and the 2018 season.
Personally, I think we’ll have playoffs by then. The squeaky wheel (in this case, the steady media drumbeat for a playoff will drown out those who either oppose a playoff or don’t care) will get the grease eventually.
Plus, I’m a pessimist. And this quote is a major downer:
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who became one of the BCS’ biggest critics after his undefeated 2004 team was left out of the national championship game, said selling tickets for playoff games wouldn’t be a problem.
“I think what will happen is 75 percent of the tickets would be sold to corporate America, just like the Super Bowl,” Tuberville said.
Now that’s something for college football to aspire to. It may not be what we deserve, but it’s what we’ll see in the end – and we’ll be assured that it’s progress.