Hey, you gotta admit I haven’t mentioned the P-word in a while. Bill Connelly pulls me back in with this post.
This is pretty much spot on:
In mid-October, when there are somewhere between about eight and 15 undefeated teams remaining, everybody projects the most fantastical, least-likely, every-conference-ends-up-with-an-undefeated-team scenario. “THIS will be the year everybody gets screwed and the BCS blows up!”
In mid-November, once a supposedly great team has lost a game or two (preferably to other great teams), everybody mourns the fact that they are probably ineligible for the title despite the fact that they are clearly great. By late-November, we have poked every hole we can find in the “The current system is great because every game matters” truism. In early-December, every person with an Internet connection has shared their idea of the perfect playoff, gives examples, and tells you why their way is clearly better than the current system.
Anyway, Bill describes himself as an agnostic on the subject, but goes on to list a long number of variations on the them. The thing is, his list reinforces something that’s already clear to anyone who’s voted in the Mumme Poll this season, namely that there aren’t ten élite teams in college football this year. So exactly why do we need a big playoff?