In division I college football, the two teams that play for the national championship are decided by the top two teams in the BCS rankings. A system that ranks the top 25 college football teams in the nation. However, every year there are always multiple teams that think they deserve a shot at the national championship game and don't get it because only the top two ranked teams have a shot to play for it. In no other sport in the world that I know of is there such a small playoff system that negatively affects the integrity of the true champion. Therefore a plus-one (4 team bracket) playoff system needs to be adopted.
Anyone who feels differently (thinks there should be a larger than 4 team bracket, it should be kept the same, or any other view is welcome to debate the topic)
I think that it should stay the same way. I know it is not perfect and many teams do believe that they should have a chance at a playoff game but it is tough to put into D1 college football. A whole playoff system like the National Football League would be nice but then how do you determine who would make it and the plus one does seem like a good system but then the two or three teams out of the top four will think they should be in.
The system in now has been working. Keep it the same way. The top two teams should play each other for the national championship. The other teams still make the playoffs with the other Bowl games. A lot of teams win also because there are a lot of Bowl games.
Using last season as an example I believe that the two best teams in college football played against each other for the national Championship when Alabama beat LSU.
Last year it did end up working out. The two best teams played for the national championship. But it hardly ever works out that way. There's almost always a case where a team that has a legitimate case for at least calling themselves the number two team doesn't get in. In 2005 there were five undefeated teams at the end of the season. Three of them (USC, Oklahoma, and Auburn) were from major conferences. USC beat Oklahoma in the national championship game and Auburn won their Sugar Bowl game leaving two undefeated major conference teams left at the end of the season. In 2008 and 2009 Boise State and Utah, respectively, finished undefeated seasons in their bowl games against powerhouse schools (Oklahoma and Alabama). Name one other sport where a team can go undefeated and still not get a chance to win the championship. I understand that there are always going to be teams that think they should get into the tournament that don't. But having four teams makes it exponentially more likely that those teams do not have legitimate arguments that they are one of the top one or two teams. In college basketball one of the best parts of the tournament are the cindarella teams that go far every year. Last year Butler was one shot away from winning the national championship game. Every team deserves a chance to win a championship and in order for people to say they're not the best team they should hve to at least get beat first.
Another reason there should be a plus one system put into division I college football is the buzz it would create with fans and media. Everyone says that having more teams would take away from the meaningfulness of the regular season and the games wouldn't seem as exciting. But there are almost 120 division I college football teams. Would adding two more teams really make a difference in how big the games are. I feel it would even make them more exciting because there would be more teams in contention for a national championship at the end of the year. Games that included the 3-10 ranked teams would seem a lot more meaningful at the end of the year instead of all of them just playing for a bowl game. There would also be so much buzz around that semi-final game (which could count as a bowl game) and the proceeding national championship game.
Every team does not deserve a chance at a championship. The best teams in the regular season deserve the chance to win the championship. It should stay the same because it is tradition also. Tradition is always important in sports.
Boise St and Utah did not deserve a chance at the championship because they play in horrible conferences. Winning in the Mountain West is good but not very impressive.
They should keep it the same way.
Tradition changes all the time. The NFL only recently adopted a wild card playoff system and the MLB just this year added two more playoff teams to theirs. College basketball also added four more teams to their tournament so why should college football be held to a different standard when it comes to tradition.
Yes the Mountain West and the WAC aren't BCS conferences, but honestly, they're almost as good if not just as good as the Big East and no one would ever argue that a dominant Big East team doesn't deserve a shot at a national championship. As I pointed out before there are also BCS teams that go undefeated and don't get a shot to play for first place. Last year, before the last week, Oregon and Alabama both only lost one game and they were both to LSU. So if Oregon would have won their final game, how does one decide if Oregon or Alabama should have played for the national championship? Things like this can't just be left up to a voting committee. Teams have worked too hard for old men in suits to split hairs to decide who goes to the national championship when clearly in many cases deserving teams don't get a chance. The bowl system is just a way for universities and big sponsors to make money and this flawed old way of doing things needs to change.