In the current version of college football, a computer program ranks the top teams and at the end of the season the 2 teams the computer think are the best get into the BCS bowl. A proper playoff system allowing a number of top teams to compete to be #1 seems proper.
Yes, fairer than the current system when it comes to championships and rankings. The question is How far do you go; how many teams? As a Bama fan, I certainly would have liked to have had a playoff this year. That being said, I don't think the BCS was that bad either. Even the old bowl system with multiple, and often conflicting, polls had its own special charm. It was great for the sports debaters of the world, On the playoff, the more teams the fairer, but I don't see how more than 5-6 teams are practical. Always going to be conflict though, only difference is whether arguing over who's 2 or over who's 6.
You need to see more teams in a playoff, it can help smaller schools get noticed way more easily, and it also helps to see who is the BEST overall team, and can matchup against anyone. My pick in a playoff right now would resolve between Oregon, Michigan State, Alabama, or Auburn.
The playoff system is not fair at all. The power is controlled mainly by the SEC. Then you have this group of 12 people who then say should play in the playoffs.
The old BCS system was better, it just needed to be tweaked. The 8 BCS bowls should have been run concurrently as the first round of playoffs.
Week 1: 16 teams/8 BCS bowl games
Week 2: 8 teams/4 playoff games
Week 3: 4 teams/ 2 playoff games
Week 4: 2 teams/ championship game
Champion ship game can be played before Jan. 15
Only The BCS bowl contenders would be playing in the championship series. With only the championship teams playing the 3 extra games. This should start the week following the last regular season game.
Now the system is unfair, because your record does not count unless you are in the Big 5 conferences. No small conference will ever get a fair deal. Look at UCF, the only undefeated college team, they did not even make the top 5. And all the committee has to say is that their schedule was weak. What would Alabama's record be if they played everyone in their division, like how it is done in the Big 12. The system is set up to screw everyone over except the SEC and ACC.
Even if they too each conference champion and let them play in a playoff would be better and fair to every conference. Yes, the weaker conferences may lose, but it is fair. Even the top teams sometimes blow each other out, look at the Auburn vs. Georgia championship. It was a blow out, and personally I would rather see a UCF have a shot and get blown out.
The weaker conferences should make their own division and have a playoff system, and let the Big 5 conferences stay to themselves.
Division 2 college ball has a way better system.
I believe right now, it is unfair. Some teams with undefeated records are still being left out of the CFB playoffs. And every year it seems like the same teams being played. Including Alabama, Clemson, and etc. I think a reasonable number will be Top 10 go to the playoffs. May be a lot to some people but it will show who the actual champion of the league is.
No, the current system is absolutely 'unfair'. I am a Bama fan, but, the reality is that the playoff system should take all the division champions into the mix. There are 11 divisions, so there should be 'at least' with one wildcard champion, based on statistics. A FIVE round playoff would result in a 'TRUE' national champion.
NCAAF is the only sport with out a true champion. There are so many variables in sports. How many times in other sports do we see the last seed crowned champion? In NCAAF Cinderella teams are not given a chance. Let all the champions of their respective conference's compete and there will be no argument.
It's not fair because the sec, acc, big 12, PAC 12, and big 10 automatically have the playoff spots with one champion being left out. All the other schools of college football get left out as well no matter how good they are. For example, UCF should have been a playoff team if they had a playoff last year, but would not have been included. Instead they should have the 5 major conference champions get in plus the highest ranked team outside of one of the power conferences. That would include all the conferences plus a good underdog team.
A college football playoff is not fair because a playoff with eight teams gives a weaker team more of an opportunity to beat a team that was stronger during the regular season. Some will argue that is makes the regular season less enjoyable and actually cheapens it. Regular season records wouldn't matter anymore and that is unfair.
As Sooners Coach Bob Stoops points out, the way teams are chosen for the playoffs is biased. Antiquated rules keep successful teams out of the contest, and let in teams with inferior records. It would make more sense to let the teams with the best records play, no matter where they played. Selection should also adjust for the opponents particular teams faced. How can the playoffs be fair if the best teams don’t get to play?