The College Football Playoff replaced the Bowl Championship Series this season. The BCS matched the top two teams in the country to compete for the National Championship; but it was not without its controversy. The design of the College Football playoffs was to place the 4 most deserving teams in a playoff format as a way of determining a true National Champion. In many ways, the hope was to eliminate doubt and to not leave out an equally deserving program from an opportunity of winning the National Championship.
Well fast forward to the 2014 season, the College Football Playoffs are set and we still have the same challenge of determining the most deserving programs. There wasn’t much of a question in the minds of College Football experts about which teams would cement their spots in the inaugural playoffs with a win over the weekend. Florida State, which defeated Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship moved up one spot to be seeded third. The debate centered around 2 programs from the Big 12 and 1 from the Big 10.
Ohio State claimed style points for their dominance over Wisconsin with their third string quarterback. Their dominating win convinced the 12-member committee to bump TCU from the Playoffs entirely. Despite their win over Iowa State, TCU was dropped to 6th when the final standings were released.
The Committee was in a difficult position. It’s one thing to leave both Big 12 programs out of the Playoff equation but another thing to keep TCU ranked higher than Baylor. While I feel for the Big 12, there is no question in my mind that not having a Conference Championship game really hurt them. We will share more shortly about what the Big 12 needs to do and truth be told that the Conference knew well before the final standings were released that they needed to address this.
Below is the Playoff Schedule:
2. Oregon vs. 3. Florida State
January 1 at 5:00pm Rose Bowl
1. Alabama vs Ohio State
January 1 at 8:30pm Allstate Sugar Bowl
The semifinal winners will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12th. Alabama and Florida State may be the early favorites but who do you think will come away as the National Champion in this inaugural season of this format?