Some bowl supporters claim that the current system is good for college football because it makes the regular season more relevant for the top teams. One loss and you're out of contention for the national title. At the very top (as long as you have no losses thus far), that might be true, but what happens once a good team loses a game? Is the regular season as important as it was anymore? When the competition is tough, it's not so clear to me.Unfortunately, if you click through, you won't see my bracket from last year. What better way to bring this up than to speculate about a six-team playoff for this year? It is too early, but just imagine that the higher seeds hold serve. Here's what a 6-team BCS championship bracket would look like:
And, then there's the team that hasn't lost, but because it doesn't play in the toughest conference, it isn't ranked among the top two. Do they deserve to be in the top two at the end of the regular season? Probably not. But, do they deserve to have a chance to play one of those "best" two? I think so. Such a game would attract a lot of media attention. Finally, what about the regular season drama for the teams that have to go undefeated just to be noticed? Is that drama gone if we expand the playoff? Not if the playoff tournament is small enough.
The way I see it, there's plenty of drama and regular season pressure to go around in a 6-team format. To show what my tournament would look like, I redrafted my 6-team bracket from last year to incorporate the top 6 teams in the BCS standings.
Of course, there's still time left in the season. If this were the end of the season tournament, maybe one of these teams would stumble and leave room for Boise State (ranked 7) or Houston (ranked 8) to have a shot at the championship. This is hypothetical, of course, but it sure seems more satisfying than a group of media members deciding whether LSU versus Alabama (part 2) would be more interesting or more worthy than some other match up that hasn't happened yet.