For me, the long overdue debate has been settled. On Tuesday college football surpassed the pro football as my favorite sport.
The presidents oversight committee approved a four-team playoff for college football. The semifinals will be played at current Bowl Championship Series sites and the national title game will go to the site with the highest bid.
The playoffs system will begin in 2014 and runs through the 2025 season.
Full disclosure: I am one of the biggest college football fans out there. I attended the University of Texas and am still a season ticket holder with a Burnt Orange tattoo on my arm.
Like many graduates of Texas, Notre Dame or any college football powerhouse, social events, weddings and funerals in the fall are planned around a football schedule.
That being said, for years I preferred pro football over the collegiate game.
Although that sound strange for someone who attended Texas, the NFL had one big advantage over the NCAA: a playoff and championship game.
I can tell you from my experience going to Cowboys games; the atmosphere of pro game doesn’t measure up to Saturdays on campus. The NFL lacked the pride and pageantry that goes with cheering on your alma mater or home state school.
But at the end of the NFL season, I couldn’t argue that the Giants didn’t deserve to be the champs or that Tim Tebow could outduel Tom Brady in the playoffs.
The players and teams settled it on the field. That was the one lacking factor in college football.
Although the adapted system isn’t perfect, it’s the best way to move forward to preserve the intensity of the regular season.
Yes, the No. 5 team will be crying bloody murder if they are left out, but there is one simple solution…....win all your games.
Typically, teams ranked fifth have at least one loss. In the 14-year history of the BCS, the No. 5 team has had at least one loss in 13 of those seasons.
This system gives fans what they want while keeping the playoff intensity in the regular season.