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Thank Goodness – College Football Finally Has A Playoff [NoeBrainer]

Hallelujah!  College football finally has a playoff system.  Thank the heavens.  A four-team playoff format will begin in 2014.  Fans that don’t embrace this are ridiculous.

I’m completely on board with this four-team playoff system in college football.  It only took 140-some years to finally implement a playoff system in college football, but hey, I’ll take it.  I’ve been hearing so much bad logic when it comes to the new college football playoff system (which will begin in 2014).  I’ll argue each of the points that I’ve heard quickly:

“Someone will always be left out.  Now, the 5th place team is going to complain.” - So what?  That’s not a good enough reason to reject a college football playoff.  You want to keep the third and fourth-ranked teams out of a playoff because the fifth-place team might cry?  Who cares? 

“The four-team playoff is going to destroy the regular season.” - Settle down, please.  Four of the last six teams to win the National Championship suffered at least one loss.  LSU lost twice in 2007, yet still won it all.  It was a farce that there was “no margin for error” in the BCS system.  The regular season will still be incredibly important with only four teams getting into the playoffs.  Fans act like teams can lose half of their games and still make it into the playoffs.  Again, settle down.

“This is just the beginning of expansion.” - The playoffs won’t be expanded for 12 years once the playoff system goes into effect in 2014.  I think a six-team format would be perfect.  I could live with an eight-team format as well.  Anything beyond eight teams would water down the regular season too much.  I believe that the powers-that-be in college football understand that they can’t water down the incredibly unique regular season in college ball too much.  I’m confident that they will not expand the playoffs beyond eight teams for a long, long time.  It took them 143 years to expand the playoffs to four teams.  There isn’t going to be a 16-team playoff format by 2017, if ever.  Take another deep breath, and settle down, playoff haters.  This is a good thing.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.

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