Playoff: Good or Bad for the ACC?
This is the time of year when the BCS picture is so muddled, the cry for a division I-A playoff system begins anew. As Michael Wilbon pointed out today, even the president-elect is getting in on the act.
Personally, I never had that big a problem with old method, where you had about eight bowl games on New Year's Day, about three of which could affect the top of the rankings and then everyone voted and argued when it was all over. That wasn't definitive by any means, but it didn't pretend to be. The biggest problem with the BCS is its facade of legitimacy. It's not a "system" any more than the old way was; it just picks two teams to play for the championship, rather than picking one and calling it a champion. Is that better? Only marginally.
So virtually everyone would agree that a playoff would be better than the current method. But would it be good for the ACC? Wilbon advocates a playoff that would involve the top eight teams in some rankings, regardless of conference affiliation. That certainly wouldn't include the ACC this season. The current BCS structure always has a place for the ACC champion in a big-money bowl.
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