Back in June, the Bowl Championship Series announced it was switching formats beginning in 2014 to a seeded, four-team playoff with participating teams picked by a committee a la the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. This was great news for everyone who hated the current BCS format and thought a playoff should have been created from the outset. Some still had reservations, but the reaction overall was very positive.
Several months later, more details of the playoff system have emerged and the decrease in enthusiasm is palpable.
The first issues came when the major conferences immediately began aligning themselves with BCS bowls so that their conference champions will always play in the same bowl. That meant, of course, that the same exclusionary atmosphere in the current BCS was most likely going to get carried over into the new format as well.