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5 Ways The New Playoff System Improves College Football

5 Ways The New Playoff System Improves College Football

NCAA Football: National Championship Trophy Unveiling
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The 2014 college football season brings with it a new era, as the BCS has now ended and the four-team playoff begins. There are mixed feelings on whether or not this system will be an improvement over the old. Some believe the BCS worked fine, while others think the playoff should be eight teams. Arguments can be made for all, but here are five ways that the current system improves college football.

5. More College Football

Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson
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5. More College Football

Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson
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We get an extra game added to the schedule, which is a win on every level. Plus, three games added overall that mean something. Instead of a bunch of meaningless bowl games with only one game at the end that matters, we get two games that mean something -- plus an added championship after those. It's more football, and no fan complains about more football.

4. Better Regular Season

USC Football: Trojans take the field
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4. Better Regular Season

USC Football: Trojans take the field
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Teams are going to be forced to schedule better during the regular season if they are going to impress the selection committee. We will see old rivalries renewed and fewer cupcakes pop up on schedules. This will raise the level of competition and entertainment for fans during the regular season. Ultimately, it will also improve the product as time goes on.

3. Fewer Agendas

SEC Football: Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide
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3. Fewer Agendas

SEC Football: Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide
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The old system included biased coaches and computer formulas that no one really understood. Coaches all have agendas and they all had a say in the process. The new system has only 13 people making the decisions, which is simple and creates a greater level of accountability in the process. There will still be snubs, but the debate will not be as rampant and will die quickly. All in all, this will be more fair and more clear across the board.

2. More Entertaining Postseason

Hawaii Bowl: Boise State vs Oregon State
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2. More Entertaining Postseason

Hawaii Bowl: Boise State vs Oregon State
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The lull between conference championship games and the BCS championship always felt long and drawn out. The playoff solves that issue. The semifinals will be played just at a month after the conference championships wrap up, and then comes the national championship. The talking points will change, anticipation will be increased, and the excitement will build.

1. Less Controversial Champion

BCS Championship: National Championship Trophy
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1. Less Controversial Champion

BCS Championship: National Championship Trophy
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In all fairness, the BCS worked well the last several seasons. However, there has been heavy controversy beyond that regarding which teams should be in the championship game. Having four teams with a shot will take much of the controversy out of the equation. By the end of the season, there’s usually a consensus on the top 4-5 teams. Now, those teams can settle the debate on the field.