College football or college basketball?

College football or college basketball?

Contrary to popular belief, the college basketball playoff system has its flaws.

Parker Fox, Editor-in-Chief

While the college football playoff system receives no shortage of flack, people rarely criticize college basketball and its playoff system.  I guess I’m a renegade.  While March Madness is certainly exciting, the regular season in college basketball is nearly pointless. 

                Selecting two teams to play in the National Championship game is a process that can generate conflict.  This past year people wondered what would happen as Notre Dame, Oregon, and Kansas State all approached the end of the season undefeated.  While it appeared that all three would finish without losing, the process worked itself out.  Oregon lost to Stanford and Kansas State lost to Baylor on the same night, leaving Notre Dame ranked number one and Alabama number two.  Those two teams would meet in the National Championship in Miami Gardens where the Crimson Tide annihilated the Irish 42-14.  This type of blowout led even more people to complain about the system, arguing that Oregon would have been a more competitive opponent for Alabama.  While that may be true, Oregon could have controlled their own destiny had they taken care of Stanford.  March Madness is exciting and probably takes the cake over bowl season, but the sacrifice of the significance of the regular season is not worth it. 

                While performance in the regular season matters as far as seeding goes, seeding does not matter in the sense that a team will have to win six consecutive games regardless.  In a marquee game, like Miami-Duke last Saturday, the result of the game will be irrelevant when the season ends.  It may make a difference between a one seed and a two seed, but does that make even a negligible difference?  Had that been a college football game between the number three and number five ranked teams, the consequence would have been national title contention or a season of mediocrity.  While March Madness is certainly fun to watch, people don’t realize that the regular season in college football is superior as a direct result of the lack of a playoff system.