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Last night's BCS National Championship game was one for the ages after a last chance drive by Florida State overtook the Auburn Tigers in what will go down as one of the best BCS Championships in history. It will also go down in history because it was the last time the top two teams will automatically play for the national championship.
Beginning next year, for the first time in college football history, there will finally be a playoff to determine the champion of college football. The NCAA has finally listened to the growing chorus of people calling for some way to take computers and writers out of saying who the best college football teams are and has instituted a four team playoff to determine who will advance to the national championship game.
This is a great first step for the NCAA, but I would like to see the play off expanded to eight or even sixteen teams. There will be plenty of people who say that is too many games for these athletes, but I would beg to differ. The current college football team plays an average of 12 games a year, with one extra if they are invited to play in a bowl game. The average NFL football team plays 16 games a year with up to five more games if they are the Wildcard team and make it all of the way to the Super Bowl. To suggest that professional players can play that many games, but collegiate athletes can't, is an argument that just doesn't bear fruit.
The NCAA took a great first step in the right direction by instituting a short playoff to determine who goes to the national championship game. My hope is that they build on that and expand the field a little bit more. A national champion should not be chosen by the professionals. It should be earned by winning on the field.
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