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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

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There are a few different things that the NCAA can learn from the NFL regarding the playoffs. The first is that excitement is built when a larger number of teams have the chance to run the table and make it to the Championship Game. For teams like TCU and Boise State, who entered the Fiesta Bowl with undefeated records, they both knew that there was no chance of going to play for the National Championship. When you consider that a playoff system would likely include Texas and TCU, you'd have to think that the entire state of Texas would have their eyes on the playoff system.

Another thing that the NCAA can learn is that there is more money to be made when you add more games. You could simply use the existing bowl games as games that the losers of the semifinal and quarterfinal games can play in. For example, it could use the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl as venues for the third and fifth-place games, while using the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl as hosts for the seventh and ninth-place games. For the playoff system, you could have the higher seed host the game, like the NFL, or you could designate stadiums around the country before the season for those games. The amount of money that each team and the NCAA could make between ticket sales and ad revenue would be tremendous.

In all sports, the playoffs are all about excitement. People would watch the games leading up to the Championship Game if they actually meant something. For games like Iowa vs. Georgia Tech, fans have no need to tune in unless they like the Hawkeyes or Yellow Jackets. Adding a playoff would make the entire country interested in the game. For example, if Florida or Boise State were to face the winner of the Iowa-GT game, Gators and Broncos fans would be watching every second of the Orange Bowl - under the current system, they could care less who wins.

Adding excitement to the postseason is how you generate more interest in your sport. The bowl games are fun and look good, but without crowning the actual best team of college football through a playoff, we'll never really know who is the legitimate champion of the sport.

By Shawn Zobel  |  January 6, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree with almost everything. However, I do believe under the current system Gators and Broncos fans could NOT care less who wins the Orange Bowl.

Posted by: Chris871 | January 7, 2010 12:22 PM

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