College football has made a move that millions of fans have been clamoring for; they’re going to a playoff system and scraping the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) format in two seasons. The new format will be a four-team, three-game playoff that will incorporate the major bowls and might be worth a staggering $500 million annually in television revenue.
The system was approved in Washington yesterday by the 12-member BCS Presidential Oversight Committee. This is a move that none other than President Obama wanted to see happen (he said as much during the 2008 presidential campaign season while on ESPN). The BCS system, in contrast, created five bowl match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA’s Division I, relying on computer selection methods that determined relative team rankings and national polls. It was widely derided as arcane, the methodology used subjective.
One player who will miss out on the opportunity to lead his team through a college playoff round and into a championship game is the University of Tennessee’s quarterback Tyler Bray, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, thought by many analysts to be the top returning QB in college football and a potential number one pick in the NFL draft in 2013. Bray, a Heisman hopeful, is going into his junior year, but will likely leave for the NFL.
Cherokee Nation citizen and Sequoyah High School quarterback Brayden Scott, however, might benefit from this format and ply his trade in front of the giant audiences sure to flock to these long-awaited college playoffs. The Oklahoman is the 25th ranked quarterback in the nation, and has committed to joining the University of Memphis. By the time the playoffs kick into gear, Scott might be leading the Tigers. Here’s to hoping we get to see him perform on this stage.