Six teams makes more sense for a number of reasons, however the biggest is what made the BCS somewhat tolerable – it makes the regular season important. In an eight-team playoff, this year Wisconsin would be getting creamed by Alabama in the first game. Boring. Also, we’d be letting a three-loss team and three teams from the Big 10 in the playoff.
Let’s play out our new six-team playoff.
In our rematch, the Wolverines win the game 28-24 after Harbaugh ran on the field and was not flagged with a 15-yard penalty because the refs were afraid of him. In the Penn St./Washington match, up you have a solid, untested, Big 10 team whose best wins are Ohio State and Wisconsin, vs a solid, untested, Washington team whose best wins are against Colorado and Washington State. How exciting! Personally, I think Penn State is overrated, so in this scenario we’ll give the edge to Washington.
In reality, these two “play-in games” are coin flips and I think you could easily see no change from the current four teams, but in the meantime you’ve given us two interesting games to watch before the really good bowl games get started after Christmas.
On the other side of the bracket, Clemson and Michigan will be a really good game. Clemson has one of the best offenses in college football, and they’ve been forced to play in tight games all season. While Michigan has struggled against teams they frankly shouldn’t have. They only beat Wisconsin, Michigan St., and Indiana by less than two scores. Michigan will be good next year, but Clemson is good right now. In the end, I believe you’ll see the matchup that is to be expected in the actually national championship this year – Alabama vs Clemson. And we’ll sum this game up quickly: Alabama is the best team in the country. Period.