Re: Auburn coach speaks out against BCS system, ESPN
I don't know if a playoff will solve anything. My alma mater is 1-AA and they have been left out of the playoffs a couple of times when a lot of people felt they should have made it. Increase that outrage 10 times and that's what you'll get when someone like Florida has three losses but has played a tough schedule and won't make the playoffs because they aren't ranked high enough. And you still have the rankings factor at work there. Maybe Georgia's coach or AD doesn't want to rank Florida too high because of the rivalry and the fact that if Florida doesn't make the playoffs, that could hurt their recruiting.
I think the travel issue is a non-starter. Let's say Ohio St. made the playoffs and their first round game was in Knoxville, TN and their 2nd round game was in Atlanta. You think the Buckeye faithful wouldn't travel to those places for those games if they had ticket availability. What was the game at Indiana like? Were there a lot of Buckeye fans who made the trip to Bloomington? I'd imagine they wouldn't have had problems scoring tickets there.
The drawback to a playoff system that I see are the death of the bowls. I'm sure they could incorporate the major bowls into any playoff system but a lot of the mid-major schools and some of the major ones point to a bowl game as a reward. Some teams are just ecstatic to go to any bowl no matter how lame it is. It's national TV, it's an extra few weeks of practice and it's a little extra money for the program. Coaches have bowl incentives in their contracts. To be honest, I believe there are about 15 too many bowls out there. But they aren't paring them down any time soon and if these cities want to have a bowl game, why shouldn't they? Sure, you could keep all the lower tier games and still have a playoff but who would really care about those games?
I don't think the present system is so horrible. It certainly gets people talking about college football which is a good thing.