During the conclusion and aftermath of USC's domination of Penn State I, like most people across the country, was truly upset that we don't have a playoff in college football. But my anger was not over the fact that USC once against destroyed the Big Ten starting the annual talk about how they are playing the best football in the country and deserve to be playing for the title. I was upset when I heard that the Pac 10 has won the last 6 Rose Bowls (the Big 10's last win was in '98 when Wisconsin beat Standford).
It really got me thinking about how unfair the placement of some of these games are. I understand the games are played in December and January taking advantage of the warm weather states, but is it really fair that USC gets to play 11 miles from their home stadium every year while Penn State and Michigan have to travel across the country? Or is it fair that Wisconsin has to play Florida State in Florida this year and Michigan had to play Florida in Florida last year?
The biggest reason I want a playoff systems is to literally even the playing field. I don't care how many teams you select or which final bowl games you use, I just want the first round of games to played at the home stadium of the lower seed. The current system in place gives teams from the Southeast and West clear home field advantage every year. How are you rewarding a great Penn State team by making them basically play at USC for their Bowl game. I bet if the game yesterday was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh the outcome would have been a little different. Imagine if Michigan got to play at Ford Field every year or Wisconsin at Lambeau, how many more victories would the Big 10 have? I bet we would somehow be a little "faster" in those games.
We need a playoff system to reward teams for doing well not punishing them. One of the biggest arguments against a playoff system is that we would lose the "every game matters" attitude. Well using a playoff system with home games eliminates that. Every game would matter because you would be playing for home field advantage. That is what makes the NFL great...Imagine if every year the Packers or Bears had to play their playoff games in Florida or California. What would the NFL be without the Frozen Tundra or the Ice Bowl?
The bottomline is I am sick of everyone beating the Big 10 up and worshiping USC and others after the bowl season. If your teams are so good then come to Ann Arbor Jan 1st and beat the Wolverines. Let see that so called "speed" when its 20 degrees and you are playing in a stadium only 1/3 full of your fans. Let's truly even the playing field so that at the end of the day the best team is crowned champion.