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Championship games hindrances to playoffs.

The BCS National Championship game is set, as are all the bowl games. It must be that time of year again.

Yep, you guessed it — time to talk about playoffs in college football.

Yeah, I know they are coming in 2014, but I can’t wait that long. I want to talk about them now.

In fact, these last two years of the BCS could be a good thing because every year it seems like the system presents itself with new problems. In turn, it gives us a chance to look back and correct the flaws.

Before this season ended, I thought I had it all figured out; the perfect system. My idea was for an eight-team playoff — the six major conference champions earn an automatic bid, and then two wildcards are chosen.

In theory, it was a perfect system, but that theory was dependent on functioning in a perfect world. To my disappointment, I was reminded once again we don’t live in one.

The biggest problem with my theory is that conferences are constantly changing — some are growing stronger, others weaker.

Let’s face it, we are headed toward four superconferences at this point. The Big East has all but disintegrated (the MAC looks like a stronger conference right now), and the ACC looks like it will follow.

We have a terrible slate of bowl games this year because the Big Ten sends Wisconsin (7-5) as its representative to the Rose Bowl, while the Big East sends Louisville to the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile, deserving top 10 teams are left out in the cold. My system doesn’t fix that.

So, the solution is simply this: Conference championship games must be done away with once we reach the playoff era. The top eight ranked teams go, and that’s the end of it.

If the current four-team playoff format were in effect this year, Georgia would have been left out because it played one extra game. But then, I don’t think anyone would disagree that Oregon deserves a shot at the title in a playoff system. So that means four teams are not enough, and the conference championships will get in the way.

The idea of the BCS was to have the best teams playing. Look at this year’s bowl schedule and you will see clearly this is not the case. Georgia Tech at 6-7 almost made the Orange Bowl for crying out loud.

If the conference championship games aren’t scrapped, the playoff system will inevitably miss that goal as well.

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