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Better East Texas: College football playoff for pay off

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By Pat Stacey

Recently college football conference commissioners approved a plan for college football to move away from the B-C-S or Bowl Championship Series that ranked teams to determine the national title game. The national title game is one of the biggest sporting events and television draws of the year and determining who plays in the game has been a challenge for decades. The B-C-S system uses a series of polls and computer rankings to determine the best teams in the country. The system has endured on-going criticism and question as to its fairness and accuracy. So the godfathers of college football decided to change the system and created what will be a 4 team playoff to determine the national champion. No doubt the B-C-S system needed some improvement but huge money from the TV rights and influence from some very large schools have caused the system to be completely junked. Details are still being worked out but a selection committee will determine the 4 playoff teams and that in itself is troublesome because of personal biases and other influences placed on committee members. There is huge money at play and even the possibility of Cowboys Stadium hosting the national championship. But will Jerry Jones prefer a battle between powerhouses like Alabama and L-S-U or a wildcard type matchup between Boise State and another lesser known school that could be a lopsided contest? College football continues to trade innocence for the mighty dollar and the game will never be the same.

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