Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs?

Ian Taylor, Sports Editor

Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here. After years of National Championship turmoil, the system is in place to combat the problem.

Yet, by all accounts, to this point, all the new system has done is create new problems.

The scenario is laughable; sad but more than true, and as the last week of the college football season comes calling, the questions about who will make the “final four,” and who will be left wanting continue to mount.

Now, while we are still early in the article here, I would like to state that I am thrilled with the changes made to the previous ineptitude called the Bowl Season. While the games are great and the excitement is palpable, the bottom line for years has been that the best team in college was never really crowned. And with this new playoff design, all that can be put to rest.

Well, kind of.

Right now we have a log jam at the top of both polls — polls run by man, machine, statistics and hell, lions and tigers and bears for all we know, but the true selections for the “final four” will be made by a 13-member committee apparently made up of 10 qualified professionals and three names drawn from a hat.

Now, yes, I recognize the need for impartial voters in the committee, but what end do we expect to reach by congregating a hodgepodge of affiliated college football members and random political and former military members?

Would your first thought be the rightful national champion? I doubt it, and mine sure isn’t.

The undertone here is still, and will always be, big business — “big” correlating to the name on the jersey, and “business” obviously correlating with the dollars and cents advertisers and universities are set to pocket following what will undoubtedly be the most watched college football games in history.

Sure, it all makes sense. Is it fair? I would argue that is still a step or two from the truth, but, hey, don’t take my word for it. Ask Marshall University, with a team that had run the gamut of the schedule set in front of them without a single blemish even though it can barely crack the top 25.

Ask the Boise State teams of years past that blew away the regular season, only to see the dreams of a national championship dashed on bowl selection day. That pill may still be lodged in their throats after beating BCS Bowl opponents multiple times when they “had no chance.”

This new playoff system was established to incite more equal competition, to let the little guy make it to the show, to place the best teams in college football, no matter their badging or budget, against one another and let them fight it out to the finish.

But as we grow closer and closer to the time of year that was supposed to make the biggest difference, we see the only difference is the construction of the trophy.