Greenstein: Big Ten’s Plan For A Playoff System Is ‘Incredible’
Sports Fan Insider
(WSCR) It’s a debate that has gone nowhere for years: should college football use a playoff system or the bowl system?
Until recently, it appeared a foregone conclusion that the BCS system would remain king. That is, until a Chicago Tribune report from Teddy Greenstein that said the Big Ten would be open to creating a four-team playoff system.
Greenstein joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to discuss the possibility.
“It is kind of incredible,” Greenstein said. “Jim Delany, for a long time, has been viewed as the axis of obstruction as Sports Illustrated’s Austin Murphy put it. This is a new time for the Big Ten. Everyone one who loves college football hates the fact that once Dec. 4 and 5 rolls around, for the next week, everybody talks about how much they hate the system and how sick and tired they are of it this way.”
LISTEN: Teddy Greenstein on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
According to Greenstein’s report, the Big Ten’s idea involves removing the top four teams from the BCS standings and having them play a semifinals game with the highest seed earning home-field advantage. The winner of each game would then meet for the National Championship game in a neutral location.
“The Big Ten is looking at it this way: If a playoff doesn’t come out of this next round of negotiations, don’t blame them,” Greenstein said. “They’ve got an idea. Their idea is one that will protect Big Ten teams if they ever become a No. 1 or 2 seed, so they’d actually be able to host games.”