Even though it is practically guaranteed to go away, I still think College Football can survive (and even continue to thrive) without a playoff and with a system like the BCS determining who plays for the national championship.
You’ll notice I said “like the BCS” and not “using the BCS”. As much of an anti-playoff guy as I am, I will freely admit that the BCS is a flawed creation. Somewhere it was allowed to move away from the original focus (pitting #1 vs. #2 in a “true” National Championship game) to a controversial and convoluted system for determining which teams get to play in the four most prestigious bowl games (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta) along with the title game. Add in the complex and ever-changing BCS formula, which seemed to encounter a bizarre one-off scenario every year, and you have a recipe for disgust and an easy target for fan (and media) outrage.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. It is possible to determine a college football national champion fairly, without a 4, 8, or 16 team playoff that takes focus (and importance) away from the greatest – and most meaningful – regular season in sports. All it would take is three simple steps: