Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For College Playoff, Resolution Is the Name of the Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For College Playoff, Resolution Is the Name of the Game

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And so we now have a college football playoff.

It will be called -- are you ready for this? -- The College Football Playoff. Scratch the drum roll.

I guess Son of BCS was taken.

What the new name lacks in imagination, it makes up for in lack of subtlety. That was the choice from three dozen possibilities. Kind of hate to hear the runners-up.

At least we know what we're getting.

And aren't most of us glad that we're finally getting the following: Resolution. Clarity. Finality. Fairness. A winner on the field. And loads of drama. Think NCAA basketball tournament packed into three games.

As playoff administrator Bill Hancock put it Tuesday night, this should "settle it on the field once and for all." He got the once part right. What took you so long? Too bad they're a few decades too late. We'll never know if Boise could have run the table and won it all in 2006. Tommy Tuberville may be happier in Cincinnati than in Lubbock, but not as happy as he would have been if his 13-0 Auburn Tigers in 2004 could have gone 14-0. And Joe Paterno might have had a shot in 1969 even if he hadn't taken undefeated Penn State to the Orange Bowl instead of another bowl in, say, the Southwest region.

But a college football playoff's on our doorstep, and in just over 20 months, we'll be celebrating the arrival of The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, which come to think of it would be a better name for the playoff than the vanilla choice they made. Hancock called the label "nothing cute, nothing fancy." He's right on that. Guess they'll also award The Trophy rather than the crystal ball.

But in truth, by any other name, a college football playoff is still welcome relief from the BCS chaos that omitted strength of schedule and margin of victory as hardcore components, something the CFP will fix.

On the first day of their meetings in Pasadena, Calif., the good folks who run the sport gave us a title and a potential logo. Yet to come are the inaugural site, the size and identity of the selection committee and the distribution of the revenue estimated at almost half a billion dollars a year.

And fans will have a say. …

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