ESPN: Jimbo Fisher: Tradition important
"When I was a child, I remember who won the Sugar Bowl, who won the Orange Bowl, who won the Cotton Bowl, who won the Rose Bowl," Fisher said Tuesday. "It was a big deal to go. We act like that's not a big deal now. That's one of the great things you have in college football. We're so involved in winning a championship that we're forgetting the tradition and history of doing things."
That's arbitrary to me in the first place, even if it wasn't considered as such 20-30 years ago. People overvalue bowl games. I still doesn't watch them, enjoy them, and it's a big deal for program like UCF and Boise when they make these games and win them. However, I don't think Bama would've thought "amazing season" if they had won the Sugar Bowl this year.
"And how many times was the BCS ever wrong?" Fisher said. "How many times did they ever get it wrong at the end? We've still got the same problem. You're going to argue over who's four and five or who's two and three. What's the difference?"
The new system will be wrong as well, it's still better than what we have IMO. I've said I wouldn't likely go further, but I'd like to see what happens here first.
He said the physical toll of playing major college football is greater than at the sport's lower levels, where playoffs can extend seasons to 16 games for teams that play for a championship.
That I agree with him on, also a lot more travel for the FBS teams than the FCS teams. I'm not saying a 16 team playoff couldn't be done at the FBS level but I believe this argument has validity. Besides which, I don't how banged up a team like Towson was from all the games they played.
Ultimately he actually does say he's fine with the playoff, I just don't subscribe to the devaluing the bowls, even though that is likely to happen. It actually already besides the Rose Bowl and even traditionalists are upset without the annual Big 10/Pac 10(now 12) matchup.