I don't see anything but positives coming out of the playoff for Division I college football. It is going to create a huge amount of revenue and I would like to see all 120 teams in major college football benefit from it in a significant way.
In addition to being head coach at Auburn, I coached teams at East Carolina and Wyoming and understand how important the extra money could be to those programs and ones like it. They certainly don't have the type of resources of the top 25 or 30 programs around the country, but this playoff system could go a long way, if they divide the revenue equally, to help make more programs more competitive.
What I am hearing is the revenue is not going to be divided equally because most of the money will be going to the major conferences. I can certainly understand why leagues like the SEC want the system to work that way, but if they want to do something to benefit college football as a whole they ought to consider giving every Division I program a significant share of the playoff revenue.
I know that plan would not be popular with the athletic administrators at Auburn and other SEC schools, but it would be real popular to the teams at the bottom tier of Division I that are looking up and trying to find a way grow.
While I was excited about the news that major college football is moving to a four-team playoff, I was a little disappointed that they are not being conducted independent of the bowl system. However, the good thing is just the two semi-final games will be run in conjunction with bowls while the championship game will be handled separately with cities bidding for the right to be the host.
Since the playoff isn't going to implemented until the 2014 season there is still time to think about bidding out the two semi-final games and handling it the same way the championship game is being done. I believe it will create a lot more revenue for college football doing it that way.
The bowls have done a lot for college football and I don't think that will change. There is no reason they can't continue to prosper because I believe there will be plenty of outstanding teams from around the country to fill those spots. I don't see the playoff having a major impact on the bowls one way or the other. The exception will be the two that will be the host sites for the semi-final playoff games.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.