I'd definitely like to see the 16 team playoff system in place. I realize that the timing of the Division IAA playoff system is different, but with most of the dozens of IA bowl teams now playing as many as 14, or with a conference title game, 15 games per year, I can't believe that some accomodation can't be made for a playoff system. First of all, there's be fewer teams involved in the psot season (depending on whether any non-tourney bowl games survived). Second, most schools seasons would be shortened to 12 or, more likely, 11 games during the season. I don't see how the university presidents could complain about academics when the vast majority of student athletes at participating schools will have a shorter season and more time to study and attend class overall.
I don't buy the arguments about loss of tradition either. The only real tradition left in the college football bowl season, the Rose Bowl, has already been tossed aside for money. If we're going to roll back the clock pre-BCS and put the Big 12 champs in the Orange, the Big 10 and Pac 10 in the Rose, and the SEC champs in the Sugar, that's one thing. But it's not like there's any real tradition under the BCS system. The Big 10 folks still love the idea of the Rose Bowl, but I doubt the Ohio State fans are complaining right now. They'd much rather have one of the greatest games in history and an uncontested national title than a win over Washington State and a title split with Miami (or that's my guess anyway) with most pollsters and the media favoring Miami as the "real" champs. If we're not gonna go backward, we ought to go forward. The BCS has done it's job of matching up 1 and 2 reasonably well. But several of the games have been duds because a hair separates the #2 team that's on its way down (sadly for me that seems to be FSU most of the time) or the #3 squad with the same or similar record that has a fighting chance (Miami, Oregon). If we move forward to a playoff system, I think we're more likely to get better title games year in and year out. More importantly, we won't have so many lackluster "locked-in" lower tier bowls where the underdog wins by a landslide because the other team could care less. I'm not making excuses for the losers, in fact I'm happy with most of the major bowl upsets, but I can't imagine that Oregon was at all excited about taking a relatively short trip to Seattle to play Wake Forest. Same goes for Tennessee playing Maryland, nor Notre Dame playing NC State. Unless you were itching to see some major programs take a beating, most of these bowl games stunk. In a playoff system, barring some unbelievable locker room problems, every team would give its all in every game. Imagine a bowl season where every game had title implications and every game was played with total heart. That's what we're missing out on.