This college football season has been long-awaited.
It marks the end of the Bowl Championship Series era and the beginning of the college football playoff.
The best way to crown a champion in any sport is to have a playoff. A novel concept if there ever was one, and Division I football is finally getting a playoff system in the books.
At least the I-AA ranks figured this out eons ago.
This season will be the most exciting, most daunting and likely most controversial season since the infancy of the BCS era. But just think about it--before then, fans had to rely on the votes of writers (because, you know, we have our fingers on the pulse of the entire scope of college football from Day 1) and coaches (who, unless their team is one of the remaining undefeated teams in the country will likely only vote for themselves).
No playoff system, no computers mucking up who should play in the one championship game that is almost always disputed among fans (remember LSU-Alabama?), none of that will happen this season.
Wait, what am I saying ... of course we will!
Unless there are four teams that go undefeated and win their conference, there WILL be an upheaval about who should be in, out and undeserved by the time the playoffs get started.
The top four of the preseason Associated Press poll leaves a little imagination as to which schools could be in the four-team playoff by December. All four are from separate conferences, which helps, and all four have been close to or have won a national title in the past five seasons.
All four also have a chance at being undefeated, which would wrap a nice little bow around everything for the first season of the playoff system.
But even nice bowties on a present for Christmas come with some work behind it. The constant shopping, the over-abundant spending, the need to make everything look pretty even though you slaved over it for hours.
That’s what the playoff will come to when the final vote gets in.
A nice-looking present on the outside filled with grass, dirt, blood and sweat on the inside.
But hey, at least major college football fans finally got something they wanted.
That is, until they open the present.