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NCAA Football Betting Tips – Hooray for the Playoffs!

Posted by Blake Frazier on 6/27/2012 5:38:09 PM

The entire online betting world was wondering exactly how much more pressure the NCAA could take. Lawsuits had been filed, the United States Congress opened an anti-trust investigation and the President of the United States himself implored the NCAA to put a playoff system into effect for football. Every other major college sport from baseball to ice hockey has a playoff system. The only sport that was resisting was football. At long last, the BCS finally relented and a college football playoff system will be in effect for the 2014 season.

It is actually a very simple set-up that the oversight committee has created. It is a standard playoff system that will consist of two rounds. In the first round, the number one ranked team plays the number four ranked team and the number two ranked team plays the number three ranked team. When those games are over, we will know which two teams will be battling for the national championship.

In reality, the college football betting world can understand where the BCS commissioners are coming from in their resistance to approve a playoff system. With so many teams vying for a national championship and only one team able to achieve championship status, the regular season games tended to mean more. In many cases, the two teams that wound up meeting in the national championship were often not decided until the last game or two of the season. That meant that every game, even the games involving top schools and smaller schools, meant something.

The playoff system is really not going to diminish the importance of regular season games as much as the BCS may think. Teams still need to make it into the top four of the BCS rankings to be allowed to compete for a title. If anything, this new system will create a free for all for those last two playoff spots that could result in some very memorable games.

The sites for the playoff games will rotate between the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has been trying to raise its profile lately and could wind up being the host to the new SEC and Big 12 championship game. But talks about including the Cotton Bowl in the BCS championship rotation are still going on and no one is really sure how those talks will turn out.

Now the wailing and gnashing of teeth can come to an end. We finally found out how much pressure is too much pressure for the NCAA and BCS. The online sportsbooks can now start putting together the new betting system for the national championship playoffs and take futures bets as soon as a 2013 National Champion is crowned. It will change college football forever, but may feel that it will be for the best.

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