Why no playoff in big-time college football? Talk to college presidents or chancellors — the people who have the ultimate say in the matter — and they'll tell you that a playoff would conflict with the academics of student-athletes.
If you believe that, I have land to sell you with a choice view of Chernobyl.
As Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes, many of the bowl games already cut deep into the academic calendar.
Twelve of the 14 teams playing in bowl games before Christmas had some kind of scheduling overlap with final exams and practices. Navy, which plays in Thursday's Poinsettia Bowl, had players practicing at 5:45 a.m. this week because final exams started at 7:55 a.m.
Brigham Young and Fresno State, which play Saturday in bowl games, had final exams Monday-Thursday of this week.
Bowl Championship Series title game participants Auburn and Oregon will have started their second semesters when they tee it up Jan. 10. Duck players will have missed a week of classes when the game starts.