Fisher cautious about new college football playoff

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: January 7, 2014
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher remembers a time when winning the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl made for a great season for a college football team.

He's concerned a move to a playoff will further diminish what used to be a significant accomplishment.

"When I was a child, I remember who won the Sugar Bowl, who won the Orange Bowl, who won the Cotton Bowl, who won the Rose Bowl. It was a big deal to go. We act like that's not a big deal now," Fisher said Tuesday. "That's one of the great things you have in college football. We're so involved in winning a championship that we're forgetting the tradition and history of doing things."

Fisher and the Seminoles (14-0) won the BCS championship game on Monday night, beating Auburn 34-31.

Next season the Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff, which will put the top four teams as chosen by a selection committee into two semifinals played on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. The winners will play for the national championship about a week later.

"And how many times was the BCS ever wrong? How many times did they ever get it wrong at the end? We've still got the same problem. You're going to argue over who's four and five or who's two and three. What's the difference?" Fisher said.

He said the physical toll of playing major college football is greater than at the sport's lower levels, where playoffs can extend the season to 16 games for teams that play in the final game.