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March Madness Tournament versus College Football Playoffs

Tis the season for “Bracket Busta’s” predicting the outcome of March Madness Photo credit: Thomas Gallegos

March Madness


March Madness is one of the craziest times of every year. This is where devoted fans, average fans and non-viewers, of college basketball, come together to partake in this yearly ritual.

Various teams and fans across the nation anxiously wait to hear their programs selection, including reactions to those selections.

March Madness is magnified because tournament brackets makes it much sweeter, generating a lot of commotion and debate around the world.

Last year, American billionaire tycoon Warren Buffet caused a frenzy when he offered $1 billion to whoever completed a perfect bracket.

Was I one of the people who tried to win the $1 billion? Of course I was. It’s $1 billion on the line. Why not try to win? Though Buffet is dropping the challenge this year, it’s just one of the engaging events adding the Madness to March.

Challenges like Buffet’s are exactly what college football is lacking in generating global interest.

Every year, during March Madness season, there’s always backlash. Spectators criticize the process, lobbying for teams they think were snubbed from the field of 68. Usually, making their case why a specific team should have made it over another. These debates add to the aura surrounding the tournament and is specifically why we love it.

Despite the success of the first ever College Football playoffs, the one important factor College Basketball has in its favor v the playoffs is their overall process. The BCS system was tremendously flawed, so the NCAA revised it to this four system playoffs we have now. Four teams already seems to minimal and they will eventually progress to more.

This is exactly College Football’s problem, they have no stable system satisfying to their audience or themselves. March Madness, on the other hand, is treated like a holiday where people get together to celebrate and enjoy the ride of a stable postseason system and the unpredictability the games produce.

This process begins with Selection Sunday.

So, turn on your television, get some snacks, fill out your brackets and enjoy, because the tournament we all love is finally here.

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College Football Playoff


The NCAA loves the revenue monster that March Madness is, making a 3 week long spectacle of college basketball and the tournament itself. Viewership of March Madness has become a sequence of basketball consumption from daily, average, and fair weather fans, almost in the same fashion as the Super Bowl.

With the new College Football Playoff format, College football fans are now consumed by the same selection committee process that has morphed College Basketball’s final month before tournament time.

Programs on the bubble or clinching playoff berths with conference championship upsets will likely become the norm in college football just like it has for basketball.

With the weekly update show for the selection committees top 25 teams, College football fans were left each week debating and questioning the top four teams the committee saw suitable for the first ever playoff.

The process would really be pressed under mixed reaction following the leap frogging of Ohio State over TCU and Baylor.

For TCU and Baylor fans, missing out on the opportunity to compete and play for the national championship was no doubt heartbreaking, and for Ohio State, the opportunity would eventually prove to be well deserved, outclassing both Alabama and Oregon on their way to becoming the first ever College football Playoff Championship.

With the four team playoff being so successful for both the schools and NCAA, it’s only a matter of time until the bracket is expanded to six and possibly eight teams.

The College Football Playoff only needed one season to generate the same amount of hype that engulfs March Madness, and will only become stronger as seasons go and teams are added.


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