Football coach, players hesitant of using playoff system
By Tabby Soignier The Daily Reveille

October 19, 2006

Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- The Bowl Championship Series revealed its initial rankings Sunday for this season.

After two losses this season, LSU is ranked No. 18 - the highest of any team with as many defeats.

With seven undefeated teams and 10 teams with only one loss in front of the Tigers, LSU's chances of a BCS bowl bid may be out of the question.

Teams in the National Football League and even high school would most likely be content with a two-loss season, knowing that it takes a far worse record to ruin a chance at contending for not only runner-up bowl games but also for a chance of making a championship game.

The difference is playoffs. The NFL uses the system to determine who goes to the Super Bowl. High school football even gives a chance to the top-32 teams in a district drawing up a bracket and narrowing it down to two teams in five weeks.

If college football would adopt the system, the Tigers may still have hope of getting a chance to prove they are National Championship material after two tough Southeastern Conference losses to Auburn University and the University of Florida.

Regardless of the advantages a playoff system could give the Tigers now, several LSU players and staff said they are still hesitant to be completely in favor of playoffs.

"The playoff system certainly has merit as you can see in any level," LSU football coach Les Miles said. "I'd have to see the format. I don't want to minimize certain bowls. The tradition of bowls for not only your team but your fan base that goes to places to celebrate the bowl site and enjoy college football - I don't want to minimize that. I guess what I'm saying to you is if the two systems work hand in hand, I'd be for that."

While Miles is skeptical of the playoff system for his own reasons, the players said they are more worried about their bodies giving out with the additional post-season games.

"That would be so many games, and that would be really tough on peoples' bodies," junior running back Jacob Hester said. "You'd probably have to cut it down to 10 games then have a three game playoff system."

Hester added that with the disadvantages he could find some advantages as well.

"You couldn't have 12 to 13 games, and you'd probably have to do away with the conference championships," Hester said. "But it would give the best team a shot to win - that's for sure. I'd like that."

The BCS rankings has put some one-loss teams ahead of undefeated teams.

"You never know with the computer what they're going to do," Hester said. "They got Auburn ahead of West Virginia and Louisville, and they are both undefeated, so you never know what the computers are doing or what they're going to put out."

Trusting and controlling the computer may be out of the Tigers' hands, therefore sophomore defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey said the team can only regulate what is in its control.

"We have to come out and control what we can control," Dorsey said. "I can't really say [if the computer is fair] you just have to come out and play hard."

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