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OUR VIEW: New format will provide better way to determine football titles

The best thing that came from Monday night's boring NCAA football championship game was the thought that the current format has nearly run its course. Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-14 in the title game. The matchup was created by pollsters and computers, not by actual accomplishment on the field. That's a travesty and we can hardly wait for January 2015, when an actual tournament -- albeit a small one -- will decide the nation's best football team. Were Notre Dame and Alabama truly the best two programs in the nation this year? It sure looked as though Alabama was, even though the Crimson Tide had one loss. In hindsight, we're not sure about Notre Dame.

The good news for Alabama was that its one loss this season occurred long enough ago that the team was still able to claw its way back upward in the polls and "earn" a spot in the championship.

Had that loss happened later in the year, it's unlikely Alabama would have played for the title and considering the team's obvious talent, that would have been a travesty.

Why has the current bowl format continued in college football? Because there's money to be made. No other reason.

Some blame it on tradition, but that's nonsense.

There is no real tradition anymore in college football, which has seen its bowl season expanded ad infinitum (there were 35 bowl games this season) and its longtime conferences break up as schools scurry toward revenue like moths to a light bulb.

In January 2015, a four-team minitournament will determine the NCAA Division I football champ.

Just like everything in sports these days, expect the tournament to be expanded as years go on and as people realize that more money can be made with more games.

Either way, we'll be happy, since the new format will be a better way to determine college football's best team.