It's the end of an era, and not one that came too soon.

Monday night, when Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston drove the length of the field and scored the game-winning touchdown to give the Seminoles their third national championship, college football took a turn for the best.

In their celebration, the 'Noles hoisted the crystal ball Coach's Trophy – the BCS National Championship trophy – into retirement and ushered in the new era of the College Football Playoff.

The relationship between the sport and the BCS, however, ended on good terms, delivering one of the best national championship games in its 16 year history (2005 Texas vs. USC still takes the cake).

Even during their final goodbye, tears weren't found in the eyes of any college football fan. While the BCS hasn't been as terrible a system as it was sometimes made out to be – can anyone really think of a championship game where the participants weren't deserving? – it certainly wasn't perfect.

And while the College Football Playoff probably won't be perfect – well, until it gets expanded to eight games anyway – it should be a better fit to take care of our beloved sport.

The reason for that, beyond the obvious math that four is better than two, is how exciting the possibility of having three championship-atmosphere games could be.

Take this season for example. The 1-4 matchup would've been Florida State vs. Michigan State. The 'Noles struggled mightily against a below average Auburn defense for 60 percent of the national title game. Imagine what could've happened against the Spartan defense, which was nationally acclaimed as the best in the country.

Then there is the 2-3 clash, an Iron Bowl rematch between destiny's team, the Auburn Tigers, and the vengeance-driven Alabama Crimson Tide. This contest would almost undoubtedly fall short of the miraculous finish that occurred only a few weeks prior, but when has the Iron Bowl ever let us down?

The answer is never.

And those four squads – no matter the combination – could produce a game as good as FSU-Auburn delivered Monday.

Most importantly, however, the new playoff system allows one last opportunity to weed out the pretenders from the contenders.

The 2012-13 destruction of Notre Dame against the Tide could've been avoided had the Oregon Ducks gotten a crack to eliminate the Irish before getting embarrassed on national television.

That scenario would've even provided us the Oregon-Alabama title game that everyone has been predicting for the majority of this past decade.

The BCS served us admirably for 16 seasons and the memories will never be forgotten, but it's finally time to move on and find something better.

College Football Playoff, it's now your time to win our hearts.

Troy Provost-Heron is a sophomore studying journalism and electronic media. he can be followed on Twitter @TPro_UTDB and reached at tprovost@utk.edu.