Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2013 CFB Predictions

It's that time of year again when every so-called expert opines about who will win which conference and, for the final year (Yay!), the BCS NCG winner.  So, I might as well join in on the bandwagon and throw some s**t up and see what sticks!

First, let's be honest. These are all WAG's (wild ass guesses) based on how a team did last year, how many returning starters they have coming back, their schedule (especially home/away), and assuming the stud players stay healthy.  Let's face it, if some teams lose their returning starting QB they could go from a team projected with 1 or 2 losses to 3 to 5 "L's" for the year.

American Athletic Conference (AAC): OK, really the old Big East, lol. A new 10 team alignment of some teams from the BE and CUSA.  Without a doubt the champion will be Louisville.  They have a solid team, a great QB in Teddy Bridgewater (Heisman hype has already begin) and a coach in Charlie Strong who knows what he's doing.  They can go undefeated, but we all know a 1-loss team from a power conference will get the votes to go to the BCS NCG before any undefeated team from this little sister conference.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC):  This will be a battle between Clemson & Florida State who are both in the same Atlantic Division.  Whoever wins this division will beat any team from the Coastal Division, where I like Miami ("The U"). I'm going to pick Clemson in a coin flip because they host FSU.

Big 12:  With no conference championship game (only 10 teams in the B12) this places an emphasis on head to head games as I see four teams in the race: Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, & Oklahoma State.  Mack Brown has a ton of starters returning including QB David Ash, but can they put it together? I don't think so.  I like Oklahoma State based on the fact that they host both TCU and the Sooners.

Big 10: Buckeyes, period, end of story.  I don't think they go undefeated as many predict.  Two of their three toughest games are on the road, at Northwestern and, gulp, Michigan and the Big House.  We will learn alot about OSU in games 2 & 3 vs San Diego State and California. These are two teams that the Buckeyes have had trouble with in the near past and could have easily lost both of these recent games. I do see OSU playing Michigan two weeks in a row.

Mountain West:  Boise State will take the Mountain Division and I like Fresno State to win the West Division.  Based on the home/away schedules I have the Bulldogs with a better record. But a championship game puzzles me... it's a coin flip really, but I know Coach Pete will have his team ready and will take this game.

SEC:  Bama & Georgia in the Championship game... in Atlanta.  I've loved Mark Richt for years, but no one in CFB prepares a team better than Nick Saban. Roll Tide, Bama wins the SEC again.

Pac12:  Last because this is where my heart is. I grew up on Keith Jackson calling old Pac8 games on ABC every Saturday afternoon. "Whoa Nellie!"

North Division:  First and foremost, anyone who says Washington is a dark horse to win the division is an idiot.  Having lived in Seattle one year during football season I know first hand how passionate Husky fans are. Sark has had plenty of time recruiting, preparing, coaching his team yet he under performs every year. 7-6 will get him fired this year. Go to Vegas with that.

Seriously, the division, and conference championship, all comes down to Stanfurd and Oregon on Thursday, November 7th on national tv.  The only real question is how many 'Furd students show up because they have classes the next day.  I have the Card beating Oregon and winning the North. And, as a long time Cal fan it makes me wanna puke. The only saving grace is the fact that some Oregon fans can be down right SEC obnoxious and trolls.

South Division:  I like UCLA over USC, and not just 'cuz I hate Kiffy and USC.  SC has a new QB, whoever it might be, and a new Def Coord.  UCLA has Brett Hundley coming back running the offense. But it doesn't matter... Stanfurd (or Oregon) will host the P12 CG and the baby bruins go down in defeat.

BCS Championship Game:  Alabama vs Stanfurd.  The Card is the only team in the nation who can play with the Tide for four quarters. Furds front seven is as good as Bama's if not better. While most everyone else has picked Bama I like the team with the funny band to win for a couple reasons. 1) No pressure to 3peat. 2) Game is on the west coast and Furd is familiar with the historic Rose Bowl.


And now a bit about my California Golden Bears:  Ah, the excitement of a new coaching staff, a new upbeat offense, and the many, many talented young players on the roster has to get all Bear fans on the edge of their seats. I know it does me!

I fully expect some growing pains with a new coach, Off & Def systems, etc etc, but one look at the schedule tells me one thing: it's going to be a long season.  Cal has the #1 toughest schedule according to LostLettermen.com, playing the most preseason Top 25 teams in all of the BCS conferences with 7, including our 2 OOC games vs Northwestern & Ohio State.  And the Bears 3 of the top 4 teams in tOSU, Oregon, & Stanfurd.  Do I expect to lose all 7 of those games? No.  Why? Shit happens. Players get injured, locker rooms divide, whatever, it happens all the time. See Cal Bears 2012.

I see it clearly as a rebuilding year in Year One of the Bear Raid era.  Coach Tedford & staff did a good job recruiting players and we have a talented roster.  Just imagine 2014... a Soph QB with a year under his belt, a stable of Jr WR's in Treggs, Harper & crew. And the same with the defense: Barr, Barton, McClure to name a few.

Am I resigned to a bad 2013 season? No. Why? Because we don't really know what we have yet.  Our OOC games will tell us more, and by the time we hit the Pac12 schedule we can all make better judgments. Heck, even the weasel Rick Neuheisel on the Pac12 Net said he was surprised at the talent on the Bears after attending a practice.

FYI: Cal will probably do great and surprise everyone to win the North and go to the Pac12CG. Why? Because I'll be on a beach in Mexico with no electricity that 1st weekend in December. What idiot plans a vacation the weekend of CFB's conference championship games? This dumbass, that's who. SMH...

Leave your comments & thoughts!

     Nor-Cal Scott

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Delete - yes, again

"What a long strange trip its been..." - The Grateful Dead

I totally blew it last football season. I tried to do a column each week on Sunday, but life got in the way. I had a few posts during the season, maybe 4 or 5.  Then at the end of the season I had several more dealing with the issue of Cal's Coach Tedford.

One column talked about where the Golden Bears program was, the direction it was heading, and my thoughts on what needed to be done. Another was on the announcement of Jeff Tedford's firing after 11 seasons in Berkeley. And the last was a plea to Boise State Coach Peterson to consider taking the Cal job.

Well, I got another wild hair up my caboose and deleted those posts from last season. I was disappointed in myself for the lack of consistency in writing a column.  No other reason that being lazy... no, really it was just forgetting to do it on Sunday. I was probably wrapped up in the 49er game.

So, with the start of the College Football season just 11 days away until the first games on Thursday night, I pledge to you, other CFB fans, that I will make a huge effort to write a weekly Sunday column.

And it is not just about Cal football, but all of CFB.  The Top 25, the best games of the weekend, the referee blunders, and the outstanding performances. Sure, I'll have more to say about Cal games, especially home games that I will be attending.

One thing I will be keeping a sharp eye on is the formation of the "College Football Play-Offs," or what I've seen in print as CFP.  We all hated the BCS for our various reasons, but how this "Committee" is formed is crucial to the integrity of crowing a true National Champion.

I have a background is sports writing, dating way back to my high school and college days.  I also spent years writing sales & marketing material for the small company I worked for in the corporate special events industry. I enjoy writing about things I am passionate about, so CFB is only a natural.

Please feel free to leave comments and let's have a dialogue throughout the season.

     Nor-Cal Scott
     

Friday, June 22, 2012

Conf's Agree & a Selection Committee

So this week will go down in the history of college football as a "landmark event" with the announcement that the Conference Commissioner's have reached an agreement on a Four Team Playoff.

Some details are still in the works, and this agreement still needs the vote & approval of the University Presidents before CFB fans can rejoice.

One of the key portions of this Playoff agreement is how the four teams are selected.  Similar to March Madness the Grand Pooba's have decided upon a "Selection Committee."  While few details have really been released, bits & pieces have.  It sounds like this committee will be larger than the hoops committee, and be represented equally by all conferences. Another part is that most, if not all, committee members will be former AD's, coaches, & players.

Hmmm, where have we read a very similar idea?  That's right, here: http://nor-calscott.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-team-playoff-8-team-playoff.html  read the last part of item #3.

"I think [a football committee] might be a little bit larger, just because you have a situation where there will be lot of recusals," said Delany. "Individuals that get appointed to a conference, if their conference is involved in the discussion process, will have to have a significant recusal process. I don't think you can be left after the recusal with too small a number. I don't know what the number is, but I don't think it's nine or 10."

To me, that is great news.  Due to how members will have to not participate in talks about schools from their conferences (AD's or Conf Commish) the size needs to be about 25 IMO. Fair & equal representation is the most important part of this committee idea.  And so is transparency, which has been mentioned.  Knowing how these power brokers work, I'm sure the committee won't be as big as I hope, but if the fans, coaches, AD's, and Univ Presidents can actually see who each member voted for (ie: ranked Top 4) it will give everyone more confidence that everything is done right.

Let's admit it, CFB fans currently have a distrust of "the system."  But you never hear too much complaining for March Madness, now with over 64 teams (with the silly multiple play-in games).  Of course, this leads me back to my premise that four teams is simply not enough.  Hopefully this is just 'Step 1" of a plan to expand a college football playoffs to 8 Teams.  Seriously, just wait for this system to be put in place and the listen for the uproar from team #5.  Granted, with my plan you can say the same thing with team #9, but at least we have doubled the amount of teams.  And how much difference is there between team #4 and 5, or #4 and 7?

I await the details of the Selection Committee to be released, because this is a very critical part of the entire playoff idea.

From SI's Stewart Mandel's column:  "The commissioners also intend to reward teams that schedule challenging nonconference games rather than playing eight home games and loading up on cupcakes.

And, as departing Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said Wednesday: "[What] we're going to do is reclaim New Year's Day and New Year's Eve for college football. These are [going to be] the games you can't miss."

Surely any right-minded college football fan will be elated about all of that."

Mandel is one of my Top 4 CFB writers. You can read his entire column here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/stewart_mandel/06/21/college-football-playoff-selection-committee/index.html#ixzz1yXbMSHw6

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A CFB Playoff... More Talk

It has been five months since the BCS NCG and talks of a true college football playoff has picked up during the past few months. 

Currently, a four team playoff is the scenario with the best chance of becoming a reality.  However, the four "Power Conferences" (SEC, Pac12, BigXII, Big10) can not agree upon which format to select the four teams: a ranked top four, conference champions only, a selection committee (ala March Madness) which, etc.

Each conference has their own reason(s) for there stance. Obviously the SEC does not like the "Champions Only" idea because they traditionally have more than one team in the top four. The Big10 likes the that scenario because it guarantees them a spot in the playoffs.  Right now it looks like a power struggle between conference commissioners Mike Slive (SEC) & Jim Delany (B10).

In my opinion, this shows the problem with only a four team playoff.  Seriously, how much of a gap is there between the #3 & #5 teams?  Or #4 & #6?  With ony four teams the playoff is too narrow.  Imagine March Madness starting with only a "Sweet 16."  Where would be the Cinderella stories?  And don't tell me Butler would ever make the Top 16 before they made their two year run.

This is why I still believe college football needs an EIGHT TEAM PLAYOFF.  Let me review my brief idea:

1. Blow up the BCS. Reorganize & change the name. BCS has a bitter taste to most CFB fans.

2. With all of the recent & on-going realignment ALL conferences must play 9 conference games & only 3 OOC games. Only 1 OOC game can be a FCS school. This is called the Cupcake Rule. There are no AQ or non-AQ conferences. Schools like TCU, Boise, Houston, etc all have a fair shot at landing in the playoff no matter what conference.

3. Expand the AP voters to include more media members: national columnists, beat writers, CFB TV guys. Eliminate the Coaches Poll for two reasons: 1) most coaches don’t fill out their poll, & 2) there is too much politics in placing teams in your conference higher than a team which is obviously better. To replace the Coaches Poll create a new group consisting of former a wide variety of former coaches, ad’s, & maybe players. This is basically what former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden talked about this past week. This group of 100 people could also be a paid group. Give this group access to online live streaming video of all games, and videos of all games played that weekend. This allows the person to watch games, review highlights, etc of all the games they would like to see.

4. At end of season use the AP, my new group, and the computer polls to set a final ranking of 1-25 to seed the Top 8 for a playoff.

5. Use the existing 4 big bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange) as sites for playoff games of 1vs8, 2vs7, 3vs6, 4vs5. Seeding games will rotate between sites. Winners advance to 2 Semi Finals game (neutral site games), then winners advance to the undisputed National Championship Game. Another idea is to play the first round games at some of the other bowl's in mid-December, and use the 4 Big Bowls for the 2 semi games (rotate every other year), and then the NCG two weeks later.

Note that in this scenario that the two teams who play in the NCG will only play two additional games as teams do now. With 3-4 weeks off in December players bodies can handle this fine.

I know this is short, but hopefully simple enough to understand. I have taken what we have, tweaked it to improve it, and added a simple 8 team playoff using the four traditional bowl sites.

And let's not forget how much money can be made for universities athletic departments, conferences,etc.

ONLY 80 Days until Sept 1st and "Kickoff Saturday"!

     Nor-Cal Scott

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

California Memorial Stadium Tour

As a season ticket holder for Cal football I received an email about an upcoming preview tour of the "new & improved" California Memorial Stadium. I instantly shot back an email saying I'd like to RSVP. I attended on Wed 5/30.

Once at the new adjoining Simpson Center for Student Athlete High Performance we (about 25-30 guests) were brought to a large conference style room, I'd guess about 100 X 60. It was obvious this was not only a preview tour but an opportunity to upgrade to the fancy high roller ESP donor seats. I was pre-qualified very well by a staff member asking me “if I intended to upgrade." I laughed a bit and told her that my priorities were to get my two kids through college first.

The Athletic Department Sales Staff did a wonderful job presenting the material about ESP seats, dispelling many myths, and breaking down how the price structure was set (based on 2010 pricing basically). The ESP seating includes three sections: Field Club- standard stadium chairs in the lower levels, Stadium Club- a padded chair with an extra inch wide, and the University Club- a luxury seat, even wider, and leather. Alicia (a former Cal swimmer) & Justin were the two point people of the day, but I did have great conversations with Valerie (former Cal softball), and “my” rep Kevin who has assisted me over the years.

We had a chance to sample some of the food that will be offered at the new & improved concession stands. It was 4pm and I wasn't really that hungry but I did grab a half a Sausage-Dog of some sort, Waffle Fries, and a really yummy Tri-Tip appetizer type of thing. They will also be offering Sushi and more upscale food ala AT&T. They also had ice cream bars, and a slushy type of icee drink.

A pleasant surprise was a short chat with our beloved AD Sandy Barbour. I've seen her at games, heard her on TV, and we even swap tweets now and then, but Sandy really impressed me. She has a dynamic personality with a genuine feel. She talked about the need for getting the stadium remodeled upon her arrival in Berkeley. Sandy explained she had experience in fund raising, facilities management, etc. Then she deadpanned, "But the one thing I didn't have was experience with tree sitters." This statement received both laughs & applause from the guests.

The Tour:

My photos of the tour are available to look at here: http://s1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii595/norcalscott2/ They’re nothing great but I did want to share with fellow Bear fans.

Considering the stage of construction we had to really visualize what things will look like come September 1st and the first game vs. Nevada. Some areas, like the main concourse, were more completed than the three ESP levels & their respective private club rooms. One thing is for sure, it is going to be awesome. We were told that in the main concourse the area is 3 to 4 times as wide! And it looks like it! The concourse has bright blue (almost a royal hue) tile in the customer service areas like concessions & restrooms.

One area that has fascinated me is the grass plaza area that doubles as the roof for the Simpson Center, the Student-Athlete High Performance Center. We learned that on game days this will be a ticketed area so only ticket holders will have access to the plaza. It consists of lush green grass and what looked like a combination of pavers & concrete. I did not get to ask the question, but I wonder if ticket holders will be able to bring in food to basically picnic in the plaza.

For me the highlight of the tour was being in the University Club room area. We were taken to the backside and out to the new overlook area. This overlook area looks out over the campus with a great view of the Campanile. Views of downtown Oakland & San Francisco filled the horizon. It was breathtaking. The most unique thing we were told is that the floor will be made of tempered glass, allowing the Richie-Rich Donor to look down below.

We all know that with this major renovation CMS will lose about 10,000 seats, about 1/7th of its former capacity. We learned that with the expanded leg room and various seat widths of the three levels of ESP seating this is where most of the seats were lost. While a better explanation could not be given, some seats were lost in the other 2/3rds of the stadium where the renovations took place. Due to new wider concourse tunnels and new ADA seating accounted for this. Just by looking around it was fairly obvious to me that the new concourse tunnels have also been moved slightly in most areas, and they looked slightly higher too. These tunnels are also much wider, and no longer have steps but small ramps. The ramps double as entry to the ADA seats.

My Disappointment:

This tour could have been so much better. Yes, the main intent was to upsell season ticket holders to ESP seats, but even a quick 15 minutes through the Simpson Center would have been a nice added bonus. From the large room were we gathered and watched the power point, heard the sales pitch, and heard Sandy speak we could look through the glass wall down two floors into the expansive training facility. Tons of weight machines, racks, treadmills, etc etc. I've seen photos of this room via the Bear Blog and even on twitter from various current & former players, but this training area looked awesome! As a former jock myself I would have loved to walk through and see what else was there. Plus just to see other areas for the student-athletes: dining hall, trainer’s rooms, coaches offices. I want to see it all! If Cal wants alumni & donors to increase their annual giving they need to show off these new facilities. I’m sure it costs a pretty penny to run & maintain the new Simpson Center.

My Prediction:

Without a doubt Cal has done a complete 180 degree turn in the type of facilities our student-athletes have at their access. The stadium & Simpson Center now match the academic reputation of the University of California as the #1 public university in the world. I believe that these facilities will have a positive impact not only on recruiting for the future, but inspire current student-athletes to push a little harder, to do that extra set of reps, or even stay a little bit longer in a trainer’s room getting treatment simply because the facilities are inviting & beautiful. While it is hard to predict how the renovations will impact season ticket sales we were told that about 70% of the regular bench seating is sold. I did read a tweet yesterday (Mon 6/4) from one sales staffer saying that the phones were ringing off the hook for new season ticket sales.

A giant "THANK YOU" goes out to Sandy Barbour for her hard work & leadership. Kudos to the many behind the scenes staff members who solicited funds from alumni & boosters to make this dream a reality. And a special nod to the Judge who kicked out the damn tree sitters!

GO BEARS!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Finally! The BCS Talks PLAYOFFS!

Well, this week history has been made. The BCS Cartel has finally came out and publicly said that they are looking into possible playoff scenarios.

On the table is the "Plus One" and a 4-Team Playoff. Great! Just the fact that the BCS is talking with Conference Commissioners, TV Execs, & Power Brokers is a step in the right direction. The fact is that College Football Fans do not like the current system and want (read as: demand) a playoff system.

There are a list of Pros & Cons for each different playoff idea. We, CFB fans, will have a million different opinions about things like "should games be played at neutral sites or at the home stadium of the higher ranked team?"

I'm was not surprised to read that "brain trust" of college football still believes that an 8-team playoff is not the way to go. I strongly believe it is, you can read my opinion and plan in my earlier posts. Perhaps they do not want to admit it and say it, but perhaps they do like the idea of an 8-team playoff but they want to test drive a 4-team playoff for a few years first to work out any bugs. I'm trying to stay positive.

A 4-team playoff is simply too small. What is the difference between the #4 team and maybe the #6 team? Margin of victory, style points, or worse, a "signature win?"

Since the BCS moves at the speed of a low & slow pig on the barbeque at an SEC tailgater (that's for you Andy Staples of SI) we will not see any changes until probably 2014 at the earliest.

I'm looking forward to change. Any change. Once the BCS goes for the 4-team playoff it will only be a couple more years until they expand it to 8-teams, IMHO. The fans will be screaming for it.

Only 156 days until KICKOFF SATURDAY on 9-1-12!

Nor-Cal Scott

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

4-team Playoff? 8-team Playoff?

Fast forward two months since my last blog post. What’s changed? Nothing. The BCS system proved to be flawed once again. Fans & media alike believe there is room for improvement.

This week the three-yards and a cloud of dust Big Ten proposed a 4-team playoff, something that the SEC & ACC did four years ago. I guess this is Big10’s Jim Delaney’s attempt at not being former BigXII Commish Dan Bebee.

One of my favorite college football writers, Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, outlines the pros & cons of a 4-team playoff here: http://bit.ly/AqJOX7

I still believe that an 8-team Playoff is best for CFB. It allows for the Top 8 teams to participate, instead of only four. Let’s admit it; the margin between the tops teams is usually not very much. What makes one team #4 and another #6? Margin of victory? Style points? Out-Of-Conference Schedule? Again, not much.

Let me review my plan for an 8-team Playoff:

Below is my simple playoff solution tweaking what we have & improving upon it. It will level the playing field for everyone, and if your team is good enough you have a fair shot at the National Title. This will also generate a ton more money to be shared upon the playoff teams, and all conferences & schools.

1. Blow up the BCS. Reorganize & change the name. BCS has a bitter taste to most CFB fans.

2. With all of the recent & on-going realignment ALL conferences must play 9 conference games & only 3 OOC games. Only 1 OOC game can be a FCS school. This is called the Cupcake Rule. There are no AQ or non-AQ conferences. Schools like TCU, Boise, Houston, etc all have a fair shot at landing in the playoff no matter what conference.

3. Note: this has been tweaked since my 12/2011 post. Expand the AP voters to include more media members: national columnists, beat writers, cfb tv guys. Eliminate the Coaches Poll for two reasons: 1) most coaches don’t fill out their poll, & 2) there is too much politics in placing teams in your conference higher than a team which is obviously better. To replace the Coaches Poll create a new group consisting of former a wide variety of former coaches, ad’s, & maybe players. This group of 50-100 people could also be a paid group. Give this group access to online live streaming video of all games, and videos of all games played that weekend. This allows the person to watch games, review highlights, etc of all the games they would like to see.

4. At end of season use the AP, my new group, and the computer polls to set a final ranking of 1-25 to seed the Top 8 for a playoff.

5. Use the existing 4 big bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange) as sites for playoff games of 1vs8, 2vs7, 3vs6, 4vs5. Seeding games will rotate between sites. Winners advance to 2 Semi Finals game (neutral site games), then winners advance to the undisputed National Championship Game.

Note that in this scenario that the two teams who play in the NCG will only play two additional games as teams do now. With four weeks off in December players bodies can handle this fine.

I know this is short, but hopefully simple enough to understand. I have taken what we have, tweaked it to improve it, and added a simple 8 team playoff using the four traditional bowl sites.

Finally, if you have not read the book, "Death to the BCS" I highly recommend that you do so soon. It discusses the winners & losers of this flawed system, and shows several money trails. It also outlines the benefits of a playoff system, and its giant financial reward for college football.

Best Wishes College Football Fans!

Scott

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The BCS Mess: My Idea For The Future

After watching the BCS Poll Show on ESPN on Sunday night I had several reactions: Why?

1. Why did the voters want to see a rematch in the BCS NCG? LSU & Bama have already played this season in the supposed "Game of the Century." A whopping 9-6 slugfest won by LSU in Tuscaloosa.

2. Why would voters want to see two teams from the SAME conference division, the SEC West? Bama did not win the division, let alone the conference, yet they now qualify for the NCG? Many are saying they two best teams in America. But how do we know that? Bama had their chance to beat LSU and they failed, at home. Why not give Oklahoma State a chance? They had one "tragedy" loss in 2OT on the road. I would much rather watch this game.

3. This year, more than ever, we can see how the BCS System has failed. With the other BCS Bowls teams were selected not because they were in the Top 8 or Top 10, but because their teams fan base travels to bowl games in mass. Translation: money. While I think Michigan is a great story this year they do not deserve a spot. But their fans will buy game tickets & fill hotel rooms. So, we have to ask ourselves; What is the purpose of the full BCS? To get the best possible matchups for the games or to fill cities like Tempe, Miami, Pasadena & New Orleans?

The past two days I've read tons of columns, blogs, etc on this fiasco covering many points of views on the above subjects. One thing is crystal clear: The BCS needs to be dismantled. A new system needs to developed.

Below is my simple playoff solution tweaking what we have & improving upon it. It will level the playing field for everyone, and if your team is good enough you have a fair share at a shot at the National Title. This will also generate a ton more money to be shared upon the playoff teams, and all conferences & schools.

1. Blow up the BCS. Reorganize & change the name. BCS has a bitter taste to most CFB fans.

2. All conferences must play 9 conference games & only 3 OOC games. Only 1 OOC game can be a FCS school. This is called the Cupcake Rule. There are no AQ or non-AQ conferences.

3. Expand the AP voters to include more media members: national columnists, beat writers, cfb tv guys. Eliminate the Coaches Poll & create a new group of 100(?) former AD's, players, & coaches who have the time to keep up with the national scene. Pay them a seasonal salary of say $15,000. Give them access to game video online for all games so they can actually watch the games & highlights.

4. At end of season use the final poll to seed the Top 8 for a playoff.

5. Use the existing 4 big bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange) as sites for playoff games of 1vs8, 2vs7, 3vs6, 4vs5. Seeding games will rotate between sites. Winners advance to 2 Semi Finals game (neutral site games), then winners advance to the undisputed National Championship Game.

Note that in this scenario that the two teams who play in the NCG will only play two additional games as we do now. With four week off in December their bodies can handle this fine.

I know this is short, but hopefully simple enough to understand. I have taken what we have, tweaked it to improve it, and added a simple 8 team playoff using the four traditional bowl sites.

Finally, if you have not read the book, "Death to the BCS" I highly recommend that you do so soon. It discusses the winners & losers of this flawed system, and shows several money trails. It also outlines the benefits of a playoff system, and its giant financial reward for college football.

Thanks for reading!

Nor-Cal Scott