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