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2011 College Football Bracketology

Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:57 pm

Welcome to the ultimate in "What If?" I am a fervent hater of the BCS and therefore have taken it upon myself to fix the problem. (NCAA I hope you're reading!) The plan is simple: take 16 teams and have a playoff. These 16 teams would be all 11 conference champions and 5 at large teams. The rest of the teams can still participate in their bowl games, which are (except for the revenue generated) already meaningless. 

Now some rules: 1) Each conference can only have a maximum of 3 schools represented. 2) No two schools from the same conference can play each other before the National Semifinals. 3) The first round will be played at the home field of the higher seed, the quarterfinals at the current BCS bowl stadiums, and the Semifinals and Finals at a rotating site of those 4 stadiums.

My current projection would be:

1) Oklahoma (Big 12)
16) Troy (Sun Belt)
8) Florida St. (ACC)
9) Wisconsin (At large-Big 10)
5) LSU (At large-SEC)
12) West Virginia (Big East)
4) Oregon (Pac-12)
13) Houston (C-USA)
3) Boise St. (MWC)
14) Northern Illinois (MAC)
6) Stanford (At large-Pac-12)
11) South Carolina (At large-SEC)
7) Nebraska (Big 10)
10) Texas A&M (At large-Big 12)
2) Alabama (SEC)
15) Hawaii (WAC)
Category: NCAAF

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:58 am

2011 College Football Bracketology

I am absolutely fine with all the existing bowl games being played (except for the Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta). I know that they generate a lot of revenue and allow some of the lesser known teams a chance to play on national television. But as a fan, I know that the championship cannot be decided that way. Think of how it would be in college basketball: the championship game would have been played by Ohio St. and Kansas, with UConn being in the equivalent of the Cotton Bowl and Butler the Humanitarian. We all love college basketball's tourney because of the unpredictability. If Boise deserves a shot at the championship (as so many people say every year), let them earn it on the field. Besides, what do computers know, anyway?

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:29 pm

2011 College Football Bracketology

Very interesting!  I like the idea but we'll never see it in our lifetimes (at least mine - I'm probably a little older than you). Wink  There's just too much money involved in the bowl games and, unfortunately, everything revolves around the money, whether we like it or not.  Any other rationale for not having a playoff system is BS.  If there was a way to incorporate the existing bowl games into an ncaa college football playoff, then there might be a chance for what you propose.

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