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SEC, Big 12 Resume Power Grab

Posted on: August 12, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 8:58 pm
 
In the preseason, the SEC had 6 top 25 teams, the most of any conference, and the Big 12 claimed 3 teams in the top 10. The ACC boasted with 5 teams in the top 25, and the Big Ten, had 4 teams in the top 25. It appeared that the SEC, along with the Big 12 bought the AP and Coaches preseason polls. The ACC also joined in the power struggle by exploiting the BCS system to their own needs. The Big Ten, with only 4 teams in the top 25, was not competitive enough then. Now, the Big Ten has 6 teams in the top 25, tying the SEC. However, they still need to take back control of college football, and stop the imbalance of power created from a loophole in the BCS system: that stronger conferences can use their power to shut out other conferences from the BCS bowls, including Mid-Major conferences, creating a bunch of monopolies, and expanding a duopoly into a tripoly. This has caused the NCAA to issue notices of corruption, especially to the SEC, where most of the imbalance occurs, and it won't go away anytime soon.
So to prevent this imbalance from creating an unfair advantage toward some teams and conferences, I have proposed the NCAA Football Playoff system. It will show 64 teams in the tournament, about 90% of the teams that will be eligible to play in a bowl in the current BCS system. The games will be on Saturdays and Sundays, to prevent conflicts with class scheduling. There will be more chances of a upset than the current BCS system, so not only there will be champions in the top two of the BCS poll, but anyone eligible for the playoffs can play for a championship. The sites will be in the current BCS bowl locations in the first year after implementation, and there will be changes thereafter.
My opponents will say that the playoff system will cost more time and money. However, there will be more time and more games in the playoff system as opposed to the BCS system, which will mean more money given to the participating schools. Not only will the top quarter of the teams be admitted to the postseason, virtually eliminating the majority of schools, but every team will be eligible to play for the playoffs.
UPDATE 10/2: Texas and USC, two BCS supporters, fall out of the top 25.
UPDATE 10/9: Alabama lost to South Carolina, falling out of the top spot of college football.

Top 10/25 Teams by Conference (BCS Standings as of October 17, 2010)

College Football Leader: Oklahoma (Big 12)

SEC 3/6
Big 12 1/6
Big Ten 2/4
PAC-10 1/3
MWC 2/2
ACC 0/2
WAC 1/1
Big East 0/1

Conferences without teams included in BCS standings

C-USA
MAC
Sun Belt
Independents

Top 10/25/40 Teams by Conference (AP Poll as of October 17, 2010)

College Football Leader: Oregon (PAC-10)

SEC 3/6/7
Big 12 1/5/7
Big Ten 2/4/6
PAC-10 1/3/6
ACC 0/3/6
MWC 2/2/3
WAC 1/1/3
Big East 0/1/1

Conferences only with teams included outside top 25

C-USA 0/0/1

Conferences without teams included in poll

MAC
Sun Belt
Independents

Top 10/25/36 Teams by Conference (Coaches Poll as of October 17, 2010)

College Football Leader: Oregon (PAC-10)

Big 12 1/5/7
SEC 3/6/6
Big Ten 2/4/6
ACC 0/3/5
PAC-10 1/3/3
MWC 2/2/3
WAC 1/1/3
Big East 0/1/1

Conferences only with teams included outside top 25

C-USA 0/0/1
Independents 0/0/1

Conferences without teams included in poll

MAC
Sun Belt

Top 10/26/42 Teams by Conference (Harris Interactive Poll as of October 10, 2010)

College Football Leader: Ohio State (Big Ten)

Big 12 1/6/7
SEC 3/5/7
Big Ten 2/4/7
ACC 0/3/6
PAC-10 1/3/5
MWC 2/2/4
WAC 1/2/3
Big East 0/1/1

Conferences only with teams included outside top 26

C-USA 0/0/2

Conferences without teams included in poll

MAC
Sun Belt
Independents
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Big Ten vs. SEC: imbalance of power still exists

Well written. Thanks for the research.


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