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BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:19 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The move toward a BCS plus-one has been gaining support following a commissioners meeting in New Orleans this week and was given a further shot in the arm with the support of NCAA president Mark Emmert on Thursday.

Still, roadblocks remain among the presidents controlling and ultimately the discussion about college football's postseason.

"I think that our position is we like the way the current system works," Oregon State president Ed Ray said. "The Rose Bowl is pretty damn special so we're pretty protective of that. I'm sure Larry (Scott) hasn't gone into considerations that there is an imperative to change. I understand the public feels that way but I don't. I think the most realistic change, if any, is the plus-one because the structure exists."

Representatives from the 11 BCS conferences met in New Orleans following the national title game to begin the process of re-working the system ahead of negotiations for a new contract that will start with the 2014 season. Although the general consensus amongst presidents and athletic directors at the annual NCAA convention is that there is likely a move to a plus-one with the new deal, there are plenty of skeptics of changing a system that, in their eyes, is working fine.

"I'm still not enamored with expanding the number of BCS games," said Nebraska channcellor Harvey Perlman. "I'm not in favor of a playoff, I have yet to hear a good reason why we would want one. I've spent a lot of time over the last several years as to why a playoff is bad. I'd like to hear one why it would be good and what it would accomplish. The only one I ever hear is that it would give us an undisputed national champion."

Arizona State president Michael Crow told on Wednesday that he is supportive of an 8-team playoff run by the NCAA. While the position has not been formally proposed, it does appear to be on one extreme of the Spectrum where no two people are on the same page.

"I think (a playoff) would undermine the regular season or add games or undermine the bowls," Perlman said. "We don't need it. We have a regular season that is as much of a playoff as anything that could be constructed artificially. Why would you want it? Football isn't basketball."

"if there is a change, I think it will occur incrementally," Ray added. "The next incremental change would then be to make the plus-one structure to where you have two semifinals and a final. Beyond that I don't know but sometimes you get surprised."

There has been talk that the Cotton Bowl, thanks to Jerry Jones' money and the largess of Cowboys Stadium, would be in play as a fifth BCS bowl come 2014. Perlman doesn't believe that will be the case, with a more likely scenario of the BCS evolving into a #1 vs. #2 matchup and the rest of the bowls reverting back to conference tie-ins. That scenario is one that many think Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would be supportive of.

"I don't think (Delany) is convinced yet," Perlman said of a plus-one. "We're all in conversations and I think we're going to have a teleconference soon. We'll have to see how it goes."

From the sounds of it, there could be a bumpy road to BCS change.


Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:20 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

You guys want to hang your ornament on the 1941 tree, be my guest. What the hell is the Houlgate Poll anyway? Minnesota was undefeated and named champion by almost every other poll around that year, but mainly they won the AP title. Your post forgot to mention them. Duke and Notre Dame were also undefeated that year, and yet somehow the Irish were overlooked. How in the hell did that happen?
Anyway, no sense arguing over 1941. The only year that matters now is 2012. Again, congrats to Bama. You guys had the look of a champion last week and we had the "brook trout look". See you again in November.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:49 am

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

You know, for years now all the "little leagues" of football, soccer, chess, swimming, etc. have awarded trophies as far down as they can afford to buy them. You'd think enough of those overly entitled, pandered kids would be of age now that no one would want "one undisputed NC" in football. LOL Isn't EVERYONE a winner?? (as opposed to a whiner, which is the truth). Any team with a 500 record is eligible for a bowl, why not just declare 35 National Champions and forget all this playoff angst! ROFLMAO

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:11 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

If the powers that be do not want to use the Rose Bowl, with the plus one format, that's a easy fix.  Just add another bowl game to the BCS mix. The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, Captial One Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Bowl.l The Rose Bowl could remain as a BCS Bowl game as well.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:44 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

I don't know jumping from #20 to #1 in one game;
but we jumped from number 2 to number 1 last Monday nite.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:29 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

IT couldnt be any simpler. Although i guess i am pretty simple.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:28 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

I couldnt be any simpler . Have a four team playoff with the top 4 ranked division champs , 1 vs 4 , 2 vs 3 and have the two winners play each other . 

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:25 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

My preference, if top 4 in BCS ranking are all conference champions, there are your final four. Otherwise, take top 3 conference champions and the highest ranked non-conference champion as the ONE wildcard. That gives preference to performance during the season, but still allows one team to back-door their way into a real championship. The wildcard team would have to defeat the top ranked conference champion plus the winner of 2 vs 3 to prove their worth. Alabama would have played LSU first under this scenario, then the winner of Oklahoma State/Oregon. Oregon would get in as conference champion over Stanford using this method as opposed to a straight top 4 plus-one.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:30 am

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

What everyone seems to foget is that the BCS is not going to eliminate their bowl tie ins.  The Big 10 will never go for that, and I have my doubts about the Pac 12.  If the BCS wants to go to a "plus one" and does nt want to expand the number of Bowl Games that they hold, then there are two things they can do to make this work.  First, they must adopt a rule that states that if a Conference Champion has more than two losses, they do not  automtically qualify for a BCS game, and the BCS Bowl Involved can look elsewhere.  Second, they must wave the two team maximum from each conference rule.  This is the only way the BCS can guarantee a competitve BCS Bowl season whle still maintaining bowl tie-ins to a certain extent.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:00 am

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Please wake me up when the play off starts.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:55 pm

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks


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