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Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 6:58 pm
NEW YORK - On Monday, the Big 12's athletic directors took a straw poll and were in favor of a plus-one format, allowing the top four teams to play for a national title, reported.

On Wednesday, Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby went a step further, calling the plus-one model "inevitable" when the new BCS cycle begins in 2014.

"I happen to agree with my conference colleagues about the plus-one game," Bowlsby said Wednesday at the IMG Forum at the Marriott Marquis. "I think it's inevitable at this point."

While a panel of athletic directors mostly opposed a large playoff, similar to the one held at the FCS level, Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said he's in favor of the plus-one format and went as far to say he thinks it will eventually happen.

NCAA President Mark Emmert also said he is "confident some change (will happen) in the BCS format" in 2014, when the new cycle is implemented. He would not, however, give specifics and would not comment if he was in a favor of the "plus-one" model.

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Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:39 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

For boldness, I put this right up with predicting that the horse and buggy days are numbered.  How do baseball and basketball and every pro sport manage to do this with so little effort?  It could be implemented tomorrow.  And I mean literally tomorrow:  the venues are there and the top 16 are all getting ready to go somewhere (except SC, who I am sure can change their plans).

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:33 pm
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Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

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Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:28 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

While I think this "Plus-one" model is a step in the right direction it's still flawed. The reason being is, how will the teams be decided? I figure at large bids. But it seems to me that you would need to have more teams. Because where will the automatic qualifiers be? You got SEC, Big XII, PAC 12, Big 10, Big East, and the ACC. That's six teams alone. While there are many big voices in the big conferences have spoke in favor of this model, the other voices within the automatic qualifying conference will want representation in this small tournament. What happens when we got something like now where the SEC have the top two teams? What if we have a situation like two weeks ago when the top 3 teams were SEC? I think the model is the right idea, but there's no way around all this. If colleges are so concerned about more games, perhaps the big boys better drop their weeks when they beat up on some tune-up teams to fit these tournaments in.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:52 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

I'm a Bama fan and glad to be going to the NC game and think Bama deserves it. Having said that, I also strongly want a playoff and ultimately agree it will probably happen. For those fans of the Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10 etc I would also say that Slive (SEC commissioner) and the SEC were in favor of a plus 1 scenario several years ago and Slive proposed that but the other major conferences including Big 12 were against it. So for the Okie St fans and Stanford fans who feel left out, instead of bashing the SEC and/or BCS, put pressure on your presidents and conf commish to get the playoff done and change it. The SEC is about to win the 6th straight BCS title but is already on board with a plus 1 system. So the other conferences need to get on board with a playoff or quit whining about the BCS!  

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:50 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

Hallelujah!  I hope this happens sooner than later.  Imagine the excitement if LSU were playing Stanford and Bama playing OK St this weekend or next, with the winners to meet in January.  Which is exactly what I told people earlier this week before reading this proposal.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:43 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

A playoff system in college football does not make sense. The BCS does not make sense, especially since they never get it right.  The only time they come close to getting it right is when there are 2 undefeated teams.

If they have more than two undefeated teams they go haywire and bring all sort of garbage into the equation of selecting the teams that would appear in the chanpionship game. This season is a disaster as to the team that did not win it's conference nor division and is allowed to play in the national championship game. 

I would be happy to see the colleges return to the bowl games with 16 teams claiming to be #1 as oppose to oppose to a fake national champion.

For those that are jumping up and down for a playoff then might I suggest you go to the NFL. They have a playoff system that work extremely well. Then they play this big game on Sunday in February called  the Super Bowl. 

No matter what anyone say about a playoff system, they would start out with 1-4 teams. Then they would come up with this team was left out but deserved a chance to play in the playoff.

The final results would be, as in the NCAA basketball playoff, where eventually, the top 3-4 teams in each conference would be in the playoffs, thus making the regular season worthless. 

College football, at one time, ended on Jan 1st each year unless the 1st was on a Sunday. College football now extends into the second week of January. 

You can bet that with a playoff we will be seeing college football in late january or perhaps early February.



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:26 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

Plus One is a good start, but to have a serious impact on college football, and minimize the impact on the Bowl games, 8-team play-off is needed. We should continue to have the four traditional BCS Bowl games in New Year days as the start of the playoff. The top eight teams will play in four BCS bowls on New Year day.  Two weeks later, the winner of the four bowls games will play each other in the semi final and then the National Championship Game should be held on Saturday the week before the Super Bowl.
This will take care of all the gripe. If a team finishes in the top eight ranking in the BCS final poll, that team will play in the BCS bowl.  No if and or but about it. If a conference happens to have three teams, so be it.  

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:13 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

Totally agree BigDaddy. Baby steps...

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:52 pm

Stanford AD says "Plus-One" model inevitable

This certainly makes sense.  With the NCAA, you must crawl before you walk.  The NCAA Hoops "Big Dance" started out as an 8 team playoff.  Now they are up to 66.  If people really want to see a playoff in College Football, they are going to have to start with the "Plus One".  I would recommend that the BCS add the Cotton Bowl as a BCS Game.  That will still allow 10 teams to potentially play in the "Plus One" game.  Six Conference champions (assuming that nothing changes between now and 2014) and 4 at large teams.  If they keep the same BCS Bowl Schedule, that would eliminate two "At Large" teams.  I would also put a provision in the BCS automatic bid system that would state that any Conference who'se Champion has more than two losses loses their AQ status for that season.  If we use this year as an example. it would be ridiculous for West Virginia and Clemson to play in a BCS Bwol game with absolutely no chance of getting into the "Plus One" game while one loss teams Boise State and Houston are left out.

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