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BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:00 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 8:47 pm

DALLAS – There are still a myriad of things to determine how the Bowl Championship Series’ postseason format ultimately will look like in 2014, but one topic seems apparent: college football’s playoff will not be larger than four teams.

“I would say obviously eight or 16 team (playoff formats) are not on the radar screen,” said a person attending the four-hour plus BCS meetings Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth Grand Hyatt Hotel.

On Tuesday, the 11 conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, two BCS officials and a BCS attorney met to discuss what form college football’s postseason will look like beginning in 2014.

While sources at the meeting said a four-team plus-one format looks likely when the new BCS format starts in two years, BCS executive director Bill Hancock stressed the meetings were “very broad and analytical” and that no decisions were reached.

The group will meet Wednesday then again in Dallas next month and in Fort Lauderdale in April. However, Hancock says he would be surprised if a decision is reached before summer.

“I don’t think this will be an overnight decision,” Hancock said.

Added SEC commissioner Mike Slive: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Maybe so, but when they’re done running there likely will be a four-team playoff.

Now comes the intriguing part: how will the plus-one model look like?

Will it be a seeded model (one vs. four, two vs. three); where will the semifinals be played; and how - or will - the bowl games be utilized? Will the bowl games host the semifinals and final or will the plus-one semifinals and final be awarded to the highest bidder – i.e. the Cotton Bowl or another current non-BCS bowl?

Even with a four-team format some of problems are "insurmountable" according to source in attendance Tuesday. Hancock and others spoke of not wanting to hold BCS games during the December exam period, usually between Dec. 1-21. While FCS (Division I-AA), Division II and III stage playoffs in December, FBS (Division I-A) would be doing it for the first time. The scrutiny would be enhanced on presidents at the highest level of college athletics if football cut into that exam time.

Besides wanting to avoid BCS games during the exam schedule, they also want to avoid playing BCS games around Christmas. Another challenge, Hancock said, is scheduling games around the NFL.

Presidents also want the season to end before the second week of January and closer to Jan. 1. Ohio State has flown back from a BCS championship game site immediately after the game at least once because school had started back home.

Last season's BCS title game between Alabama and LSU was played on Jan. 9 and resulted in the lowest TV ratings in BCS title game history.

Based on those preferred timelines (no exams, no Christmas and no NFL conflicts), the most likely time for a plus-one would be holding the semifinals a few days after Christmas and the final about a week later.

Any changes to the BCS format, which expires after the 2013 regular season, must be approved by the NCAA’s Presidential Oversight Committee, which must decide whether to approve the recommendation of the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners and Swarbrick.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, NCAA, plus-one

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:17 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

they werent the best 2 teams thats why no one watched it. Go to 8 team playoff!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:37 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Even with a playoff system last season, LSU and Alabama would have been the teams to eventually play in the championship game.

Would this have improved the tv ratings for the championship?

The other conferences in the country have light years to catch up with the SEC.  Who had the number one recruting class this year?  ALABAMA

Which school is off and running with what will probably be next year's best recruiting class?  ALABAMA

Which school do I think will win a national championship in the next two years?  ALABAMA

Alabama's next national championship with be the school's 14 national championship.   &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:23 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

The BCS has been a screwed up system since the beginning. And now finally, they are going to change two years! The only thing that makes sence is that the people in charge of the BCS are getting a lot of money from the bowls to keep them the same. These are people that are in charge of some of the best schools/conferences in the country. And they have for years said that this was the best way, when eveybody in the country knew better. They have proven time and time again that college sports revolve around money. So now we have to wait 2 more years?

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:04 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

"Last season's BCS title game between Alabama and LSU was played on Jan. 9 and resulted in the lowest TV ratings in BCS title game history."

What are we missing here?  Last years game,outside of the SEC, was not worth watching.    Don't you think a 8 team playoff would be awesome?   I don't get why the BCS is so against a playoff.   An 8 team BCS playoff could become one of the largest watching sporting events, next to the NFL playoffs.

What an I missing?    

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:04 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

fbagadonuts9, maybe it got 75% of the TVs in Alabama, but nobody else watched it. It was the lowest rated NC game in history, and no I did not watch one minute of it.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:26 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

 Unfortunately, the NCAA is way too invested in the bowl revenue relationships that are built, so a bowl game in Indianapolis or Detroit or Minneapolis is likely never going to transpire.
It could happen. If Indianapolis wanted to get a big bowl all they have to do is come up with the money. If they planned on having a bowl, there is obviously some lead time (won't happen next year), but if they guarantee an 8 million payout they would have a bowl that conferences wanted to be associated with. I'm sure the Big 10 would jump on sending one of their teams, then you just have to find a parter conference that wanted to send a team. Money talks. What will not get a bowl game in Indianapolis is griping on message boards that it is an unfair advantage, or the system is corrupt, or the NCAA won't change. 

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:48 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I like the top-ranked 3 conference winners, plus the 4th conference winner or one wildcard non-conference team only if ranked in the top 4. That would give a team like Alabama a chance to recover from one in-conference loss, but give preference overall to season performance by conference winners. This year it would have been LSU vs Bama, OSU vs Oregon, and probably would have given us the SEC-Big12 final most of us wanted to see. And yes, I think Oregon deserved to be in instead of Stanford.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:42 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Let's also remember that the SEC wanted to make being a conference champ a requirement and only one other conference voted in favor, and it wasn't the Big 12.  So for you and others to blame the SEC and BCS favoring the SEC, maybe some other schools were hoping to benefit the way Bama did when their conference was once dawning on the success the SEC has been on over the last few years.  Now that it worked against them, they cry foul. CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.  Still don't know what that really means, but I know it is applicable here Cool.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:35 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

fbagadonuts9, the BCS was designed to place the top 2 teams against each other.  NOT the top two....with the exception of________, NOR the "2 best teams in the country."  The quoted statement is highly subjective in most cases.  The voting system had Bama and LSU the top two.  No further explanation is needed.  We don't need to argue over judging Bama against other likely teams cause 1) it's over, and 2) the previous point is all that matters.  As far as the TV ratings, most people leave out that the game was the highest rated show in Neilson rating history, gaining about 75% of ALL the TV audience.  Point is, if you were watching TV, you were watchng the game.  This also means that not that less people were watching TV than previous years to gain the lowest Champ Game ratings.  That scenario could have many causes, of which few are likely to be because no one wanted to see the game.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:26 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

coolerifyoudid, please explain something to me.  I think your ideas are good, but you exhibit one thought like many that I can't understand.  I keep hearing people say "I wouldn't want a 16th ranked team playing for the national championship," or some derivative thereof.  If you don't want them playing in it, why extend the offer to compete in the process.  If you are prejudice to begin with, exclude them.  And please explain why Boise State or those "of the country" would cause an uproar.  Your premise to that comment is that they don't deserve to be there and you take them reluctantly.  If that were so, why are they always top ten?  I think the biggest problem with college football is that people feel entitled that they should be able to decide the fate of these schools and not playing the sport on the field.  The NY Giants started as one of the worst teams in the NFL and became the best, beating the two best teams from throughout the season in the playoffs.  They deserved what they got, and so would a 16th ranked team if they were that much improved at the end of the season.  Remember, they are only ranked 16th because that is where a poll voter "judged"  them to be.  Playing their way into a championship game would be somewhere they earned and deserved to be.

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