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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:00 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I can live with 4 teams. Let's just agree to get some kind of playoff started. Think NCAA BB, how that field had steadily increased over the years. I can see a day where 4, turns into 6 and then 8 over time. On another topic, why the hell is Notre Dame the only school to get a special seat at the table, just because there an independent? I'm sick of their prima donna football queen attitude.  

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:43 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Need to make sure that all BCS-eligible schools have access to the Playoff/Plus 1 format.

That means MWC/C-USA combo and any other conferences that currently do not get a spot should in order for this to work properly!!!!

Anything that gets the polls out of determing who gets to play where works for me

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:38 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."

That had less to do with the date and time of the game and more to do with the teams playing in it.  Everyone in America outside of the SEC faithful knew that the game was a FARCE.  The nation showed its disapproval of the SEC, er...BCS System and hopefully it induces change.  A plus one is a good step.  An eight team playoff would be better. Then we could have 6 SEC teams, Notre Dame, and at at-large bid. (Hahaha)

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:05 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

If a playoff were to occur, I would only think that it would fair to rotate the games around the country similar to the Superbowl.  To continually give southern teams an advantage of having a fanbase that can drive to the game seems like such an easy problem to fix.  There are plenty of domed stadiums that would love to bring revenues to their cities. 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.

I will save an SEC diehard the step and tell you that I am a Cyclone fan and really don't plan on worrying about making plans for a BCS game anytime soon.

I'm probably in the minority, but some people mentioned eliminating all of the other bowls and JUST having the playoff and I just don't agree at all. Even if some of these bowls seem meaningless to most of us, the athletes that get rewarded by going to these bowls would disagree. Many fans of the mid-level teams also like to get the chance to travel to a bowl game and enjoy getting to watch one more game where they can cheer for their team.  It is too watered down, I'll admit, but to just do away with all of them wouldn't be the answer either.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:43 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

First of all, there are a ton of great points on this thread. 

In order for a 16 team playoff, you would have to play 8 games on the same day, then 4 the following week, 2 and then the final, resulting in 4 weeks to conclude.  That first weekend with 8 games, I imagine a complete fustercluck with the networks trying to vie for certain matchups given conference alliances across networks.  Given that the NFL is in full swing, would all 8 games have to be played on a Saturday?  You'd almost have to start two games at 1100, two at 1400, two at 1700 and two at 2000 in order to achieve that. Since most bowl games run over 3 hours due to the TV ad-fest, I see a lot of people missing large chunks of important games.

The following weekends would be much better, but to start off with 16 teams seems too much for my taste. I think if you wanted to expand more than 4, you go to 10, with the top two BCS ranked teams getting a bye the first weekend. Actually give a reward to the top two teams to acknowledge their regular season success.  As another poster mentioned, I really wouldn't want a 16th ranked team competing for the National Championship in football anyway. Top 10 allows for the Boise State's of the country to get in without a huge uproar, and it still makes them prove their merit once they get there.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:55 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Never will there be a real champion in cfb because they cant make the millions for themselves. Its such bs its pathetic.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:38 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Anywhere from 4-6 teams seems good imho.

The current system has been BS from jump.

College football has needed a playoff system worse than Tom Brady's wife has needed makeup.    &nbs


Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:04 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum


Let me get this straight the BCS is going to decide on how they
can generate more money for themselves by having college overpaid
sit around in over priced hotel rooms to discuss the future of College Football
and how it will affect the college athlete. What a bunch of blowhards

its all about money not the athletes the train is off the tracks and what kills
me is the notion that they care about what they are doing. There is no sleazier
organization than the NCAA. They should be put out of business and dissolved
and from there ashes a new organizational body should be

created that really cares about the sport not just the money. Get a commissioner
give him power make him independent from what is going on now because now is a


Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:56 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum


How come the FCS can have a twenty team playoff without causing "undue stress on the student-athletes?"  In the lower divisions, they really ARE student-athletes, but they all make it through OK.  IF the FCS can have twenty teams do a playoff, the NCAA can have eight.  

Any "reason" for anything different is a lie, pure and simple.   The reason for the lie is that the BCS and the bowls want to keep their power over all of the money that is generated.  The bowls have been paying the presidents and trustees off for years, and have turned them in to mere puppets for those who run the bowls.  The Junker/Fiesta Bowl case is only a very small sample of what is going on to keep fans thinking that their corrupt system is "for the benefit of the student-athlete."

Whenever arguments don't make sense and money is involved, someone is getting scammed.  In this case, it's the American public.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:53 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

You hit the nail right on the head.

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