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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 9, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:19 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

My idea for a college football playoff:


Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:00 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

This is like a slight of hand magician trick performed by a very small group of administrators, media types, former players and coaches that control who is eligible to play for the title. Everyone is preoccupied by the talk of a 4 team playoff or a plus one system, but no one is focused on reforming who votes in the polls and the weight of the votes that determine the preseason and final polls. This idea will only add another layer to the beurocracy that determines who has the opportunity to play for the “championship”. Polling needs a total overhaul not the entire system.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:56 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Let's not make this any more complicated that it already is.  We are basically talking a "plus one" here, which means one additional game for two teams only, out of 120 FBS teams.  Now every BCS game has been played on different days recently.  The Rose Bowl has been the game most often played on 1/1, because of the Parade.  I cannot see that changing.  having said that, there is no reason why two more BCS games cannot be played around the Rose Bowl (one earlier, and one later) and the remaining BCS games played on 12/31 or 1/2.  Then the Championship game can be played a week later, on the 8th. 

The big question is what the BCS Bowls will do with their tie-ins.  If, LSU is #1, USC #2, Oregon #3 and Alabama #4, who plays who where?  LSU could play in the Sugar Bowl, as the SEC Champion, but do they play Alabama, the #4 seed again?  Would #2 USC play #3 Oregon in the Rose Bowl again?  That means that the Big 10 Champion, who normally would play in the Rose Bowl gets shipped out somewheres else.  It can be very complicated, but the only way this can really work is if the BCS Bowls agree to forgo their tie-ins if their Conference  Champions end up #3 or 4 in the BCS standings, and have to travel to another BCS Bowl.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:33 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: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:18 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

It's gotta be at least 8 teams and you have to earn your way in. No more of this playing 3 cupcakes every year like the SEC likes to do.
I agree, but a four team playoff is still an incentive to schedule cupcakes. It's probably going to take a 16 team playoff.............which eventually is going to happen before teams will be less scared to schedule cupcakes. In this model, a 2 loss team who scheduled tough games would  have a realistic chance of still making the playoffs. With a four team playoff, 1-2 losses could still eliminate you from the picture. You can't blame teams for scheduling cupcakes because the BCS system provides that incentive for them. I would also like to see polls banned until about 4-6 weeks into the season. This would help (but not eliminate) name/face rankings that seems to happen every preseason.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:58 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

If the NCAA does keep the bowl system intact in some way, they should eliminate 10 to 15 bowls.  Let's make it more of a reward to make it to a bowl game.  Along those same lines, they should eliminate any bowl game above the Mason-Dixon line. Can we reward "bowlers" with some warm city games??  No offense to Boise, but a 20 degree football game in December isn't exactly a treat.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:10 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I too favor a format that includes the bowl games. Championship might rotate every three years among the Fiesta, Orange, and Rose Bowls with the two "out" being the semi-final games. The quarter-final games could be the Sugar, Outback, Potato, Chilicheese Bowls (in other words, take your pick). This for an eight team playoff. If you go to sixteen teams, add eight more bowl games. That would satisfy everyone, including the bowl committees since their product would now actually mean something. And, instead of having twenty weeks between the end of the season and the bowl games, you start right away (or very nearly).

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:57 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I guess they're only ok with giving up a small amount of overall control.

Logic dictates an 8 or 16 team playoff, and even a 32 team version once they realize the $$$ value of maintaining the Bowl responsibilities. That would make it exciting, and reward the fan nations of all teams and college ball in general.

It would also foster new rivalries, and that can only help the game.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:21 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

First off, the date of Jan 9th for the title game had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LOWEST BCS TITLE GAME RATINGS EVER.  What happened there is the public voiced their opinion in the form of a protest to a rematch.  Nobody wanted to see Bama Vs LSU again. Period. Sorry SEC were wrong.

Secondly, I am interested to see how teams like Boise State or Oklahoma ST compete with the SEC and Big 10 schools in a four game playoff, meaning do they have a fair shot?  I dont want to see 3 SEC schools and Texas.  I want to see the 4 best teams in the nation.  If Houston is one of those teams or TCU or Boise, then so be it.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:58 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

This should be SO easy and I don’t understand why the NCAA makes it so hard.

16 Teams utilize 8 bowl games in the 3<sup>rd</sup> week of December.

That leaves 8 teams left for four games.

Use the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Orange Bowl.

It shouldn’t matter what school plays where based on Conference.

Highest Ranked Team plays lowest ranked team and so on…

After a weekend of these 4 games, that leaves 4 teams left.

The two highest ranked teams gets home games for this new Semi-Final round.

When the weekend is done, the two winners face off in a neutral site Championship game.

In reality, this doesn’t add that many games and a true National Champion gets crowned on the field, not in a poll or computer!

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