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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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:57 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!




Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:53 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!




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:36 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

There is a huge difference between a #3 team having a case and a#5 team having a case. They need to start any kind of playoff as soon as possible. Then they can adjust it later once they see how it plays out. If we could have had Alabama vs. Ok State, Ratings would have been high. Bama's awesome Defense performance against OSU's Offensive highlight show. The week long build up would have been great. Bama would most likely have won, but less doubt. 



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:32 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

The 4 team playoff isnt really a "plus-one" as it would simply be a 4 team playoff. The stupid "plus-one" idea was to have a championship game set by the BCS after the regular bowls had concluded (not a 1 vs. 4

I think a 4 team playoff is perfect. An 8 team playoff might be ok, but would stretch out 3 weeks and a 16 team playoff an unrealistic 4 weeks. Plus, do the 9th-16th ranked teams truly deserve a shot at the National Championship? I dont think so personally.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:29 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

March Madness proves that if you take the best 68 teams, the 69th team will get all upset and feel snubbed. The answer isn't in how many you put in the playoff. The answer is in how to assure that the participants in the playoffs are decided in the most fair way.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:14 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Dear BCS,

Screw you.

Sincerely,
A college football fan



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:17 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

So it will be four SEC teams?



Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:01 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

tell me when march madness arrives



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:48 pm
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Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:46 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

You are clueless Beater. You obviously have ZERO idea of what it takes to be a major college football player. I doubt if you even went to college at all. And you are flat wrong about many bowl games coming during final exams. The EARLIEST bowls (2 or 3 crappy ones) were December 17th this year. The vast majority are after Christmas...way after finals. Most major universities (all of the ones I am familiar with), schedule exams within the first few weeks of December. This year (like every year), several LSU guys had to bust their butts after winning the SEC Championship to catch up on their work and pass their finals in the following weeks. I'm sure it goes on at all the major universities. They depend on that time, after the rigors of the season, to catch up. You can decide you don't care; that just makes you kind of a jerk. But don't pretend it isn't a real factor; that would make you an idiotic jerk.


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