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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 20, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:42 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

There are always going to be issues with who should and who shouldn't be playing in the championship game.  Those issues will most likely never be solved.  A 4 team playoff is the best case scenario for now, until some issue comes up that a 5th team should have been  playing.  It's never going to end. 

At least there's conversation about trying to fix what's broken right now.  I think a 4 team playoff will work and will be the best thing for College football going forward.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:37 pm
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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:17 pm

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

A couple things to remark on. First of all, a champion is the person at the end of the complete (regular and playoff) season who didn't lose.  Sure you might be undefeated all regular season, but if you lose in the playoff, in any sport) then guess what, you are not the champion. Sure I could argue that (being a Eagles fan) the Giants did not deserve to win the SB. But that is just jealousy on my part. The Giant's played well enough throughout the season to make the playoffs, and then did well enough in the playoffs to win it all. Is the regular season dimished because of thier SB win. I don't think so. Hell, if my Eagles just one more freaking game, then the Giants wouldn not have been in the playoffs, but that didn't happen. So as a fan, I have to respect the fact that the Giants made it into the playoffs and won every game throughout. So for the pundits who say that the regular season won't mean anything, well you still have to be in the top 4!

Second soapbox statement is the who nonsense that people act like they care about student athletes finals scheduling. EVERY OTHER division does it. Are you telling me that a D-I finals are more important than D-IAA (I know thats not the name anymore) D-II or III? If a team like Alabama is so good, then (hypothetically speaking) they should be able to beat #16 seed, then the #8/9 seed, then the #4/5/13/12 seed, then the #2 side (for lack of going on). If the argument is that the #16 got lucky that day, then why can't the #1 have an off day during the regular season. In any game the best team that day wins. Be consistent and win, and you have nothing to worry about. Oh and financially, just call every playoff game a bowl do/will travel! 

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:59 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

lets be realistic, the argument has always been who's 1-3 and deserving of NC shot,  not who should be the #4 team.  A plus one should be just that...winner of 2 v. 3 play #1.  You start mixing in all others (4 on) and you move the pile of mess from one corner of the room to the next.

Stanford didn't deserve a shot...OSU did
LSU shouldn't have had to play in the SEC title game as well while there eventual opponent waded.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:57 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Yes, Stanford did not win their conference and were not the top-ranked non-conference winner. I wouldn't mind if they also put a condition on the one wildcard where they had to be ranked in the top 4, otherwise it would be the top 4 conference champions.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:52 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Yes, Stanford did not win their conference and were not the top-ranked non-conference winner. I wouldn't mind if they also put a condition on the one wildcard where they had to be ranked in the top 4, otherwise it would be the top 4 conference champions.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:42 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

The "exams" arguement has to be the dumbes arguement of all the fake arguements out there.  First of all, there are some teams that play their bowl game right in the middle of finals.  Is their preparation less rigrous than the teams that will play in the BCS bowls?  Second, the teams don't take exams on the weekends so why would there practice schedule be any different for a bowl game played on a saturday or new year's day?  The practice day will be the same no matter when they play.  A playoff will not interfere with exams any more than a bowl game will. 

The arguement that D2 players don't take the same amount of on field punishment is just bogus and how hard would it be for "the swamp" to set up for a football game with a week's notice if they know ahead of time that there is a chance that they might have a game this weekend.  THESE ARGUEMENTS ARE SO WEAK, just like they were 5, 10, and 20 years ago.  

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:31 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

So by that reasoning, 1 loss osu and 1 loss oregon (and 1 loss alabama) deserved a shot at the title but not 1 loss Stanford?

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:29 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

SEC, Big 12???, Big 10??? and Pac-12 should all be licking their chops.  This means they can monopolize the Playoff.  All you playoff Pundits and backers, this will make the regular season less relevant for those conferences because now you'd only have to be the #4 team vs. being 1st or 2nd...why play the toughest schedule when going undefeated or 1 loss will virtually get you in.  Going to 8 or 16 team playoffs make that point more realistic.  If I'm LSU and there's a 8 or 16 team playoff, I would only schedule D-2s OOC.

For those Boise St, TCU fans, you are the ones getting the raw deal here.  This lessens the opportunity on getting in, the powerhouses logically only have to shoot for 4th. The Giants are being used as an example...every team's actual goal is to make the playoffs...why...because at that point they have a chance at making it to the final game and it is all about who's playing best at that time vs. who's the best.  CFB teams will take the same approach..."how do we get to #4 with the most momentum"

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:22 am

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I like seeded top 3 conference champions plus the highest ranked non-champion as a wildcard. This would have matched up LSU-Bama and OSU-Oregon last year. That way if Alabama beat LSU AND the OSU-Oregon winner, no one would complain about them being a non-conference champion with a weak regular season schedule.

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