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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
 
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Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:06 am
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

how would they determine who teams are? okay lets see here If these teams go unbeaten do they get in? Boise State, Houston, Memphis, Rice, Tulane? NO because it will probably be an all SEC vs Big 12 playoff system, which would make the cryin tide fans happy. 12 teams, 11 conference champs + the best independant is the only true playoff, teams that make it get seeded based on random draw. top 4 get byes into round 2 and homefield thru the 2nd round. in the fisrt round games are played at the lower seed. Semis and championship would be played on netural fields. ive been saying this for years. but a 4 team playoff. WONT WORK.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:53 am
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

So because the NC was played so late, that's why the ratings were bad? Not becasuse it was a rematch of "The Game of the Century" between 2 teams that couldn't score a TD in the first game.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:52 am
 

BCS plus-one format SUCKS

Please don't think I'm even remotely intrigued by the peculiar (forced) interest the BCS is exhibitng in a bastardized, semi/sorta playoff format.  WORD:  I'm not.

We've suffered through HOW MANY years of travesties called National Championship Games that were anything but?

The fact that the BCS has finally deigned to admit that they've been [expletive deleted] actual college footbal fans all this time comes way too late for me to care.  Wake me when we have at least a "Sweet Sixteen" playoff format and I might return to the TV.  In the meantime?

I am not amused.




Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:35 am
 

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.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:54 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Shouldn't we just do an SEC final 4 to determine the National Champ?  Or to humor the rest of the nation, have the top 3 SEC teams and have one non-SEC team play in the final 4?
As long as its not USC or Michigan since they own the SEC



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:41 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Anyone associated with the BS should be locked away at GITMO.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:40 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Great.. now I get to watch more BORING SEC football and thier pop-warner play book.  Thanks alot



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:36 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Shouldn't we just do an SEC final 4 to determine the National Champ?  Or to humor the rest of the nation, have the top 3 SEC teams and have one non-SEC team play in the final 4? 




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:30 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

 Some sort of a  4 game tournament would certainly be a baby step in the right direction, however, the fundamental problem is still there......it will still be a BCS concoction. The BCS is still a renegade Cartel formed to control the post season money and glory. An all inclusive NCAA administered college football championship would be far superior , IMO. and the NCAA does a fine job with all the other team championships in college sports, at all levels.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:32 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Step in the right direction. Most of us want an 8 or 16 team playoff, but never fret, once they see the money they make from this model, it's just a matter of time before it expands to 8 teams, then the final product, a 16 team playoff.


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