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Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:37 pm
There was at least a "discussion" of a plus-one college football playoff system by Pac-12 and Big Ten ADs, has learned.

The Seattle Times reported that a "consensus" had been reached by the ADs after a straw vote, favoring a radical departure from the current BCS system. The report said the consensus was nonbinding and not a recommendation. Any such official move would have to come from the BCS presidents.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune Saturday that his conference's ADs do not favor a plus-one system. He called the Times report "erroneous". However, has determined that the subject was at least raised during a meeting last week. Even a discussion about the subject would suggest a possible sea change in college football's postseason.

It could be simply a matter of semantics as to what went on in the room last week during a meeting in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pac-10 (now 12) and Big Ten have been in lockstep supporting their exclusive arrangement with the century-old Rose Bowl.

The Times said the proposed format would include adding a fifth BCS bowl, most likely the Cotton. Four bowls would then rotate a four-team playoff system with two semifinal winners meeting in a championship game. According to the Times, the Rose would not host semifinal games but would remain in a five-year championship rotation.

The current championship rotation is four years. In the past, adding a fifth bowl was seen as an impediment because it would be harder to lure bowl sponsors to a championship that would take place once every five years.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock was not immediately available for comment.
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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:13 pm

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

Which Pac-10 team went to the Rose Bowl last year?  Given the choice, the BCS will coopt the Rose Bowl as a place to send teams other than SEC to games that are meaningless.  A playoff system will guarantee that only one team out of 12 in the Pac-12 will make it to the playoffs while 3 teams from the SEC will be qualified.  The way to dominance for the Pac-12 is to own the Rose Bowl and proclaim any other challengers as illegitimate.  They have their own network, they dont need the BCS.  How many Big-10 teams will play on Jan. 2 this year?  Five of Six?  Three SEC teams....One Pac-12 team.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:50 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

Obviously the Big 10 and Pac 12 want to keep their arrangement in the Rose Bowl.  If expansion starts again, a "plus one" becomes very doable".  All the BCS has to do is add the Cotton Bowl to the list of BCS Bowl games, and take the top two teams after the Bowl Season has ended and match them up in the Championship game.  No, it is not a playoff system, but it is a system where one more step is taken to try and find out who the real top two teams are in the nation.  It is a start.  Remember, the NCAA Basketball Championship started out with only 8 teams.  You have to crawl before you walk, especially inthe NCAA.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:35 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

When is everybody going to figure out that this all about MONEY, and has nothing to do with the good of the game.  All this conference re-alignment, and refusal to consider a playoff system is all about the "Big" schools trying to create a semi-monopoly on all the regular season, and post-season TV money. They are the "haves", and they want to keep the "have nots" out of as much of the spotlight and money as they can.  This isn't limited to the TCU and Boise States, but also includes the Big East and ACC. They will try and cherry pick some mega conferences together with the best teams from minor conferences, with their best.  If you are a minor member of one of the Big Confernces (ie - SEC = Kentucky, Miss, Miss St; Big10 - Indiana, Northwestern, or Minnesota; etc) you better watch out becuase you will be cut from the mega-conference ASAP.

The fact is that there should be traditional regional conferences, where schools are in relatively close proximity to one another. This encourages students and fans to actually travel to away games. Once these conferences are established there should be a playoff system where only the conference winners have a chance to be in it.  (If you aren't your conference champion you have no business playing for a national championship). This would also encourage the scheduling of good OOC games. If it doesnt matter what your overall record is, but only whether you win your conference, it would behoof you to schedule the toughest competition possible to get your team ready for the conference schedule.

Its time to call these money-grubbing AD's on their lies, and do whats best for the great game of college football.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:49 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

One of these days these top tier schools will realize that in an attempt to protect their position they have given the BCS so much power that they have actually hurt themselves.

And if lower tier programs can implement a playoff without killing attendance for the regular season, so can top tier schools. 

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:53 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

"Playoffs are for second tier leagues who don't have any home attendance. First thing that would happen is loss of attendance as single games lose importance."

Yeah... playoffs have really killed attendance at NFL games, genius.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:46 am
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:15 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

I say it's time to go back to the Bowl Coalition or Alliance. Let the Big Ten have their fun in the Rose Bowl and quit ruining the national title game with OSU as a loser every year... although I guess that isn't a problem any more.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:12 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

this isnt the nfl though. why not have a playoff with the conference champs?

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:32 am

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

I am so sick of playoff crybabies! There are 120 teams in NCAA 1-A. There are what 10 different conferences and some independents . They are  not in a league together. This is not the NFL. A playoff like people are crying for would actually just be a tournament with subjective seeding. Call it what it is. Win your Conference/League Title, Win your Bowl game and call it a year. I could care less about crowning a national champion. Imagine if the NFL had 120 teams , I wouldnt even watch! it would be ridiculous.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:48 pm

Pac-12, Big Ten ADs discussed plus-one

Everyone can complain about the BCS all they want, it has its upsides and plenty of down but it makes college football what it is today.  What other major sport does each and every game mean so much?  There are millions of ideas for a palyoff system, I am in favor of a 16 team playoff.  Take the top 10 average from the Coaches and AP polls and give 6 atlarge bids.  I love the fact that every game has so much meaning, a team has to show up week in and week out to compete for a a championship.  Until something that creates more revenue for individual college's comes along this will be the system we will be stuck using. 

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