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Delany makes postseason proposal

Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 9:46 am

The source of one college football postseason idea pitched this week shouldn’t be surprising.

According to a person in the room at Monday’s BCS meeting, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pitched a model whereby only the No. 1 and No. 2 teams would be matched in the postseason. That would basically eliminate the other BCS bowl tie-ins in the 14-year-old system.

The proposal essentially is a roll back to the old Bowl Alliance that was in effect from 1995-97. On its face, the proposal seemingly benefits the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 the most.

The Big Ten could not immediately confirm Delany as the source of the idea since the commissioner was traveling on Friday. However, another source in the room at the San Francisco meeting said the idea stood out among several that day because it was “new.” The source would not confirm the model came from Delany.

Using Delany’s idea, the relationship with the current BCS bowls – Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Rose – would end. At the beginning of the season all schools would have an equal chance to get into the championship game. Supposedly, some kind of rating system would be used to rank teams.

Below that championship game, schools and bowls would be free to arrange their own deals. In the old Bowl Alliance, the champions of the ACC, Big East, Big Eight, SEC and Southwest conferences, along with an at-large team, were matched in the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange bowls. The Rose, Big Ten and Pac-10 did not participate at the time.  The uniqueness of the Alliance was that there were no conference tie-ins to particular bowls.

BCS commissioners began saying in December that they might go back to the old bowl system if pushed by non-BCS schools.  

There were other ideas Monday during what was termed a preliminary meeting meant for informal proposals. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson weighed in. Thompson was already on record with his 16-team playoff proposal. reported last week there was growing support to get rid of automatic qualifiers in the BCS. One result of that could be a top 10, 12, or 14 ranking that would have to be attained to get into a BCS bowl.

Delany’s idea would reflect the elimination of automatic qualifiers. The so-called “AQs” are the champions of the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and SEC. Notre Dame and champions of lesser conferences can currently qualifier for BCS bowls if they meet a set of benchmarks.

Delany’s particular model doesn’t address an age-old BCS problem: What about No. 3 and below, the teams that get left out? The commissioners discussed legal concerns that could emerge from that situation according to a source.

Also, if automatic qualifiers are eliminated, it would seem there would have to be some kind of access for non-AQs. Teams from non-BCS leagues – MAC, WAC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Mountain West – have enjoyed improved access to BCS bowls since 2003. During that time the success of schools such as Boise State, Utah and TCU developed into David-vs.-Goliath stories that captured the nation’s attention.

There is also the significant issue of revenue distribution. 

It’s a good bet that under Delany’s plan, the Rose Bowl would be “protected”. In other words, the bowl would have access to the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 each year unless one or both schools were involved in the championship game.

Because the ACC and Big East have struggled to be nationally relevant in recent years, Delany’s proposal would directly benefit the Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12. Teams from those four conferences have played in some combination in the last eight BCS title games.

It can’t be stressed enough the preliminary nature of Monday’s meeting. After discussing various models at the 1 ½-hour meeting, commissioners were to go back to their conferences to present them with their schools.  One source called it “process and procedure.”

The commissioners meet again in person Jan. 10 in New Orleans, the day after the BCS title game. It is at that meeting and subsequent ones that a clearer view of college football’s postseason going forward will begin to emerge. The commissioners must develop a postseason model to present to ESPN during its exclusive negotiating window that begins in October. If ESPN passes during those negotiations, then the model would go out to bid.

The current BCS model is in effect through the 2014 bowls. 


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:17 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

Someone does expose the truth that the others games in the Bowl Championship series really do not mean anything except a better pay day.   However the solution is not to just have the right two teams play in a one game two team playoff, they should have a 16 or 8 team playoff, the sixteen with 11 automatic bids for each conference, or an 8 team without any automatic bids.  

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:16 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

The Southeastern Conference has gotten so much respect lately that they are automatic qualifiers twice:

The so-called “AQs” are the champions of the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and SEC.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:10 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

I like the idea of 1 vs. 2, but only if cmputers are eliminated (except of course, if there are not consensus 1 and 2).
The BCS format lost credibility in 2003 when USC was 1 in both polls and did not go to the BCS Championship game
because of computers

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:39 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

That might work if there were only 8 FBS conferences, but there are 9.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:38 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

All 9 FBS conference winners should be in a 16 team plaoff with a selection committee for the best  7 non-conference champion teams.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:36 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

There is a real simple solution to this. 1. Down size to only eight conferences. 2. Have the eight conference champions in a playoff format of 1vs. 8, 2 vs. 7 and so on. 3. See how easy that is.

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:17 am

Delany makes postseason proposal

I have been saying this for years the NCAA needs a playoff, it needed it years and years ago. They say this system works, it doesn't work period. Solve this by putting in a playoff. It works in any other division and no problems with that and it would get rid of some or all of the useless December bowls. Do we really want to keep rewarding teams that are win six games and lose six games with a bowl game? Every year when the bowl games start and I see teams with 6-6 7-5 records I feel like puking up my breakfast. Why doesn't the BCS just create a game for everyday in December reward teams that go winless call it "Give us a chance to win bowl" We need a playoff and I would rather see good teams play each other.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:51 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Nice try Delany and B1G to get people's attention away from Penn State incident. But not so fast Delany, when the idea is too radical people start to have some doubts. And I cannot believe this idea is comming out of any good soul...

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:24 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Not a surprise that this idea is comming from the commisoner of the Big 10.  What a stupid idea.  Let's just get a playoff system in here.  Or another great idea I have heard is the Top 10 teams no matter what conference they are in or how many teams from that conference goes to BCS bowls with a plus 1 system

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:19 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

 No, no and NO! Get a GD playoff FFS! 12-16 teams ... every other division of college football can somehow accomplish this with ease. Even If there is 3 weeks of playoffs ... get rid of the 3 OOC scrub games most big time universities play. Id much rather watch games involving teams like Alabama playing at Ohio St and any other BIG time games that actually mean they have a glimmer of hope for a NC ... not just 1 NC bowl game with a bunch of meaningless bowl games every December. Hell, even Houston and Boise ... Id much rather see how far they make it in a playoff than the meaningless bowl they normally get.

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