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Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Calling out the SEC is all the rage in the Big Ten at the moment.

I wrote Thursday that one of the Big Ten’s intents in supporting a Plus One was to get the SEC to come up North to play national semifinals. Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez put it in writing in the latest issue of “Varsity”, Wisconsin’s official online magazine.

In his “Behind The Desk” column, Alvarez wrote, “ … I applaud the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany for advancing the discussion.” He called national semifinals played on campus sites, “ … one way of leveling the playing field a little bit.

“I’ve felt that SEC teams have had an advantage because of the number of bowls that have been played in their backyard. What would they think about leaving the South and playing in the Midwest?”

It’s an open-ended question but Alvarez goes on to say the Rose Bowl and regular season must be preserved. He uses the example of Duke’s loss to Miami this week having little impact on the big tournament picture.  Football is a different animal (badger, actually).

“I’m definitely intrigued by the proposal to seed four teams and play two semifinal games on campus sites,” Alvarez wrote.

The fact that administrators are coming out of the woodwork to support Plus One has to tell you something is going to happen. I’m still not sure it will go as far as a playoff. Arizona State president Michael Crow probably put forth the most radical proposal yet. -- an eight-team playoff.

It is interesting to note that in Crow’s playoff, only conference champions would be eligible. That would mean no Alabama in 2011. That also might require a phone call to Pasadena. Where would the Rose Bowl in an eight-team playoff?

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

Ri-i-i-i-ight, LSUSMC, because home games are no advantage at all in the SEC.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

LSUSMC's comment that "The games are down south or out west because that is where the FANS prefer the games to be played."  Uh, no.... 

First, off, the SEC HAS been dominant that past half dozen year.  No doubt - hats off to them.

Here's a theoritical one: please find me a Notre Dame / Ohio State / Michigan / Oregon / Nebraska / Oklahoma / Virginia Tech ... etc. fan whose team is on the march to a national championship and ask them this question in late November: "You're higher rated than LSU (Sugar) / Miami (Orange) / USC (Rose) / Arizona State (Fiesta).  Would you rather play them at home on our field Dec 24th and THEN play in a warm site championship, or would you rather play them in the traditional bowl system (possibly within 50 miles of their campus)?"

If you think you can find many fans that will take the 'warm weather only' option, then you DO celebrate Mardi Gras a bit too much...


Here is the real deal.  Most fans know that their team in not playing in the NC game as only two of 120 teams do.  Bowl games are supposed to be rewards for teams and their fans for a good season.  Who thinks it is a reward to watch a game in the cold weather?  If cold weather teams wanted to have bowl games up north, then they would find a sponsor and do that.  The sponsors know that very few people want to watch a football game in December up north.  As far as this proposal goes, I am all for it.  There is a huge difference in an actual playoff game and a bowl game.  If you need weather to equalize the talent, then you have admitted that your talent is simply not as good.  Neither ND, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, etc have ever played a home game in December as regular season football is over by then.  The nothern teams have basically admitted that they cannot compete with the teams  down south or out west, so they want to bring weather into the mix.  I have no issue with that, but let's call it what it is.  Slow the track so the slow teams can compete.  That is one way to level the playing field.  The other way would just be to get better. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

This past season, even Bama would have struggled in a place like Camp Randall in December.


I do not think there has ever been a college football game played at Camp Randall in December.  So, what is the point of the statement? 



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

LSUSMC's comment that "The games are down south or out west because that is where the FANS prefer the games to be played."  Uh, no.... 

First, off, the SEC HAS been dominant that past half dozen year.  No doubt - hats off to them.

Here's a theoritical one: please find me a Notre Dame / Ohio State / Michigan / Oregon / Nebraska / Oklahoma / Virginia Tech ... etc. fan whose team is on the march to a national championship and ask them this question in late November: "You're higher rated than LSU (Sugar) / Miami (Orange) / USC (Rose) / Arizona State (Fiesta).  Would you rather play them at home on our field Dec 24th and THEN play in a warm site championship, or would you rather play them in the traditional bowl system (possibly within 50 miles of their campus)?"

If you think you can find many fans that will take the 'warm weather only' option, then you DO celebrate Mardi Gras a bit too much...



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

I doubt that you believe that LSU playing in the Superdome is the same as them playing in Ohio Stadium. It levels the playing field by giving a shot at a "home" game for the best Big 10 team in bowl season. Unless you don't think home field matters (it does, of course) this isn't brain surgery.

Although I don't feel that the SEC's recent dominance is a mirage, there is a big built in advantage to playing bowl games in one's backyard (see 2008 National Title game). This past season, even Bama would have struggled in a place like Camp Randall in December.


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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:44 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

i think plus one is the net answer in the evolution of college football, which will be drwn towards an at least 4  team tourney.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

It was just a few years ago.....don't make it sound like it's an impossiblity.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:35 am
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

If the Big Ten had a team in the top 4, the very real possibility of an SEC team playing in Ann Arbor, or Columbus, Oho, or Lincoln, NE the end of December would be one way the field would be more level.  Instead of playing in the SEC's backyard, they would have to play in the Midwest.  I think it is a great idea.  Now we just need to get a Big Ten team in the top 4. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Wisconsin's Alvarez endorses Plus One

 
He called national semifinals played on campus sites, “ … one way of leveling the playing field a little bit.
How exactly does this level the playing field?  Fans, yes, weather, not really.  No matter where the game is played, both teams play on the same field in the same conditions.  The games are down south or out west because that is where the FANS prefer the games to be played.  How about this for a thought, for the past six years, the best teams from the SEC have simply been better than all the other teams.  Just a thought.  As far as the original idea, I love it.  By starting out playing playoffs on campus, it makes it much easier to increase the field of the playoff teams.  Not that I am necessarily for that, but that is what will happen. 


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