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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

BCS + 1

College Football has finally devised a BCS plan that makes sense. We all know that fans want a playoff, and we know just as certainly that we will never get one. However, by adding a single game to the BCS (something that will already be in place starting next year) most of the problems and complaints generated by the system can be eliminated.

The BCS+1 would essentially create a four team playoff, using the BCS standings to seed the top 4 teams. Instead of allowing two more at-large bids, the extra BCS bowl could be used to play the Championship game between the winners of the two semifinal games. That way, fans would have their playoff, the bowl system would be preserved, the importance of each regular season game would be sustained, the season would not be terribly prolonged, and the BCS controversy would be vastly minimized.

Sure, the #5 team would be left out and some teams would whine and cry about it, but that happens in the 64-team NCAA basketball tourney too, so nothing will solve that problem. Sometimes, such as when there are only 2 undefeated teams, the extra game might seem unneccessary. But better to have those teams prove themselves on the field against the best competition than be stuck at the end of the year wondering what might have been.

This plan makes too much sense, which is probably why it will never happen. But maybe if another BCS catastrophe happens this year, then the talking heads and ADs will want to look at this as an acceptable alternative for all sides.

UPDATE: Frank Beamer apparently agrees with me.


Blogger GOPHokie said...

The only reason I think this will have problems passing is the money question. There would have to be some agreement on who would get that extra 26 mil that comes with the addition of a 5th BCS game.
under the current setup, 2 more schools (so 2 more conferences) would get the money. Under the BCS+1, the same schools would pull it twice.
The problem is for instance, this year the ACC could get 2 or maybe even 3 teams in the BCS (39 million bux). Under the other system, we would probably only get 1 twice. Texas on the other hand would get money twice as well, whereas under the current system, the Big 12 would only get 1.
I know thats alot of numbers, but do you see where I am coming from?
Usually the conferences care more about the money than the fan satisfaction and fairness.

1:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what the world needs, more whining from the folks at VPI&SU. You whined to get in the ACC and now you are whining trying to get into a playoff.

9:06 AM

Blogger williamk23 said...

The New BCS Playoff System:
7 Significant Bowl Games versus 1.
8 Teams have a shot at the championship.
Current “Big 4” Bowl Games Continue to rotate for championship game.

2005/2006 Schedule:
Final 8 – On New Year’s Day or Just After Christmas
Outback Bowl (Game 1) - BCS #1 vs. BCS #8
Cotton Bowl (Game 2) – BCS #3 vs. BCS #6
Capital One Bowl (Game 3) – BCS #4 vs. BCS #5
Fiesta Bowl (Game 4) - BCS #2 vs. BCS #7

Final 4 – Final 8 Date + 1 Week
Orange Bowl (Game 5) – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Sugar Bowl (Game 6) – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Championship Game – Final 4 + 1 Week or Sat. Prior to SuperBowl
Rose Bowl (Game 7) – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

10:35 AM


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