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A Playoff System that would work


All figures are from the 2000 College Football season

Personally I don't believe that the current BCS system gives us much. In 2000, had Oklahoma lost, we would have had a disputed national champion. A playoff system would fix that, because the national championship would be decided in a single game provided by a tournament type form. I believe that a playoff system would increase interest in college football during the postseason taking on the form of a March Madness. Here's my plan:

1. The tournament would be a 16-team format conducted much like the NCAA basketball tournament. This would lead to 15 games, a good portion of the current bowl system.
2. The current BCS rankings would be used to figure teams and placings, BUT any team ranked one spot lower than a team they have beaten shall switch spots with that team. This will be the case for placings and for any for teams fighting for the 16th spot.
3. The first, second, and semifinal round games will be played on Saturdays starting the weekend after the Army-Navy and conference championship games.

This year's schedule would have looked like this:
First round games: Dec. 9
Second round games: Dec. 16
Semifinals*: Dec. 23
Championship and third place game: Jan. 4
*- If the Semifinals were to fall on Christmas Day they will be moved to Friday night (Christmas Eve)

4. Six automatic bids are to be rewarded to the conference champions in the current conferences that get automatic bids in the BCS (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, SEC).
5. Two more automatic bids would be rewarded to the highest ranked (using the current BCS formula) teams that are not in the six "major" conferences. These bids would be awarded to teams in the Big West (Sun Belt in 2001), Confernce USA, MAC, MWC, WAC and any independents (yes, that means Notre Dame).
6. The remaining 8 bids would be at-large bids and go to the highest-ranked teams not recieving automatic bids.
7. The seeds will be determined solely on the current BCS rankings.

Here is a sample for what would happen. The data and rankings used here are from Collegebcs.com. Teams with automatic bids are marked with a asterisk(*).


1 Oklahoma*
16 Purdue*

8 Nebraska
9 Kansas St.

5 Virginia Tech
12 Texas

4 Washington*
13 Georgia Tech

3 Miami*
14 TCU*

6 Oregon St.
11 Notre Dame*

7 Florida*
10 Oregon

2 Florida St.*
15 Clemson

What do you think?: e-mail me or leave a post on the messageboard.