BCS Playoff Rumors: Proposed New System a Win-Win For All Parties Involved
The BCS is finally changing its ways and somehow they have found a method of keeping everyone involved in the process happy.
In this proposed system, there will be four teams eligible for a championship at the end of the season. Based on the typical BCS computer rankings, the top four teams (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3) will square off and the winners of those two games would meet in the championship game.
So how are they keeping the greedy BCS suits happy?
The location of these two games would be the typical host site of one of the major BCS bowls. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated uses the example that if Alabama was the top seed, then their No. 1 vs. No. 4 matchup would be played at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. If USC was the No. 2 seed in that same scenario, the game would be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The issue that still needs to be worked out is how to ensure the BCS bowl locations are all properly rotated. Considering the ACC hasn’t produced a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the last 12 years, the Orange Bowl would be left out in the cold. So the final decision on the location of this four-team tournament is still up in the air.
This may not be exactly what the fans want, but it’s as close as their going to get. The fans are treated to a “Final Four” of sorts where the top four teams are all placed in a single elimination two-round tournament.
Fans can feel like there is some real justice with a true champion, not just a computer result. Most people (me included) would love an eight or even 16 team tournament, but that would ruin bowl games as we know it and the suits would never go for it.
Is a four-team playoff system the right solution?
While the new system won’t go into effect for at least two years and the final plan isn’t set, college football fans have to be absolutely thrilled about what’s going on right now.
The NCAA and BCS have finally acknowledged there is a problem with the postseason in college football and are working together to fix it. A solution to one of the biggest problems in sports is going to be resolved soon.
They've taken over a decade to listen, but finally fans are being heard by the NCAA and BCS, and the days of a potential split national championship are going to be a distant memory.
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