Southern Fried Playoff: How to Make CFB Better than Ever!
The Southern Fried Playoff (SFPO) is a simple 16-team single-elimination tournament that would integrate some of the existing bowl venues while allowing the other bowls to thrive and prosper.
SFPO qualification is simple. Win your conference and you are in, period.
Each conference can determine a champion as they see fit, with a championship game of divisional winners or a round-robin with tie breakers, leave it up to each conference.
Notre Dame and the other independents might want to join a conference but they don’t have to.
In addition to the conference champions, five "at-large" entrants would be included based on the composite rankings from the AP, USA Today, and Harris Interactive polls.
The "at large" bids would go to the five highest ranked "non" champions, irrespective of conference affiliation.
This would virtually guarantee that no deserving team is left out, nor does it unfairly "lock out" the Boise States and TCUs of the world.
For Part I see: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/304181-ncaas-plantationthe-bcs-is-holding-tcu-and-all-of-mid-america-down
How it would work
First, shift the start of CFB back one week and let games begin in the last week of August instead of the first week of September.
Second, reduce the schedule to 11 games, with an allowance for a 12th game for conferences with a championship game. I’m not bothered by 12 game schedules but am cognizant of those that complain the added games could impact the student-athlete.
After taking one week off after the conference championship games, which would have played out over Thanksgiving weekend, the "Bowl Season" would begin the following Saturday with a slate of 20 Bowl games that could be played up to Christmas Eve.
Christmas day and weekend would see the first round of the playoffs in venues such as the Cotton Bowl, Holiday, Peach (Chic-Fil-A), etc.
New Year’s Day would see the National Semi-Finals (second round) at the venues that currently make up the big four BCS games(Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Rose).
One week later, you would all be glued to your televisions for the CFB Final Four!
After a week off or one week prior to Super Bowl Sunday, stage the College Football Super Bowl (National Championship Game).
The CFB Final Four and College Super Bowl would be moved from City to City like the Super Bowl and NCAA Basketball Final Four.
I have no doubt, and I’m guessing you don’t either, that this would quickly become the greatest and most profitable overall sporting event/series on the planet.
If the SFPO were in use today, this is what we would be looking forward to:
Christmas Day—SFPO first round:
(1) Alabama vs. (16) Troy
(8) Ohio State vs. (9) Georgia Tech
(3) Texas vs. (14) East Carolina
(6) Boise State vs. (11) Iowa
The Saturday after Christmas (first round continued):
(2) Cincinnati vs. (15) LSU
(5) Florida vs. (12) Central Michigan
Capital One Bowl
(4) TCU vs. (13) Virginia Tech
(7) Oregon vs. (10) Penn State
The National Semifinals on New Year’s Day:
Alabama vs. Ohio State
Texas vs. Iowa
The Saturday after New Year's Day (second round continued):
LSU vs. Florida
TCU vs. Oregon
CFB Super Bowl
The following Saturday: (Jan 9)
The College Football Final Four
LSU vs. TCU
Alabama vs. Texas
The College Super Bowl (Jan 16)
(Or the Sunday prior to the NFL's Super Bowl)
Alabama vs. TCU
The Final Four and CSB would rotate from Chicago to Miami, Dallas, Atlanta or whoever is the best/highest-bidding city for the year.
A Better Bowl Season
The remaining bowls, which would now have much better matchups and higher ranked teams would have played out prior to the start of the SFPO and would have looked something like this:
*Seed represents highest ranked teams not included in SFPO:
Independence Bowl: (B12 vs. SEC) Nebraska (9-4) vs. Ole Miss (8-4)
Sun Bowl: (Pac-10 vs. B10) Arizona (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (9-3)
Music City Bowl:(ACC vs. BE) Boston College (8-4) vs. West Virginia (9-3)
Humanitarian Bowl: (MWC vs. WAC) BYU (10-2) vs. Nevada (8-4)
New Orleans Bowl: (CUSA vs. Sun Belt) Houston (10-2) vs. MTSU (9-3)
Little Caesars Bowl: (B10 vs. MAC) Northwestern (8-4) vs. Ohio (9-4)
Papajohns.com Bowl: (BE vs. SEC) Pitt (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5)
Texas Bowl: (B12 vs. CUSA) Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Navy (8-4)
Emerald Bowl: (ACC vs. Pac-10) Oregon State (8-4) vs. Clemson (8-5)
GMAC Bowl: (ACC vs. MAC) Miami (9-3) vs. Temple (9-3)
Poinsettia Bowl: (MWC vs. Pac-10) Utah (9-3) vs. Stanford (8-4)
Hawaii Bowl: (SEC vs. WAC) UGA (7-5) vs. Fresno State (8-4)
Champs Sports Bowl: (B12 vs. B10) Texas Tech (8-4) vs. UConn (7-5)
International Bowl: (BE vs. WAC) Rutgers (8-4) vs. Idaho (7-5)
Liberty Bowl: (CUSA vs. SEC) UCF (8-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5)
Armed Forces Bowl: (CUSA vs. B12) SMU (7-5) vs. Missouri (8-4)
EagleBank Bowl: (Pac-10 vs. MWC) UNC (8-4) vs. Air Force (7-5)
Meineke Bowl: (ACC vs. BE) UNC (8-4) vs. South Florida (7-5)
Las Vegas Bowl: (SEC vs. Pac-10) South Carolina (7-5) vs. USC (8-4)
St. Petersburg Bowl: (B12 vs. SEC) Oklahoma (7-5) vs. Auburn (7-5)
New Mexico Bowl: (SEC vs. MAC) Kentucky (7-5) vs. Bowling Green (7-5)
I just don’t know how it could get any better than that, if you do please explain.