Many years ago yours truly submitted a college football playoff system to the editor of a nationally published weekly sports magazine.
In the breakdown, we incorporated all of the conference champions and the best of the independent schools.
During that season the listed semifinals were Texas vs. Alabama and Nebraska vs. Notre Dame. The champion was projected as Nebraska.
Shockingly, one of the staff writers took the idea and rode with it. Preparing a full spread on the process.
How much money was paid for that idea? The price of the postage on the "Thank You" card received a week later from our publishing friends who, shall we say, like to Illustrate their Sports.
You grow up quickly in the writing game when you are looking for dough to survive instead of promoting ideas for consideration.
How did the season actually play out that year?
Nebraska went undefeated during the regular season and met Alabama in the Orange Bowl for what turned out to be the National Championship deciding contest.
Leading all the way, Alabama ended Nebraska's dreams of a perfect season, 39-28. The Crimson Tide was awarded the AP National Title.
The Cornhuskers were led by their brilliant Fullback, 5'8" 158 pound Frank Solich, who made up for what he lacked in size with grit and determination.
It should not be lost on anyone that Frank Solich is still in the post season business. As head coach of Ohio University, he has the Bobcats in the Little Caesar's Bowl this season.
To the point, the listed playoff system provided two of the finalists for the title.
Due to such success early on, there is a book on this table which contains all of the past seasons of this personal playoff system.
Oh, it has been modified over the years due to conference expansion, the slide from major college football by the Ivy and the Southern Conferences, and the demise of the once beloved by sportsmen, Independent teams.
Nowadays, we must have two playoff system breakdowns. One for the pre-season rankings and the other after the final regular season games and conference champions are declared.
The following is the latest in a long line of Baby Tate's Playoff System.