A Potential BCS Tournament Solution: Playoffs?! We're Talking About Playoffs!?
Since we're coming upon time for NCAA coaches to start complaining about the BCS system, I thought it'd be fun to try to make up my own playoffs for college football.
I believe a big point that would have to be made is the BCS ranking system can still stay in place if they want it so bad. The top 16 teams play in this postseason. The number of bowls still can add up to the 34 bowl games with the 15 games in my brackets.
Unfortunately, though, this is where you'd lose interest in the uppers of the NCAA world. I'll be taking a few bids from conferences. I would not take it from the lower conferences because it would not be fair to do that to them since they're the group that really needs the bowl money.
These games would be played at the current bowl locations and would rotate every year. Here's how my bracket would work if the season and conference champs were crowned today and the rankings we're finalized today.
Game One: No. 5 Oklahoma (9-1) vs. No. 12 Missouri (8-2)
Played Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Music City Bowl
Game Two: No. 3 Texas (9-1) vs. No. 14 Ball State (9-0)
Played Dec. 16th at 8 p.m. in the Insight Bowl
Game Three: No. 7 Utah (8-1) vs. No. 10 Georgia (8-2)
Played Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Game Four: No. 1 Alabama (10-0) vs. No. 16 North Carolina (7-2)
Played Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Outback Bowl
Game Five: No. 6 USC (8-1) vs. No. 11 Ohio St. (8-2)
Played Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Capital One Bowl
Game Six: No. 4 Florida (8-1) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-2)
Played Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Gator Bowl
Game Seven: No. 8 Penn State (9-1) vs. No. 9 Boise State (9-0)
Played Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl
Game Eight: No. 2 Texas Tech (10-0) vs. No. 15 Michigan State (9-2)
Played Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Liberty Bowl
By holding the first round in the middle of the week, the NCAA can have the side bowls from Dec. 20-25. Plus, it keeps the college game from trying to compete with the NFL. Next round would go as follows:
Game Nine: Game Five winner vs. Game Seven winner
Played Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the International Bowl
Game 10: Game One winner vs. Game Three winner
Played Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. in the GMAC Bowl
Game 11: Game Eight winner vs. Game Six winner
Played Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Rose Bowl
Game 12: Game Four winner vs. Game Two winner
Played Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Orange Bowl
I split those last four games up on Friday and Saturday to avoid running into competition from the NFL. The next set of games are spaced to where the NCAA can have more bowl games like it usually has. The next set of games are the semifinals.
Game 11 winner vs. Game Nine winner
Played Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Sugar Bowl
Game 12 winner vs. Game 10 winner
Played Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Fiesta Bowl
The Championship game would continually be rotated among the stadiums that are already in the rotation for the game.
Round Three winners
Played Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game
These could make for some very good matchups and games. The NCAA could've put into place a tournament-style postseason a while ago. Unfortunately for the fans, greed and power have gotten in the way.
These guys make millions off each of the bowl games, and all the students get in return are stipends. In reality it's the student athletes that bring in the money for the colleges.
You're probably thinking it's been said before, this I know, but a tournament style using the BCS computer system and cutting down on a bid or two from the bigger conferences would raise the value of the games and team wins.
Just imagine instead of having two teams getting picked by a computer, the NCAA has 16 teams that have a chance to actually earn a shot to the title game and play for the title!
One day maybe we'll get to see it come true, but, for now, we're just gonna have to live with a chip and motherboard picking the games we "want to" watch.
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