THE NEW PLAYOFF PROPOSAL...
ALREADY BCS GAMES
BCS National Championship Game: $17 million payout
Sugar Bowl: $17 million payout
Orange Bowl: $17 million payout
Rose Bowl: $17 million payout
Fiesta Bowl: $17 million payout
ADD TWO EXTRA "BCS GAMES" TO THE ABOVE
The two highest "non-BCS" payouts are the Cotton Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. So offer them first bump up to BCS status...if they don't want to pony up the $17 million dollar payout...offer the next bowl down the list. But, for argument, say they accept.
Cotton Bowl: $17 million payout
Capital One Bowl: $17 million payout
Now that you have seven "BCS Games" and a sponsor established...
Go to all of these bowl games and accept bids from these sponsors for who would bid, say, $20 million for the semifinal games, with the championship game to get $25 million.
Also since there is more money involved for advancing, lower that $17 million dollar payout on those divisional rounds down to $15 million apiece.
Decide which bowls are willing to pay an increase for semifinal games, and grant them those games.
Divisional final games will alternate between the bowl games each year (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5).
BCS system is still used to determine the strength of the conference and seeding. For instance, BCS concludes following the season that 1) SEC, 2) Big 12, 3) Big Ten, 4) ACC, 5) Pac-10, 6) Big East, 7) Mountain West, 8) WAC.
Neutral site only for the national championship game played at randomly selected sites all over the country.
Home-field advantage goes to top-rated seeds.
Realign the conferences to 10 teams per conference *THIS IS THE STICKY PART OF THIS ENTIRE PROPOSAL* (nine conference games, three out-of-conference games. No scheduling of I-AA opponents. Round-robin competition through the conference schedules...Conference champions from each of the eight playoff conferences get the eight bids into the playoffs for the national championship, with seeding determined by the BCS strength of conference.
Here is the overview including new payouts...for example...
Lets say following the season this is how the conference strength is determined by the BCS: 1) SEC, 2) Big 12, 3) Big Ten, 4) ACC, 5) Pac-10, 6) Big East, 7) Mountain West, 8) WAC.
So here would be the model for my proposal...
Cotton Bowl (Gainesville, Florida)
(No. 1-ranked SEC Champ) Florida vs. (No. 8-ranked WAC Champ) Boise State
Capital One Bowl (Austin, Texas)
(No. 2-ranked Big 12 Champ) Texas vs. (No. 7-ranked MWC Champ) Utah
Fiesta Bowl (Columbus, Ohio)
(No. 3-ranked Big Ten Champ) Ohio State vs. (No. 6-ranked Big East Champ) Cincinnati
Orange Bowl (Blacksburg, Virginia)
(No. 4-ranked ACC Champ) Virginia Tech vs. (No. 5-ranked Pac-10 Champ) USC
Winner of each of these matchups moves on, and higher seed gets home field. Example...say USC upsets Virginia Tech in their matchup, and Boise State beats Florida in their matchup, and the rest of the higher seeds win out in the divisional round...the semifinals look like this.
Rose Bowl (Los Angeles, California)
No. 5 USC vs. No. 8 Boise State
Sugar Bowl (Austin, Texas)
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Ohio State
BCS National Championship (TBA)
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 5 USC
This system would work. The sticky part to this plan is where you realign the two extra teams from the Big 12, SEC, and ACC, plus the extra team from the Big Ten. That is the only sticking point I see.
Every conference would have 10 teams, everybody plays everybody in the conference in the round robin format, and in case of ties in conferences, go with tiebreakers in following:
1) head to head vs. two teams in question...
2) if three teams, go with head to head...if that doesn't solve the tie, go to BCS SoS.
The BCS is still involved in the process, and the bowls are still in the process.
You eliminate conference championship games that waste a week where you could have a viable playoff.
Each conference is still getting its money from the playoff/bowl profits.
By using a home field advantage system, you reward the conference winners in the most competitive conferences with home field advantages. This promotes the conferences striving for excellence within its members' programs and teams playing challenging non-conference games being rewarded in tiebreaker situations, instead of penalized by a possible loss.
You also can't say that the regular season doesn't matter any longer. Clearly through this system, the conference schedule directly dictates who represents the conference in the playoffs.
The MAC, Sun Belt, and Conference USA would not be BCS conferences. They would get the opportunity to play for smaller (non-playoff) bowls. Why, you say? Because they haven't proved they can get teams to be BCS busters, and unlike the WAC and MWC conferences, they are weaker conferences as a whole.
The WAC and Mountain West, despite what people think, are good conferences and have shown the improvement to deserve BCS status. With increased television visibility, the bump to BCS conference status would make these programs all the more competitive in recruiting.
Regular Season Outline...
Twelve games of football with one bye week for every team (13 weeks total for regular season).
One bye week between regular season finale and beginning of playoffs for playoff teams.
MAXIMUM TIME: Two teams will end up playing 15 weeks of football.
The Problem...Conference Realignment...
This can be done. It just needs some massaging. Here is my idea...
Big Ten: loses Penn State and Northwestern, *Gets Notre Dame* to get to 10 teams.
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Notre Dame
SEC: loses Vanderbilt and Arkansas to get to 10 teams.
Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina
Big 12: loses Baylor, Colorado, and Iowa State. *Gets Arkansas* to get to 10 teams.
Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Arkansas
Pac-10: stays the same...
USC, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, California, Stanford, Washington State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State
ACC: loses Boston College, Maryland, and Duke. *Gets South Florida* to get 10 teams.
Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Florida
The Big East: loses South Florida. *Gets Penn State, Maryland, Boston College* to get 10 teams.
West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College, Penn State, Maryland
The WAC: *Gets Iowa State* to get 10 teams.
Boise State, Louisiana Tech, Fresno State, Hawaii, Utah State, New Mexico State, Nevada, Idaho, San Jose State, Iowa State
The MWC: *Gets Colorado* to get 10 teams.
TCU, BYU, Utah, Air Force, UNLV, San Diego State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado State, Colorado
The MAC: *Gets Northwestern* to get 14 teams (two divisions of seven teams). Nine conference games, three non-conference games. Conference championship game winner gets higher-paying bowl bid, along with championship. Runner-up in the conference championship game is guaranteed a bowl bid as well.
MAC EAST: Buffalo, Temple, Bowling Green, Ohio, Miami of Ohio, Akron, Kent State.
MAC WEST: Toledo, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Ball State, Northwestern.
Conference USA: *Gets Duke and Baylor* to get to 14 teams (two divisions of seven teams). Nine conference games, three non-conference games. Conference Championship game winner gets higher paying bowl bid, along with championship. Runner-up in the conference championship game is guaranteed a bowl bid as well.
C-USA EAST: UCF, UAB, Marshall, Southern Miss, Memphis, East Carolina, Duke.
C-USA WEST: Tulane, SMU, Houston, Rice, UTEP, Tulsa, Baylor.
The Sun Belt: *Gets Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, and Western Kentucky* to get 12 teams.
Sun Belt North: Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Navy, Army.
Sun Belt South: UL Monroe, UL Lafayette, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Troy, North Texas.
This realignment eliminates the independents and places them in conferences.
This realignment keeps geographic order for the most part.
This realignment allows the BCS conferences the 10 teams each to play round robins and come out with a true champion.
This is my new system. I think this is truly viable. Give me your thoughts on this and questions.
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