Everyone in college football may have their own opinions about the strongest conference, the best teams, coaches and schemes. But, many fans can agree on one thing: the BCS is a mess. Everyone came to that consensus when it became known that there will, in all likelihood, be a rematch between Alabama and LSU in the BCS National Championship. This is considering the fact that Alabama did not win their conference championship, and the fact that LSU already proved themselves against Alabama earlier in the season and defeated them in their own stadium.
This has many advocating for an actual BCS playoff system so teams can have the chance to play up front and earn their way to the BCS National Championship. This year has been one where the BCS has been so jacked up that they would actually match up two teams from the same conference that have already played each other in a rematch. Many may not even want to see the two face off again for the last game of the college football season.
But what if there was a playoff system with the top eight selected teams playing head-to-head for a shot at the National Championship? Here, we will take a look at the possible match-ups we could see if we had a BCS playoff system this year.
The first round of the playoffs would be as follows, with teams in the top eight spots (excluding USC, who remains out of post-season play as part of the NCAA restrictions) making the playoffs. The match-ups determine who plays who by the rank the team has, with the number one team playing the number eight team, number two playing the number seven team, number three playing number six, and number four playing number five. The selection would be as follows, with the predicted winner of the game below the match-up.
Note that Seeds 1 and 8 are on the same bracket as seeds 4 and 5. Meanwhile, seeds 2 and 7 are on the same bracket as 3 and 6.
No. 1 LSU vs No. 9 Wisconsin (would act as eighth seed)
Winner - LSU
No.4 Stanford vs. No.6 Oregon (would act as fifth seed)
Winner - Oregon
No. 2 Alabama vs No.8 Boise State (would act as seventh seed)
Winner - Alabama
No.3 Oklahoma State vs. No.7 Arkansas
Winner - Oklahoma State
The next round would be as follows, with the match-ups lining up as follows, with the winners of each heading to play in the BCS National Championship.
No. 1 LSU vs No. 5 Oregon
No. 2 Alabama vs. No.3 Oklahoma State
Winner: Oklahoma State
After some major upsets in the first round, both of these teams have made it to college football's biggest stage thanks to the playoffs:
No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Oregon.
It was tough for both teams, but their high octane offenses and ability to make just enough plays on defense allowed them both to get here. It's surprising not to see any SEC teams here, but LSU could not quite pull through in the final seconds against Oregon, and Oklahoma State's defense has been able to force some turnovers and give it back to their offense, who took advantage of the opportunity. Both Mike Gundy and Chip Kelly head aggressive offenses, but in the end, Oregon's speed proves too much for the Cowboys' defense to handle.
Winner: Oregon Ducks
This is what a BCS playoff system could be like, especially in a season like this one.