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Here's Your Eff-Bee-Essin' Playoff! (2009 Edition)

Scott PusichCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2009

Well, here we are again... the beauty pageant judges have had their say and the crystal tiara... *cough* uh, ball... is prepared for Pasadena.

I not only believe that the August preseason FBS polls bias the eventual results of the December beauty pageant; I believe that the current BCS system is a sorry attempt to cover up the deep and permanent flaws in that pageant with a bright and shiny (superficial) coating. Somewhat equivalent to this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/02/victorias-secret-20-layer_n_376969.html

And now that it's all over but the shouting... oh, and the Army-Navy game, which I predict will end up taking place in January if current trends continue... it's time to provide the scenario for this year's eight-team playoff.

Those who haven't read my articles before can refer to the templates I gave for an FBS playoff (both eight-team and 16-team formats) in several articles from last season. Here's the original one:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/51983-broken-championship-system-heres-how-to-fix-it

Here is last season's information to update that article:

2008: Actual pairings (what actually happened)

  • BCS Championship: (1) Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. (2) Florida (SEC)
  • Rose Bowl: (5) USC (Pac-10) vs. (8) Penn State (Big "11")
  • Fiesta Bowl: (3) Texas (at-large) vs. (10) Ohio State (at-large)
  • Sugar Bowl: (4) Alabama (at-large) vs. (6) Utah (at-large)
  • Orange Bowl*: (12) Cincinnati (Big East) vs. (19) Virginia Tech (ACC)

* = At same site as BCS Championship

2008: Quarterfinals (what could have been)

  • Rose Bowl: (5) USC (Pac-10) vs. (8) Penn State (Big "11")
  • Fiesta Bowl: (1) Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. (12) Cincinnati (Big East)
  • Sugar Bowl: (2) Florida (SEC) vs. (6) Utah* (at-large)
  • Orange Bowl: (19) Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. (3) Texas (at-large)

"Losers":  (4) Alabama* , (7) Texas Tech, (9) Boise State,  (10) Ohio State  (teams in bold do not remain in one of the four BCS bowls in the quarterfinal scenario)

* = As loser of conference championship, Alabama is not eligible for eight-team playoff.

And here is this season's information, fresh off the press:

2009: Actual pairings (what actually happened)

  • BCS Championship: (1) Alabama (SEC) vs. (2) Texas (Big 12)
  • Fiesta Bowl: (4) TCU (at-large) vs. (6) Boise State (at-large)
  • Sugar Bowl: (3) Cincinnati (Big East) vs. (5) Florida (at-large)
  • Orange Bowl: (9) Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. (10) Iowa (at-large)
  • Rose Bowl*: (7) Oregon (Pac-10) vs. (8) Ohio State (Big "11")

* = At same site as BCS Championship

2009: Quarterfinals (what could have been)

  • Rose Bowl: (7) Oregon (Pac-10) vs. (8) Ohio State (Big "11")
  • Fiesta Bowl: (2) Texas (Big 12) vs. (4) TCU (at-large)
  • Sugar Bowl: (1) Alabama (SEC) vs. (6) Boise State (at-large)
  • Orange Bowl: (3) Cincinnati (Big East) vs. (9) Georgia Tech (ACC)

"Losers":  (5) Florida*,   (10) Iowa  (teams in bold do not remain in one of the four BCS bowls in the quarterfinal scenario)

* = As loser of conference championship, Florida is not eligible for eight-team playoff.

As noted in my preview of the 2009 season, the semifinals and final ("Football Final Four") should take place at a fifth site, preferably a dome, due to the likelihood of poor weather.

I gave Ford Field in Detroit at the example for the current season (2009), and the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis at the example for last season (2008).

Of course, for the right amount of money, the new Cowboys Stadium (in Arlington, TX) could be made the permanent site of a "Football Final Four" in addition to the traditional Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 1 being considered as a "Best of the Rest" matchup for teams that just missed out on the playoff.

This year, for example, Florida and Iowa are the two obvious choices to meet in the Cotton Bowl, since they were the only teams in the Top 10 left out of the playoff. Contrast this with last year, 2008, when there would have been four possible teams considered for the "Best of the Rest."

Note that under this system, the four bowls named would all take place on the traditional day of Jan. 1 (or Jan. 2 if the 1st falls on a Sunday), and that only the Cotton Bowl, as a "Best of the Rest" matchup, would be allowed to share that day.

The other TWENTY-EIGHT bowl games would have to make do with the other FIFTY-SIX teams, pretty much the same as they do now.

So, fans of the Humanitarian Bowl (for example), fear not! Nothing will change for you! You will continue to see the same mediocre teams at your bowl game that you always have! ;-)

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