What If the BCS Had a Playoff This Year?

Nick BachContributor IDecember 22, 2008

There needs to be a BCS Playoff system. I've already blogged about how since there's no playoff, the Big Ten needs to add teams and crown its own conference champ.  Read about "My Plan to fix the Big Ten and save College Football."

Keep the bowl games—I don't care how you figure them out. Let the BCS figure that part out on their own. The playoffs would be a 16-team, 15-game, three-week, action-packed love fest of college football.

In early December you have figured out your 16 teams. This year they should be as follows:

1. Florida
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Alabama
5. Texas Tech
6. USC
7. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Utah
10. TCU
11. Boise State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Cincinnati
14. Georgia
15. Ball State
16. Virginia Tech

From here on out the playoffs look eerily similar to the NCAA Basketball Tourney. That's because it makes the most sense and is the most fair, all while being exciting and, dare I say, making a crap load of money.

How many office pools a year are there for March Madness? Okay, now how many for BCS, NFL, MLB, NHL, Little League World Series, and the Triple Crown? I'll bet if you add ALL of them up, they won't even come close to the number of office pools for the NCAA Men's Basketball.

I'll bet most American teams from the LLWS have pools, every floor of every office building in New York, LA, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philadelphia has pools, and there's a 5'2" inch Inuit in Kotzebue, Alaska who's won his pool three years in a row.

So it goes like this:

1 vs. 16
2 vs. 15
3 vs. 14
4 vs. 13
5 vs. 12
6 vs. 11
7 vs. 10
8 vs. 9

If you don't understand that, unplug your computer, put it in a box, and drop it off at your nearest Goodwill. Now, in my version of the playoffs, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, USC, Oklahoma, TCU, Alabama, and Texas Tech make it to the second round.

We have some pretty sweet matchups here. Number 1 Florida plays number 8 Ohio State in an epic battle. Tebow gets sacked five times and the Buckeye defense plays outstanding. Terrelle Pryor throws for two touchdowns and runs for one, and they beat Florida by 10.

Number 6 USC plays Number 3 Texas in a battle royale. USC upsets Texas with 1:23 left on the clock to play in a highly anticipated and moneymaking rematch versus a healthy and fired-up Ohio State football team.

Number 4 Alabama goes up against Texas Tech, and the Crimson Tide rolls by 17 and Texas Tech shows that maybe SEC defenses really ARE better than Big 12 defenses. Number 10 TCU goes up against number 2 Oklahoma Sooners. Again, the Big 12 is overrated, and it shows. Oklahoma just can't last against the incredible defensive display by TCU.

So our final four looks like this:

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 6 USC and No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 10 TCU.

Ohio State, healthy and a completely different team, beats USC by 13 to win a spot in the BCS title game. Alabama fights a tough TCU team, but since they played and lost to Florida earlier in the SEC Title game, they learned from their mistakes playing a good defense and run for 160 yards.

Now the game everyone has been waiting for—the National Title game. Ohio State vs. Alabama, Buckeyes vs. the Crimson Tide, The Program vs. The Capstone. After a great game and the cheers from the Alabama cheerleaders about how the Tide is a fourth quarter team, the Buckeyes come out of nowhere and score 14 unanswered points to win by 11 and are crowned National Champs.

Yes, I am a fan of the Garnet and Grey, but this outcome is completely possible and makes a LOT of sense. If the Big Ten got its head out of it's proverbial ass, and the SEC, Big 12, and Pac-10 realized how much MORE money they could make, it would happen. Obama, get it done!


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