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In the first round the highest ranked undefeated team plays the lowest ranked. The teams are then re ranked after the results of the first games. Then we do the same thing all over again. Starting with the 2nd round, each team plays the team ranked directly below them. So 1 plays 2. Then we do the same thing all over again in the 3rd week. By the end of these 3 weeks the number of undefeated teams are reduced, and there is the real possibility that there are no undefeated teams left.

Any and every Non AQ undefeated team is going to get their chance. We will have had some amazing matchups between conferences and probably even intra conference. And on the bottom of the heap, every winless team is going to face another winless or at worst a very poor team and have a chance to get on the board with a win.

More importantly, the rankings in the BCS system will now reflect the results of games designed to be competitive. By the end of the season, the likelihood that they two best teams are competing in the championship game has increased substantially. What about the money? How much do you think the value of these games will increase for current TV partners? How much will sponsors pay to brand this tournament? How much more excited will fans be?

Of course there is the issue of who gets the home game in this series, that can be handled via a flip of a coin. And there is the costs associated with uncertain travel expenses, which can easily be picked up via sponsorship and increased TV revenues. And what about the Bowl Games?

If Boise State knocked Penn State from the ranks of the undefeated in the first match-up game, but both ended up with 2 or 3 losses, why not a re-match? What does everyone think? Even in a playoff system, someone will always be disappointed. But I do think that this works within the current system in a manner that is completely in control of school ADs who do the scheduling and works within the guidelines set by the BCS and the NCAA as far as I could tell in a first pass look , and results in a far better chance of the BCS Championship game hosting the two best teams.

Here it is…. As I watched the LSU vs. It had that big game feel and it led me to think of a great BCS playoff format that would make everyone happy…. The big difference comes in what happens with those 10 teams… 3. Seed the BCS teams Have seeds play each other in three of the BCS bowls which would rotate on a yearly basis i.

Basketball has the NCAA tournament to get a final four, in this format the season is the tournament and the final four is based on final BCS rankings. The NCAA and schools would be even more popular and make more money. The time frame of the games would remain the same with the BCS bowls being played on or around New Years day and the Championship game a week or two later. Comment by breal99 - January 25, at pm. Pingback: Mark Cuban Vs. This solves the where to play when problem, lets the bowls be bowls, and allows for sub par teams to have something to play for at the end of the season.

Comment by skilesare - January 17, at pm. Tca vs Auburn Go Tca Go…. The last Year was the best session of his life. I hope Brendon make his into the NBA. A very strange and social boy he is. Comment by leuchte11 - January 16, at pm. Comment by strayimp - January 16, at am. Argument about whether a team got shafted moves from 3rd place team to 5th, 9th, 17th, etc where no one will care.

Formula can probably be tweaked any of additional ways to make it better. Get rid of month long layoff between Thanksgiving and Bowl Season. At most two weeks, then a week playoff culminating with Champ. If you want to keep multiple bowls on New Years tradition, have consolation games among teams that lost in earlier rounds. Comment by smorkingapple - January 15, at pm.

Comment by Matches Malone - January 15, at am. Reasonable rates. Your niche may be a bit too narrow, unless you believe you can keep this conversation going throughout the year. Maybe I can help with that…. I do think what needs to be done is a team playoff that would give every conference champion at least one home game with the top conference champs getting two home games and also incorporating the existing BCS Bowl games into the mix and otherwise keeping the existing bowl system pretty much in tact.

You can see much more at:. Comment by wallyhorse - January 14, at pm. You will have some teams with more difficult schedules at the beginning of the year than at the end.

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Finally, what purpose does winning the mid-season tournament provide the winning team? What needs to happen is simple-a playoff scenario that incorporates every conference champion. Anything else is substandard and all excuses against it can be argued against. Name me another sport where a team can take the field, win every game they play, yet are not considered the best team because of a few votes, or the conference they play in. I think that the current set up is disrespectful to the players that play the game and the fans who follow it.

Right now I am just linking to stories, but I will add features once I see traffic increasing. Comment by gtstigall - January 14, at pm. To me, the real problem has always been the college Presidents are worried about two factions:. Donors who in some cases are not exactly fond of sports and might withold endowments and other things to protest a playoff in college football. That said, I do think we need a team playoff in college football that would incorporate the existing BCS Bowls into it and also keep the existing Bowl system pretty much as it is.

Comment by wallyhorse - January 14, at am. Why dont the big 6 conferences rotate so that they play say 2 of the other conferences each year? In one of the two games the prior years 1 teams play each other and so on…in the other game, it is a random draw between teams in the conference done a year or two ahead of time…then each school has 1 week they can schedule a cream puff AA school probably week one like a preseason game , then 4th non conference game can be reserved for a rivalry game or has to be against a non AQ team.

If every year each top team played a top team from 2 other conferences, we would see the schedules even out more…. At the end of the year we could use the bowl system as a playoff system if people want…I hate the argument that it would make the other bowls irrelevant…does anyone really think the Armed Forces Bowl is as prestigious as the Rose Bowl? Of course not…just use the BCS bowls plus the cotton bowl and capital one bowl.

And the regular season still means the same because if you dont win your conference you are SOL… actually makes regular season and winning conference more important then now! No second BCS bid to look forward to like now… Also everyone basically plays a similar schedule, there are more interesting matchups, the conferences have early season bragging rights by having all of their teams play each other. And the Non AQs have a chance but only the top 2 each year which eliminates the weaker ones who may squeak by on an easier schedule.

Comment by zshultz - January 13, at pm. I too have expressed thoughts of how to better accommodate what is clearly of high demand, please check out centrasian. With you, and others of high profile in the world of sports showing their support, I believe it is only a matter time. Comment by centrasian - January 13, at pm. Pingback: Blogging… jemiller Same applies to airfare, which is often cheaper and more flexible options as far as departure times if it it bought way in advance. As opposed to the cupcake games which would have been home games.

Comment by jemiller19 - January 13, at pm. Comment by lionhyena - January 13, at am. I totally love your idea overall. I love the regular season, but at the same time there is nothing worse than seeing an undefeated team not win it all. I would just tweak a few things.

Conference expansion should really help move this along.

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There is no reason for any given team in a 12 team conference to have to play more than 7 in conference regular season games a year. If you have a 12 team conference than any one given team faces the the 5 other teams in their division and up to two from the other division. If you add in the conference championship game then you have a total of 8 in conference games and 9 if we include the one cupcake game. A bowl game and a possible championship game if we go with the plus one model gives us a total of then 9 or 10 games.

This then gives you 3 games to work with. Only once has a team from a AQ conference finished the entire season undefeated and not won the national championship Auburn in the BCS era. This leads me to believe that a tournament would be too much. A better idea would be to:. Week 2 of the season: First off after every season all the conferences are ranked based on some computer ranking. Actually another idea would be to rank the conferences based on their bowl records from the previous season.

This would create some interest in all the bowl games. Anyways the conferences are ranked the 12th being the independants…actually there are only 4 independants so there would have to be some more moving around and the conferences would face off. In each case the highest ranked teams face off and then the 2nd highest ranked teams face off. This should be done one more time mid season, but this time maybe we rank the conference based on how well they did the first time.

This would create even more interest in the earlier games. This is then done a final time where we make sure that if there are more than two undefeateds left they play each other. I also feel like their will be too many one loss teams in your system. I love where you going with this overall though. Good luck! Comment by eric - January 12, at pm. I think the current system works pretty well. Which is a big part of what is so great about CFB. It would significantly increase the likelihood that an injury or a bad call determines the national championship.

Comment by jonottawa - January 12, at pm. You start with the power conferences and work your way down the list. How ever long it takes, get buy-in from the SEC, then the Pac 10, or the Big 10, or however you want to rank order them. Call any conference commissioner, fly him down for a Mavericks game, spend time laying out the benefits read: money of what creating a true National Championship brings in terms of prestige.

Need help? Call me. Comment by florida - January 12, at pm. It seems to me its traditions are what set it apart. A playoff system is the ultimate tradition killer, and something that should never take place. Make conference championships mean something again. This allows teams to schedule better in the NC more local rivalries, tougher games acting a tune-ups, no penalty for NC loss , adds a pseudo playoff round 1 in the conference title games and realigns the bowl alliances of years ago to be played on New Years Day again keeping traditions and allowing for at larges such as TCU and Boise access I think it was Feista and half of the Orange…used to be ND and Miami every year.

Not worth it. Let college football be different. Comment by kwoodfan1 - January 12, at pm. The only thing I think some will have problems with is… back to money. Teams and their conference get money for going to bowls and, in this scenario, teams will go to multiple bowls in order to advance in the playoffs. I think that could be fixed as well… Pool all the money that would have been given out to teams in the bowls and disseminate it to the Top 12 teams and their conferences based on FINAL ranking.

Mark, I wish you well in this venture. Many college fans would be overjoyed that it is finally fixed! Comment by chigdon73 - January 12, at pm. And certainly any system, such as yours posted, which puts more competitive games into the top teams schedules will make the result closer to said goal. All D1A teams can win a Championship each year if they play perfectly. I think this is the main point that sticks in the craw of the general public. This is my main goal. But your underlying point, that a team league, with a 12 team schedule, is hard to resolve to a champion without central scheduling control, is right on the button.

The NCAA keeps wanting to abdicate central control of the colleges and the current scheduling ratsnest is the result. Comment by darvon86 - January 12, at pm. Comment by Tom Nielsen - January 12, at pm. As usual, innovative solution to a sticky problem. And consider that TCU beat a Wisconsin team who, down the stretch, was scoring about 70 points per game. Should one-loss teams with plenty of momentum rolling into the post season be excluded from this consideration. A tournament style format would likely include them.

Eventually, the powers that be expanded the tournament, rightly so. The BCS brantrust? Comment by jwtrolli42 - January 12, at pm. All the scenarios we can come up with are moot until you solve the financial problem. You stated that you can solve this with your means. Possible, but improbable, sad to say. A workable solution can placate those individuals and entities. The problem lies with the ADs and the coaches.

Every AD and every coach both assistant and head have bonus structures in their contracts that reward them financially for simply making a bowl game. The prestige of the bowl game can sometimes increase the payout. While you financial means can solve the dollars to the participating schools and conference issue, you cannot solve the issue of the payments to these coaches and ADs from the schools they represent. So my solution is to keep the bowls. How do you do that and make a playoff?

Here is my scenario. Seeding is done by BCS ranking. Seeds have home game versus seeds in regular tourney format. These bowls get played in their normal time slots around January 1. This one will be played at the sight of one of the games that did not have a final four matchup. All bowls remain. Regular season still meaningful — Top 12 ranked teams would be dominated by undefeated and one loss teams. Bowl tickets sold and packed stadiums — Many ideas include a 16 team playoff utilizing the bowls for the 15 games. All tickets would be sold because you are only counting on 5, or so visiting fans to travel.

In Summary, a 12 seed running the table would be financially feasible for its fans. Throw the billions a playoff tv deal would generate and I think the universities would act right pretty quick. Imagine a prime-time 15 game football championship, utilizing the existing BCS bowl structure! Comment by cbraaten - January 12, at am. Comment by Bmw - January 11, at pm.

My one suggestion is that any proposal that you come up with does not go over 8 teams in a playoff. Talk about diminishing the regular season. In a 16 team scenario, an elite program could easily lose 2 games and possibly 3 and still be in the playoffs without batting an eye. Look at some of the teams from this year for example that would be in a 16 team playoff: a mich state team ran off the field by Alabama. A Virginia tech team that lost to james Madison and got ran off the field by Stanford. This approach will also be more beneficial to your proposal because it consumes less time — which is one of your major roadblocks.

Comment by boxslayersports - January 11, at pm. Along with the meaningless exhibition bowl games an additional issue is the long layoff between the conclusion of the regular season and the bowl games. A 16 team playoff has NCAA precedent and can be instituted while maintaining the majority of the current bowl system. The BCS formula combined with league championships would select the 16 playoff participants. Compress the regular season schedule by removing bye weeks, and returning to the traditional eleven game schedule. Kick the playoffs off with the top seeds hosting the games over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

The second round would be played the following week, again with top seeds hosting the games. In two weeks, and no later than December 8, the semi-finalists will have been determined. Meanwhile, the existing bowl games would continue to operate as is. Selecting teams that did not qualify for the playoffs.

The existing bowl games would remain as relevant as they are today. Viewed and attended by fans of the participating schools and die hard college football fans. The semi-finals and championship would have more appeal as they are determined by a playoff. Plus, the first and second round games over Thanksgiving and the following weekend provide two bonus, meaningful weekends of college football. This system compromises determining a national champion via competition on the field and largely maintains the existing bowl system. Comment by thejasonmcclure - January 11, at pm. Pingback: Top Posts — WordPress.

This design was made to allow teams to opt in, rather than a fixed requirement. It also featured parameters to allow teams to specify how much of a difference they wanted between thier measure and their opponents measure. One major issue with this idea is that currently that is the heart of conference games. The established conferences relish their early season scrimmages prior to the conference schedule traditionalists consider the real college football season. Any mid season tournament would force conference games to the start of the season, a non starter for conferences like the PAC 10, with limited non-conference games and traditional non conference rivalries.

We would be far better served making two or three weekly invitationals throughout the season that are seeded each spring. The issue is scheduling teams that set aside games to participate with reasonable games. My sketch for this idea features awards teams with home games proportionally to their average home attendance. I would also include a pot to subsidize the payment of top tier FCS teams playing mid tier FBS teams where they now play top tier FBS teams, to keep the financial opportunity of these programs at the present level.

This would require a respected organization to work as an agent pairing teams and finalizing schedule negotiations. At a three percent commission on the TV contracts for the arranged games, such an organization should be very efficient at what they do. Comment by benprather - January 11, at pm. It was a rare occurrence when an independent like Notre Dame or Penn State qualified as 1 or 2 so they could play an at large game at the Orange or Sugar Bowl. Why does this have to be amount money? Money is what drives the bowl game profits for the bowl games, with a small portion going to the schools.

Why would the people with money want to change making money? So can you ever try to use logic to solve NCAA sports? I heard some guy in LA wants to privatize school athletics, give a portion back to schools and then have VC people run their athletic departments…how insane is that? One note on your cupcake games…who is going to then pay these schools the money they get today to get the crap beat out of them?

They are the ones who make money from signing up to get these beatings at the betterment of the other schools record. You are again hurting the little people to make more money for the people who already have the money to begin with. Comment by hudacity - January 11, at pm. Unfortunately, I also know no solution and can also no make a proposal for the change. But I also do not think that it is a question of the money.

But maybe other guys have good proposals which has read proposals I here, have liked me partly and some good proposals are present for the change. Comment by stefanh11 - January 11, at pm. The playoffs is whatisrich! All the rich people would love to see this for sure. When I watch the Mavs, I feel rich! Because really whatisrich?

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A week before Auburn vs Oregon came down to the final play we made the inquiries. TCU had only played 13 games. Oregon would only have played 13 games. Auburn, 14 games. If Oregon won , would it be possible to play TCU as their 14th game? The schools, on an off the record basis, were not opposed to it. The problem? It was a question of yes or no from the NCAA. We decided it was better not to actually pop the question to the NCAA. We decided to rethink the question of whether or not there should be a BCS playoff.

The first step in rethinking the process is to first work from the most likely premise and try to adapt it to the goal. To some, this may be a non-starter. I disagree. When you look at the system, the current BCS system it is actually a very, very good starting point for determining a national champion. It is not perfect.

It leaves a lot of money on the table. But maximizing revenue is not a stated goal of the BCS system. The BCS system actually reaches quite a few of its goals. It retains tradition. It makes every game of the regular season important. It retains some semblance of normality for student athletes schedules and it allows them to enjoy the unique experiences of the bowl system — a week in a cool location with family, friends, fans and teammates. You may argue about these goals, but the current system gets there from here. The one goal that is not arguable is that the best two teams are always in the BCS Championship game.

So I set off to think about whether or not there is a way to work within the current BCS system to optimize the likelihood that the last two teams playing were the two best teams. In technology there is the very simple principle of GIGO. No matter what the algorithm, if the data going in is incomplete or misapplied then the results will be less than optimal or just plain wrong.

THe problem with the BCS is that the data going into the system is bad. Yes we can argue about the polls the BCS uses and their problems of which they are many. But no polling or ranking system, whether built on votes or on technical analysis is going to be anywhere near perfect. Pretty much every BCS eligible school tries their best to game the system to put themselves in the best position to qualify for a bowl and to go undefeated.

There in lies the rub of the BCS system. Cupcakes distort the system. Rather than playing games that could further contract the number of teams in the championship hunt, these games increase the number. The first question in replacing cupcake games with BCS impactful is to ask whether or not teams can change their game schedules, many of which are planned years in advance. Particularly when you realize that the cupcakes take on the role of sacrificial lamb purely for the money.

It would be relatively easy to buy out the cupcakes. Then there is also the consideration that the cupcakes are scheduled so that schools can become bowl eligible. Bowl eligibility is not just about the experience, but also about the bonuses. Get to a bowl. Get paid. Nothing wrong with that. But in order for some to consider making their schedules more difficult they are going to want to have their bowl bonuses covered. We can do that as part of this new approach. We do the same with 1 loss teams, 2 loss teams, etc. So the best undefeated teams play each other in a 3 game playoff.

In the event there are an uneven number of undefeated teams, we take the highest ranking one loss team s. You do the same all the way down the line. In the first round the highest ranked undefeated team plays the lowest ranked. The teams are then re ranked after the results of the first games. Then we do the same thing all over again. Starting with the 2nd round, each team plays the team ranked directly below them. So 1 plays 2. Then we do the same thing all over again in the 3rd week. By the end of these 3 weeks the number of undefeated teams are reduced, and there is the real possibility that there are no undefeated teams left.

Any and every Non AQ undefeated team is going to get their chance. We will have had some amazing matchups between conferences and probably even intra conference. And on the bottom of the heap, every winless team is going to face another winless or at worst a very poor team and have a chance to get on the board with a win. More importantly, the rankings in the BCS system will now reflect the results of games designed to be competitive.

By the end of the season, the likelihood that they two best teams are competing in the championship game has increased substantially. What about the money? How much do you think the value of these games will increase for current TV partners?

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How much will sponsors pay to brand this tournament? How much more excited will fans be? Of course there is the issue of who gets the home game in this series, that can be handled via a flip of a coin. And there is the costs associated with uncertain travel expenses, which can easily be picked up via sponsorship and increased TV revenues. And what about the Bowl Games? If Boise State knocked Penn State from the ranks of the undefeated in the first match-up game, but both ended up with 2 or 3 losses, why not a re-match?

What does everyone think? Even in a playoff system, someone will always be disappointed. But I do think that this works within the current system in a manner that is completely in control of school ADs who do the scheduling and works within the guidelines set by the BCS and the NCAA as far as I could tell in a first pass look , and results in a far better chance of the BCS Championship game hosting the two best teams. Here it is…. As I watched the LSU vs. It had that big game feel and it led me to think of a great BCS playoff format that would make everyone happy….

The big difference comes in what happens with those 10 teams… 3. Seed the BCS teams Have seeds play each other in three of the BCS bowls which would rotate on a yearly basis i. Basketball has the NCAA tournament to get a final four, in this format the season is the tournament and the final four is based on final BCS rankings.

The NCAA and schools would be even more popular and make more money. The time frame of the games would remain the same with the BCS bowls being played on or around New Years day and the Championship game a week or two later. Comment by breal99 - January 25, at pm. Pingback: Mark Cuban Vs. This solves the where to play when problem, lets the bowls be bowls, and allows for sub par teams to have something to play for at the end of the season.

Comment by skilesare - January 17, at pm. Tca vs Auburn Go Tca Go…. The last Year was the best session of his life. I hope Brendon make his into the NBA. A very strange and social boy he is. Comment by leuchte11 - January 16, at pm. Comment by strayimp - January 16, at am. Argument about whether a team got shafted moves from 3rd place team to 5th, 9th, 17th, etc where no one will care.

Formula can probably be tweaked any of additional ways to make it better. Get rid of month long layoff between Thanksgiving and Bowl Season. At most two weeks, then a week playoff culminating with Champ. If you want to keep multiple bowls on New Years tradition, have consolation games among teams that lost in earlier rounds.

Comment by smorkingapple - January 15, at pm. Comment by Matches Malone - January 15, at am.

Reasonable rates. Your niche may be a bit too narrow, unless you believe you can keep this conversation going throughout the year. Maybe I can help with that…. I do think what needs to be done is a team playoff that would give every conference champion at least one home game with the top conference champs getting two home games and also incorporating the existing BCS Bowl games into the mix and otherwise keeping the existing bowl system pretty much in tact.

You can see much more at:. Comment by wallyhorse - January 14, at pm. You will have some teams with more difficult schedules at the beginning of the year than at the end. Finally, what purpose does winning the mid-season tournament provide the winning team? What needs to happen is simple-a playoff scenario that incorporates every conference champion.

Anything else is substandard and all excuses against it can be argued against. Name me another sport where a team can take the field, win every game they play, yet are not considered the best team because of a few votes, or the conference they play in. I think that the current set up is disrespectful to the players that play the game and the fans who follow it.

Right now I am just linking to stories, but I will add features once I see traffic increasing. Comment by gtstigall - January 14, at pm. To me, the real problem has always been the college Presidents are worried about two factions:. Donors who in some cases are not exactly fond of sports and might withold endowments and other things to protest a playoff in college football. That said, I do think we need a team playoff in college football that would incorporate the existing BCS Bowls into it and also keep the existing Bowl system pretty much as it is.

Comment by wallyhorse - January 14, at am. Why dont the big 6 conferences rotate so that they play say 2 of the other conferences each year? In one of the two games the prior years 1 teams play each other and so on…in the other game, it is a random draw between teams in the conference done a year or two ahead of time…then each school has 1 week they can schedule a cream puff AA school probably week one like a preseason game , then 4th non conference game can be reserved for a rivalry game or has to be against a non AQ team.

If every year each top team played a top team from 2 other conferences, we would see the schedules even out more…. At the end of the year we could use the bowl system as a playoff system if people want…I hate the argument that it would make the other bowls irrelevant…does anyone really think the Armed Forces Bowl is as prestigious as the Rose Bowl?

Of course not…just use the BCS bowls plus the cotton bowl and capital one bowl. And the regular season still means the same because if you dont win your conference you are SOL… actually makes regular season and winning conference more important then now! No second BCS bid to look forward to like now… Also everyone basically plays a similar schedule, there are more interesting matchups, the conferences have early season bragging rights by having all of their teams play each other.

And the Non AQs have a chance but only the top 2 each year which eliminates the weaker ones who may squeak by on an easier schedule.


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Comment by zshultz - January 13, at pm. I too have expressed thoughts of how to better accommodate what is clearly of high demand, please check out centrasian. With you, and others of high profile in the world of sports showing their support, I believe it is only a matter time. Comment by centrasian - January 13, at pm. Pingback: Blogging… jemiller Same applies to airfare, which is often cheaper and more flexible options as far as departure times if it it bought way in advance.

As opposed to the cupcake games which would have been home games. Comment by jemiller19 - January 13, at pm. Comment by lionhyena - January 13, at am. I totally love your idea overall. I love the regular season, but at the same time there is nothing worse than seeing an undefeated team not win it all. I would just tweak a few things.

Conference expansion should really help move this along. There is no reason for any given team in a 12 team conference to have to play more than 7 in conference regular season games a year. If you have a 12 team conference than any one given team faces the the 5 other teams in their division and up to two from the other division. If you add in the conference championship game then you have a total of 8 in conference games and 9 if we include the one cupcake game.

A bowl game and a possible championship game if we go with the plus one model gives us a total of then 9 or 10 games. This then gives you 3 games to work with. Only once has a team from a AQ conference finished the entire season undefeated and not won the national championship Auburn in the BCS era. This leads me to believe that a tournament would be too much. A better idea would be to:. Week 2 of the season: First off after every season all the conferences are ranked based on some computer ranking.

Actually another idea would be to rank the conferences based on their bowl records from the previous season. This would create some interest in all the bowl games. Anyways the conferences are ranked the 12th being the independants…actually there are only 4 independants so there would have to be some more moving around and the conferences would face off.

In each case the highest ranked teams face off and then the 2nd highest ranked teams face off. This should be done one more time mid season, but this time maybe we rank the conference based on how well they did the first time. This would create even more interest in the earlier games. This is then done a final time where we make sure that if there are more than two undefeateds left they play each other.

I also feel like their will be too many one loss teams in your system. I love where you going with this overall though. Good luck! Comment by eric - January 12, at pm. I think the current system works pretty well. Which is a big part of what is so great about CFB. It would significantly increase the likelihood that an injury or a bad call determines the national championship. Comment by jonottawa - January 12, at pm. You start with the power conferences and work your way down the list.

How ever long it takes, get buy-in from the SEC, then the Pac 10, or the Big 10, or however you want to rank order them. Call any conference commissioner, fly him down for a Mavericks game, spend time laying out the benefits read: money of what creating a true National Championship brings in terms of prestige. Need help? Call me. Comment by florida - January 12, at pm.

It seems to me its traditions are what set it apart. A playoff system is the ultimate tradition killer, and something that should never take place. Make conference championships mean something again. This allows teams to schedule better in the NC more local rivalries, tougher games acting a tune-ups, no penalty for NC loss , adds a pseudo playoff round 1 in the conference title games and realigns the bowl alliances of years ago to be played on New Years Day again keeping traditions and allowing for at larges such as TCU and Boise access I think it was Feista and half of the Orange…used to be ND and Miami every year.

Not worth it. Let college football be different. Comment by kwoodfan1 - January 12, at pm. The only thing I think some will have problems with is… back to money. Teams and their conference get money for going to bowls and, in this scenario, teams will go to multiple bowls in order to advance in the playoffs.

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I think that could be fixed as well… Pool all the money that would have been given out to teams in the bowls and disseminate it to the Top 12 teams and their conferences based on FINAL ranking. Mark, I wish you well in this venture. Many college fans would be overjoyed that it is finally fixed! Comment by chigdon73 - January 12, at pm. And certainly any system, such as yours posted, which puts more competitive games into the top teams schedules will make the result closer to said goal.

All D1A teams can win a Championship each year if they play perfectly. I think this is the main point that sticks in the craw of the general public. This is my main goal. But your underlying point, that a team league, with a 12 team schedule, is hard to resolve to a champion without central scheduling control, is right on the button. The NCAA keeps wanting to abdicate central control of the colleges and the current scheduling ratsnest is the result.

Comment by darvon86 - January 12, at pm. Comment by Tom Nielsen - January 12, at pm. As usual, innovative solution to a sticky problem. And consider that TCU beat a Wisconsin team who, down the stretch, was scoring about 70 points per game. Should one-loss teams with plenty of momentum rolling into the post season be excluded from this consideration.

A tournament style format would likely include them. Eventually, the powers that be expanded the tournament, rightly so. The BCS brantrust? Comment by jwtrolli42 - January 12, at pm. All the scenarios we can come up with are moot until you solve the financial problem. You stated that you can solve this with your means.

Possible, but improbable, sad to say. A workable solution can placate those individuals and entities. The problem lies with the ADs and the coaches. Every AD and every coach both assistant and head have bonus structures in their contracts that reward them financially for simply making a bowl game. The prestige of the bowl game can sometimes increase the payout. While you financial means can solve the dollars to the participating schools and conference issue, you cannot solve the issue of the payments to these coaches and ADs from the schools they represent.

So my solution is to keep the bowls. How do you do that and make a playoff? Here is my scenario. Seeding is done by BCS ranking. Seeds have home game versus seeds in regular tourney format. These bowls get played in their normal time slots around January 1. This one will be played at the sight of one of the games that did not have a final four matchup. All bowls remain. Regular season still meaningful — Top 12 ranked teams would be dominated by undefeated and one loss teams. Bowl tickets sold and packed stadiums — Many ideas include a 16 team playoff utilizing the bowls for the 15 games.

All tickets would be sold because you are only counting on 5, or so visiting fans to travel. In Summary, a 12 seed running the table would be financially feasible for its fans. Throw the billions a playoff tv deal would generate and I think the universities would act right pretty quick. Imagine a prime-time 15 game football championship, utilizing the existing BCS bowl structure! Comment by cbraaten - January 12, at am.

Comment by Bmw - January 11, at pm. My one suggestion is that any proposal that you come up with does not go over 8 teams in a playoff. Talk about diminishing the regular season. In a 16 team scenario, an elite program could easily lose 2 games and possibly 3 and still be in the playoffs without batting an eye. Look at some of the teams from this year for example that would be in a 16 team playoff: a mich state team ran off the field by Alabama.

A Virginia tech team that lost to james Madison and got ran off the field by Stanford. This approach will also be more beneficial to your proposal because it consumes less time — which is one of your major roadblocks.