At the end of this blog, you will find the original post regarding College Football Playoffs,
Let me say, that as an Auburn fan, I am very happy with where the pollsters have ranked not only Auburn, but the whole top 5. Of course the computers might flip Auburn and OSU in the BCS poll, if that happens, I will be happy to watch MY team win! If not, I have no complaints with the finish and the standings.
As it stands, congrats to FSU and OSU for making the National Championship Game…
As it stands, but there are still three more games that can completely reorganize that game.
First, Auburn has to beat Missouri to win the SEC, if they lose, they will be lucky to be number 10 and the BCS will no longer consider them. Also FSU has to beat a very good Duke team and OSU has to beat a pretty good Mich State. Any loss and the two remaining top three who do not lose will play for the trophy. If all three lose, it would probably be Bama against Mo. I see that as the least likely but still very possible scenario.
Or next least likely would be FSU and OSU losing and Auburn hosting Bama for a rematch. If Auburn loses to Mo. And one of the top two loses, the real question is does Ala or Missouri get to challenge the remaining unbeaten. As the SEC champ with a victory over Auburn, a victory which Bama doesn’t have, it would seem they might leap frog the Tide from #3 to #2. I really wont care at that point, but it is interesting to think about as a possibility.
So we are down to the last week of regular season, and there are still these possible match ups in the big game
1 FSU – OSU
2 FSU – AU
3 FSU – Bama
4 FSU – MO
5 OSU – AU
6 OSU – Bama
7 OSU – MO
8 AU – Bama
9 Bama – MO
And maybe even if the anti Bama or anti All SEC sentiment runs high enough
10 AU – Ok St
11 AU – Stanford
12 MO – Ok St
13 MO – Stanford
Though I cant imagine, even if the top three lost, that the voters and computers would reach past the current top 4 to get number 6 or 7, but one never knows.
Don’t you just love the way a college football season without a playoff wraps up so neatly?
The one change I might suggest to my original play off plan would be to have the top 5 conferences get a bye and the next 6 “play in” to fill the last 3 slots in an 8 team playoff, this assures the 11 best football teams have a clear path to the championship. It also reduces the number of teams who have to play a possible extra game by 5, and while it cuts the total pool to 11 from 16, I can hardly imagine a year where the 12th team would have won out. Also, no matter which system one used, I think major conferences should have to earn that status on an ongoing basis. If your conference has not sent a team to the championship game in the past 5 years, you are not a major conference. If another conference has, they become a major for at least the next 5 yrs, until they get bumped by the same system.
Watkins New BCS Playoff Plan
- No team in a conference with a conference championship game can play more than 10 regular season games. A team would have to have at least 6 wins to proceed beyond the regular season. I am pretty sure most schools that were 5-5 or worse would be happy to not stack more opportunities to lose on the end of their year.
- No conference can require more than 8 conference games
- Computer rankings to equal 50% of BCS rank with the human polls combining for the other 50%
- Alternatively to picking the top 16 ranked teams the winners of the major Conferences could enter as the reps for their conference
(ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac 10, SEC)
with the last ten being filled by the highest team not already going as Conf. Rep.
- Top 16 ranked teams will play each other in 1st round, 1/16;2/15, etc.
- (8 minor and second tier Bowls, 2nd tier bowls would rotate up and down from 1st to 1/4 from year to year)
- 8 winners advance to 1/4 finals
- (1 Big Four Bowl + 3 second tier bowls)
- 4 winners play in semi finals
- (2 Big Four bowls)
- 2 winners in Championship game
- (Rotate big four bowl sites, team in 1/4 final one year would always be the championship game the next)
- Most teams would actually play less games
- (good for the academics crowd, only 8 teams would play more than 12 games, whereas today, most of them major football conference schools play 12 before they get to a playoff or a bowl!)
- Some years 20% of these teams play 14 games.
- Four teams would play 14 games
- And only 2 will play 15. Every game would matter.
I am sure No. 17 and 18 would always be fighting about being passed over
But it would be as fair a system as any and would let any team who was undefeated get a shot at the title. But I doubt there are many years the 17th team has a legitimate claim to being the National Champion.