Tuesday, January 8, 2013

No You Are Not: Just Another Reason For A 16 Team Football Playoff

WELL...NO. (Kevin C. Cox)

Oddly, the NCAA conducts a 16 team football playoff - just not in D1.

Last night’s rout showed yet again why the BCS doesn’t work and why there should be a more-than-four team playoff.

Let us preface this by saying we understand very well that those entrenched in the status quo are loath to abandon the money, power and prestige that comes with said status quo, but last night’s rout of a game should have made so much clear to so many.

In this day and age, that ain’t easy.

Points to ponder:
  1. Because of the diversity of schedules and the strength of the SEC, the current system of voting polls and BCS is horribly flawed.  We know that, but Notre Dame, as undefeated as they might have been, had no business in the same stadium with the Crimson Tide.  They barely beat Pitt who got walloped by Ole Miss (3-5 SEC) which should have been a tip off.
  2. Four weeks is too long between games (unless you are Nick Saban) and the perfect amount of time for a 16 team playoff.  Let the higher seeded teams host the first round and let the existing bowls bid on three second round games (geographically) and then let the BCS bowls rotate the other quarter final, the semis and the championship game.  The rest of the bowls which seem to be anxious to preserve Arkansas State vs. Kent State carry on as is.
  3. At the end of this season, having a four team playoff is exposed by the final poll. Week 15 the top four teams were Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Oregon.  This morning the top four teams are Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Notre Dame.  Both Florida, and to an extent Notre Dame, looked not to belong in such an elite group and it should have been sorted out in a playoff that could have revealed Florida and ND’s weakness prior to an auto-berth semi-final of a four team playoff.
LESS OF THIS? (Kevin C. Cox)
Based on the Week 15 AP poll, here’s your first round of 16 team playoff.

December 15:
16 Nebraska (10-3) @ 1 Notre Dame (12-0)
15 Northern Illinois @ 2 Alabama (12-1)
14 CLEMSON (10-2) @ 3 Florida (11-1)
13 Oregon State (9-3) @ 4 Oregon (11-1)
12 FLORIDA STATE (11-2) @ 5 Kansas State (11-1)
11 Oklahoma (10-2) @ 6 Stanford (11-2)
10 South Carolina (10-2) @ 7 Georgia (11-2)
9 Texas A&M (10-2) @ 8 LSU (10-2)


Conference represented: SEC 6, ACC 2, PAC 12 2, BIG 10 2, BIG 12 2, IND 1, MAC 1.

If all the highest seeds won, Round 2 would look like this: 

8 LSU @ 1 Notre Dame 
7 Georgia @ 2 Alabama 
6 Stanford @ 3 Florida  
5 Kansas State @ 4 Oregon   

MORE OF THIS? (Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Not a bad line up, save for the first round Oregon/Oregon State and South Carolina/Georgia rematches.  However, round two gives you a Georgia/Alabama rematch of a game the Tide won by just four points three weeks earlier.  All that SEC vs SEC isn’t optimal, but it’s the luck of the draw.

An option is to have an NCAA committee which could artfully seed the teams to minimize the schedule repetition or to create marquis match-ups...not that they would do that...wink, wink. See “NCAA basketball.”

For the round of 16, play two games Thursday night, two games Friday night and four on Saturday. The games involving the top four seeds play Thursday and Friday so the winners earn the extra days off.

Play the next round on Friday and Saturday and the semi-final and Championship Game anytime you damn well please.

The rest of the bowl games will or won’t find their way...

See, it’s that easy.

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