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    Death to the BCS

    Just finished reading this book by Dan Wetzel. It is a MUST-READ for college football fans. He goes in-depth and looks at the bowl system (many teams lose money by going to a bowl), how the bowl directors are getting a ton of jack for putting on one game, how a 16-team playoff would generate hundreds of millions of more $, and how it would keep the regular season meaningful. After reading it, it made me mad that we have this crappy system.

    Wetzel proposes a 16 team playoff with 11 automatic berths for the conference champions (even the Sun Belt teams get a chance) with 5 at-large berths. Every game, except for the championship, would be played at the higher seeds home field (can you imagine the electricity in a college stadium where if you win, you are headed to the national title game). The minor bowl games would still be played.

    Here is a good review and summary of the key pieces of the book:
    Barking Carnival | Death To The BCS – A Book Review

    Anyone else read this? It really opened my eyes.



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Just finished reading this book by Dan Wetzel. It is a MUST-READ for college football fans. He goes in-depth and looks at the bowl system (many teams lose money by going to a bowl), how the bowl directors are getting a ton of jack for putting on one game, how a 16-team playoff would generate hundreds of millions of more $, and how it would keep the regular season meaningful. After reading it, it made me mad that we have this crappy system.

    Wetzel proposes a 16 team playoff with 11 automatic berths for the conference champions (even the Sun Belt teams get a chance) with 5 at-large berths. Every game, except for the championship, would be played at the higher seeds home field (can you imagine the electricity in a college stadium where if you win, you are headed to the national title game). The minor bowl games would still be played.

    Here is a good review and summary of the key pieces of the book:
    Barking Carnival | Death To The BCS – A Book Review



    Anyone else read this? It really opened my eyes.
    ISU never going to a bowl game again sounds like a GREAT idea!!!


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    ISU never going to a bowl game again sounds like a GREAT idea!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Just finished reading this book by Dan Wetzel. It is a MUST-READ for college football fans. He goes in-depth and looks at the bowl system (many teams lose money by going to a bowl), how the bowl directors are getting a ton of jack for putting on one game, how a 16-team playoff would generate hundreds of millions of more $, and how it would keep the regular season meaningful. After reading it, it made me mad that we have this crappy system.

    Wetzel proposes a 16 team playoff with 11 automatic berths for the conference champions (even the Sun Belt teams get a chance) with 5 at-large berths. Every game, except for the championship, would be played at the higher seeds home field (can you imagine the electricity in a college stadium where if you win, you are headed to the national title game). The minor bowl games would still be played.

    Here is a good review and summary of the key pieces of the book:
    Barking Carnival | Death To The BCS A Book Review

    Anyone else read this? It really opened my eyes.



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    I love how fashionable it is to bash the BCS. If you think the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" is big now, just wait . Don't get me wrong the BCS is far from perfect but a playoff system would keep the top tier progam top tier and leave everyone else in the dust. Trust me the Iowa St's of the world need the current system. A playoff would be great but the good old boys of cfb would have complete control of it.



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    So the traditional conference tie-in Bowls remain intact like the Rose and Orange? Presumably ISU could play in the Orange Bowl in the future?


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by heitclone View Post
    I love how fashionable it is to bash the BCS. If you think the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" is big now, just wait . Don't get me wrong the BCS is far from perfect but a playoff system would keep the top tier progam top tier and leave everyone else in the dust. Trust me the Iowa St's of the world need the current system. A playoff would be great but the good old boys of cfb would have complete control of it.
    It would be cool with me if it were simply a playoff for conference champions but if it kills the Rose, Orange, Sugar etc. I don't think it's worth it.


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by heitclone View Post
    I love how fashionable it is to bash the BCS. If you think the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" is big now, just wait . Don't get me wrong the BCS is far from perfect but a playoff system would keep the top tier progam top tier and leave everyone else in the dust. Trust me the Iowa St's of the world need the current system. A playoff would be great but the good old boys of cfb would have complete control of it.
    What I don't get are the people who like the bowl system...only in college football do they call it the "post-season" while teams play exhibition games.

    The bowl games mean absolutely nothing. Except for 1. Can you imagine if college basketball did the same thing?



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    An ISU fan that wants playoffs in college football is like a black man yearning for the days of slavery.


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    An ISU fan that wants playoffs in college football is like a black man yearning for the days of slavery.
    Just curious why you say that?

    The Insight Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, etc. could all continue outside of the playoff. I don't see how those games would be diminished at all since they are just an exhibition game right now anyway.



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    The quickest way to make the majority of college football programs irrelevant is a 16 team playoff. How some can gloss over the fact that it would hurt parity so greatly is beyond me. And to think there would be any bowl games if there was a 16 team playoff or at least any that paid out much money and got any coverage is also crazy.


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    Going to pick up the book today!



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Just curious why you say that?

    The Insight Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, etc. could all continue outside of the playoff. I don't see how those games would be diminished at all since they are just an exhibition game right now anyway.
    What happens to the Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta etc. Do the former conference champion bowls go away?


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    The only reason they exist now is because the companies that sponsor them get a lot of marketing out of them when ESPN et al. have their bowl preview shows for all the bowls. If there was a 16 team playoff there is no way national media would even give lip service to the bowls. It would be like the NIT, but without any champion so not even any excitement.
    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Just curious why you say that?

    The Insight Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, etc. could all continue outside of the playoff. I don't see how those games would be diminished at all since they are just an exhibition game right now anyway.


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    Re: Death to the BCS

    When did the national media ever care about the lower bowls? Never.



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    Re: Death to the BCS

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Just curious why you say that?

    The Insight Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, etc. could all continue outside of the playoff. I don't see how those games would be diminished at all since they are just an exhibition game right now anyway.
    They may not be abolished right away, but as you stated in your original post they already charge the schools for going and don't make a ton of money.

    I see a playoff ruining the lower-tier bowls in much the same way the NCAA Tourney ruins the NIT. Nobody cares, less TV revenue, less attendance, eventually canceled.


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