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    Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    I am sure this has been discussed at length before, but once again it looks like the current BCS system is no more than a popularity contest. We have expanded College football from 9 games to now 12, every team seems to play a couple of easy games early on, the season took long arguement seems to no longer be a issue as College football will play games all the way til Janurary 7th.

    It is time for a 8 to 16 game playoff system, using some of the current bowl sites as playing venues.

    Thoughts......?



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    I used to favor a playoff. I now, in no way, favor an NFL style playoff system in college football.

    Michigan losing to Appalachian State was one of the coolest things I've seen in sports. It wouldn't have had the major impact it did if there was a playoff system.

    Oklahoma losing last week wouldn't be a huge deal. They'd still have a shot at the championship.

    Illinois beat Ohio State? Who cares? The Buckeyes will be right there when it comes championship time.

    The lack of a playoff system creates a 12 to 13 week sense of urgency for teams. I think it's great watching teams playing for so much week after week. If they were to adopt a final four playoff system, I could definitely handle that.



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    The only viable playoff I can see is the +1 scenario. An 8 or 16 team playoff is not financially viable to the NCAA, and therefore will not even be considered. Bowl games make way too much money for far too many people, and the reason they make all that money is because the fanbase that attends the games is so large. If you take away all those fans of teams that will no longer get to go to bowl games, that's a very large amount of income you are losing.

    Ultimately, it comes down to dollar signs. Would a playoff solve everything? Of course not. Is it an option? Yes. Will it be considered? No.


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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    The only viable playoff I can see is the +1 scenario. An 8 or 16 team playoff is not financially viable to the NCAA, and therefore will not even be considered. Bowl games make way too much money for far too many people, and the reason they make all that money is because the fanbase that attends the games is so large. If you take away all those fans of teams that will no longer get to go to bowl games, that's a very large amount of income you are losing.

    Ultimately, it comes down to dollar signs. Would a playoff solve everything? Of course not. Is it an option? Yes. Will it be considered? No.
    I would love to see some financial comparisons between the NCAA final four basketball tourney and the BCS (expanded) bowl program.....

    I believe the NCAA Basketball tournament is the "Greatest Show on Earth" as far as money revenues go....PLease include all TV revenue, Tickets, ect.....?



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by coachdags View Post
    I believe the NCAA Basketball tournament is the "Greatest Show on Earth" as far as money revenues go....PLease include all TV revenue, Tickets, ect.....?
    Part of the reason the NCAA tourney is so great is because you can have so many teams play in it because you don't need a week off inbetween basketball games.

    Why didn't you include the 4 team playoff in the poll?



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by coachdags View Post
    I would love to see some financial comparisons between the NCAA final four basketball tourney and the BCS (expanded) bowl program.....

    I believe the NCAA Basketball tournament is the "Greatest Show on Earth" as far as money revenues go....PLease include all TV revenue, Tickets, ect.....?
    It's not the amount of money, it's about the number of entities that get the money. There's no way that many schools are gonna give up those dollars.


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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    It is now a beauty pageant. And what about Hawaii? They are unbeaten behemouths.


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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    It is now a beauty pageant. And what about Hawaii? They are unbeaten behemouths.
    Last year the BCS bowl only included the top 8 teams... Is it fair to leave Hawaii out this year of the top 8....? Boise State (WAC) made it....?

    Am I wrong or did the BCS this year expanded to the top 16 teams....?


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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    It's not the amount of money, it's about the number of entities that get the money. There's no way that many schools are gonna give up those dollars.
    I really think with the Conference sharing revenue program in Basketball the numbers would be closer than we think.....?



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by coachdags View Post
    Last year the BCS bowl only included the top 8 teams... Is it fair to leave Hawaii out this year of the top 8....? Boise (WAC) made it....?

    Am I wrong or did the BCS this year expanded to the top 16 teams....?
    Last year it was expanded to the top 14 teams for BCS Bowl bids, specifically for cases like Boise State and Utah.

    If we were to look at the amount of money between the NCAA tourney and football bowl bids, I have to think they'd be similar in total revenue brought in. The problem is that more schools get more money in the bowl system than they would in a tournament. the "final four" type bowls would receive as much money as they do already, plus the schools would get the money from their games earlier.

    The only reason the NFL and NCAA basketball tourneys/playoffs work as well as they do is because the NFL has a third of the teams the I-A does, and in basketball, you can play games two days apart. Football requires more recovery time. If we were to go to a playoff system, we would need to play less games in the regular season, which the money those bring in schools wouldn't go for.


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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Playoffs seem to work for 1-AA and division 2 and division 3, why can't they work for 1-A?
    To me the bowl system is a dinosaur like the big 10, time to move on and modernize to catch up with the real world.



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    Playoffs seem to work for 1-AA and division 2 and division 3, why can't they work for 1-A?
    To me the bowl system is a dinosaur like the big 10, time to move on and modernize to catch up with the real world.
    Time to catch up to the real world, like D-1AA and D-2? Yeah, because that's where all the money's at.

    /end sarcasm



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Time to catch up to the real world, like D-1AA and D-2? Yeah, because that's where all the money's at.

    /end sarcasm

    Tell the NFL to go to a bowl system, I am sure they will jump on it because there is so much money available!



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    Tell the NFL to go to a bowl system, I am sure they will jump on it because there is so much money available!
    That point was disputed in a previous post. Did any matchup in Week 1 of the NFL have as big of an impact as Appalachian State vs Michigan did?



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    Re: Should there be a Div 1 playoff system..?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    That point was disputed in a previous post. Did any matchup in Week 1 of the NFL have as big of an impact as Appalachian State vs Michigan did?

    If the bowl system was so great, every level of football would be using it, currently division 1-a is the only level of football to use bowls to determine a champion. Which is wrong, every other league from high school to the pros or division 1? In division 1 teams can go undefeated and not have a chance to be the champs! (Hawaii this year, Utah a couple of years ago, Auburn a few years ago) Great way to decide who is a champ, let the media/computers/former players coaches/analysts with axes to grind and biases decided. Yes the bowl system rules!



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