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    My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    8 BCS conferences 2 teams from each conference no at-large teams(If Boise St wants a play-off they can create an NIT or something similar).
    The conference championship would be round 1. Seed the teams based on rankings and play it out. You might have to shorten up the week like in HS and play on 5 days rest. You would have to finish before the beginning of the 2nd semester to avoid eligibility issues.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    I think one team from each BCS conference, and 8 at-large spots. I'm pretty sure that the MAC or ACC #2 would get destroyed by a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 or SEC team.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    I say just make 8 super conferences (15 teams) with two divisions and you only play your division in conference play so you have a true division champion. The champs play in a conference championship which is basically your first round of the tournament. Then the conference champions play an 8 team tournament...



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Playoff system should be 16 teams – 11 conference champions and 5 at-large. No bowl games!



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    I agree with 16 teams. That would be a sufficient number to encompass any team with a remotely realistic shot at winning the title. I think the major bowls should be utilized as the sites. The minor bowls can continue if they so desire similar to the NIT in BB.

    Imagine the TV revenue generated by a month long playoff. Can't believe that this hasn't happened already.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigguns View Post
    8 BCS conferences 2 teams from each conference no at-large teams(If Boise St wants a play-off the can create an NIT or something similar).
    The conference championship would be round 1. Seed the teams based on rankings and play it out. You might have to shorten up the week like in HS and play on 5 days rest. You would have to finish before the beginning of the 2nd semester to avoid eligibility issues.
    That would leave either Texas or Oklahoma out of the playoff but put 2 Big East teams in the tournament. That seems pretty unfair as well.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneu View Post
    That would leave either Texas or Oklahoma out of the playoff but put 2 Big East teams in the tournament. That seems pretty unfair as well.
    You should have to win your conference(even if it is the tiebreaker) to make the play-off. Keep the ultimate goal in mind of finding the best team in college football. There is no fair method out there.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Wow, yes, let's destroy the bowl system so we have no shot at a postseason.

    If you're going to have a playoff, limit it to no more than 8.



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Here's my scenario: Keep all of the bowls. But, for the BCS bowls, make them into play-off games. The top 8 ranked teams play (no matter what conference, doesn't matter how many teams from a conference get in, just the top 8 in the rankings). From there, develop 2 more bowl games for the semi finals. And then you have the National Championship.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Here's my scenario: Keep all of the bowls. But, for the BCS bowls, make them into play-off games. The top 8 ranked teams play (no matter what conference, doesn't matter how many teams from a conference get in, just the top 8 in the rankings). From there, develop 2 more bowl games for the semi finals. And then you have the National Championship.
    Or just call it the National Semifinals or something.

    Ideally, you'd use the BCS to seed the 8 teams, and you'd probably need a provision to include undefeated teams. That'd leave us with

    (1) Alabama vs. (14) Ball State
    (2) Texas vs. (9) Boise State
    (3) Oklahoma vs. (6) Utah
    (4) Florida vs. (5) USC

    No Big Ten, though. If you were to not care about undefeated seasons, it'd be Texas Tech and Penn State.



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    My personal opinion: at most a +2 format after the bowl games are played. Therefore, the 4 named BCS games would essentially be an 8 team playoff.

    I personally think that a large bracketed playoff system in college football would be horrible for "Cinderella" teams. It's hard enough for a team like Iowa State to make it to a BCS game let alone fight through 4 additional playoff games to try for the national title. I'd rather be Fiesta Bowl champions then eliminated in round 2 of a playoff system. Plus if we were on the fringe of the top 16, we'd most likely get the boot for some other team. We have a guaranteed shot at a BCS bowl championship (win a Big 12 championship). I think that in the office of Jamie Pollard, the current situation is just fine.



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Or just call it the National Semifinals or something.

    Ideally, you'd use the BCS to seed the 8 teams, and you'd probably need a provision to include undefeated teams. That'd leave us with

    (1) Alabama vs. (14) Ball State
    (2) Texas vs. (9) Boise State
    (3) Oklahoma vs. (6) Utah
    (4) Florida vs. (5) USC

    No Big Ten, though. If you were to not care about undefeated seasons, it'd be Texas Tech and Penn State.
    I wouldn't care about undefeated seasons. But, if that posed a large argument, then go with a 12 team playoff. And I would give the top 4 ranked teams a by in the first round.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    The problem with more than 8 teams is that you have to play 4 more weeks of football. This digs into academics, health of players, increased costs, etc. An 8 team playoff means 4 teams have to play one more game than usual, and 2 teams have to play two more games than usual. I'm not sure there should be more than 8 teams.

    Also, a 16 or 12 team playoff (and an 8, but to a lesser degree) takes away from the importance of the regular season, which seems like NCAA football's biggest draw at this point.

    I think a system where the Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, and Rose Bowls act as the Elite Eight would work out best.



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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    The problem with more than 8 teams is that you have to play 4 more weeks of football. This digs into academics, health of players, increased costs, etc. An 8 team playoff means 4 teams have to play one more game than usual, and 2 teams have to play two more games than usual. I'm not sure there should be more than 8 teams.

    Also, a 16 or 12 team playoff (and an 8, but to a lesser degree) takes away from the importance of the regular season, which seems like NCAA football's biggest draw at this point.

    I think a system where the Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, and Rose Bowls act as the Elite Eight would work out best.
    Good points. I would like to see an 8 team playoff, IMO. But, the biggest challenge would be getting the best 8 teams in the country. Like stated above, do you take the top 8 ranked teams? Or, if there is an undefeated team from a weak conference with a lower ranking, should they make it in? In reality, you won't please everybody, but an 8 team playoff would come close if you make the qualifying standards on par.


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    Re: My playoff plan 16 teams.(Something fun to think about)

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Good points. I would like to see an 8 team playoff, IMO. But, the biggest challenge would be getting the best 8 teams in the country. Like stated above, do you take the top 8 ranked teams? Or, if there is an undefeated team from a weak conference with a lower ranking, should they make it in? In reality, you won't please everybody, but an 8 team playoff would come close if you make the qualifying standards on par.
    I think the BCS formula works fine for finding the top 2 teams. It's just that two teams isn't enough. I can't think of any better solution than allow it to find the top 8 teams.

    However, we're kind of thinking about a pipe-dream here, as there are major steps to overcome to even be close to a playoff in college football. Just to throw out a guess, I still think we'll have a two-team championship game in 2015, and possibly past then.

    Mandel from SI had a pretty good recent column about all the obstacles involved.



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