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A Postseason Plan


  by - Radio Host - Tuesday, December 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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A Postseason Plan
It is very clear to me and may other observers that the way we finish our college football season is completely broke. We will fix part of the problem in 2014 when we have our first playoff system in place but other problems still exist.

The hope is that eventually we will go to an eight-team playoff and maybe one day we will get a 16-team scenario but again other problems will still confront us.

This year is a great example. I read yesterday where a couple of national sports sites had the Clemson-LSU game in the top five bowls this season. How can a Chic-fil-a bowl that features two teams that did not win their division be the fifth best bowl when we have four BCS bowls and a national title game?

The ten schools that go to the BCS game will make $18 million per school for their conferences but three of the BCS games are not as good as other lower tiered bowls?

I agree with ESPN that Notre Dame and Alabama are two traditional powers and this should make for interesting television. I also will be intrigued to watch Kansas State and Oregon. However, raise your hand if you are excited about the Sugar Bowl matchup of Florida and Louisville? Who among us is really excited about Florida State and Northern Illinois? Wisconsin lost five games this year but they get to go to the Rose Bowl?

The system is broken. Florida is left out. So is Oklahoma and LSU. But Northern Illinois, Louisville and Wisconsin get BCS bowls.

Another major problem with the bowls is this stupid bowl tie in we came up with. How many times can Georgia and South Carolina rotate between Tampa and Orlando? How many times can Clemson play in Atlanta in my lifetime?

Finally, we have too many bad bowls. We have too many bad bowl sites. And we have too many bad teams in bowls.

Below is a plan that could fix this mess.

Eight Team Playoff
Get us an eight team playoff. Four teams is not enough. In an eight-team playoff, champions from the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12 and ACC get in. Three at large teams get invitations for a selection committee who also seeds the teams 1-8. The quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals would be played in seven bowl games. The BCS title game, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Chic-fil-a Bowl and the Cotton Bowl are the the playoff sites every year with the BCS title game moving each year. Any city can bid on the BCS title game.

Here is how this would have worked out this season:
ACC-FSU
SEC-Alabama
Big Ten-Wisconsin
Big 12-Kansas State
PAC 12-Stanford
At-large-Notre Dame
At-large-Florida
At-large-Oregon

Seeds:
1 Notre Dame
2 Alabama
3 Florida
4 Oregon
5 Kansas State
6 Sanford
7 FSU
8 Wisconsin

Here is an example of how this would work this year:
Cotton-Notre Dame vs Wisconsin
Rose-Oregon vs Kansas State
Chic-fil-a-Florida vs Stanford
Fiesta-Alabama vs FSU

Sugar-Cotton winner vs Rose winner
Orange-Chic-fil-a winner vs Fiesta winner

BCS Finals-Sugar winner vs Orange winner

The Bowl System
We have too many bowls, so we eliminate 18 bowls. Here is a list of cities that don't get bowls:
Shreveport
Birmingham
Detroit
El Paso
Memphis
Boise
Mobile
Charlotte
Albuquerque
Houston
Tempe

Also, no city gets two bowls unless they get the BCS title game. So Miami, Orlando, Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas and San Diego don't get two bowls.

We get down to ten bowl games and those bowl games go to "destination" cities. If you are not a great vacation spot then you don't get a bowl. The ten bowl sites would be:
Orlando
Tampa
Jacksonville
Nashville
Las Vegas
San Francisco
New York
Washington, DC
Hawaii
San Diego

We would no longer have conference tie-ins. In this system the bowls are ranked 1-10. If Orlando is number one then they get the first and second picks. The next year they would rotate down to number 10. If Tampa was number two this year they would get the third and fourth picks then move up to number one the following year. This would continue down the line.

In this scenario we would get much more interesting matchups. This would also eliminate useless games. We don't need 35 bowl games. There are not 70 teams that are bowl worthy. In this system there are a total of 28 teams in the post season.

Every bowl would have the same payout. The teams that make it to the BCS title game make more money than the ones they beat in the semi-finals. The semi-final teams make more than the quarterfinal teams.

Teams that make the playoffs make more money than the ones that go to the ten bowl games but again, all teams that make the bowls and not the playoffs make the same money.

Here is a hypothetical example of what the the bowl games would look like this year under my plan:
Orlando-Georgia-LSU
Tampa-A@M-South Carolina
Jacksonville-Oklahoma-Clemson
Nashville-Oregon State-Nebraska
Las Vegas-UCLA-Michigan
San Francisco-Cincy-Mississippi State
New York-Rutgers-Texas
Washington, DC-Louisville-Northwestern
Hawaii-Boise State-Northern Illinois
San Diego-Utah State-San Jose State

Here is who is in bowls this year but would not be included in my system:
Baylor, Kent State, Nevada, Arizona, Toledo, UCF, Ball State, BYU, San Diego State, East Carolina, Lafayette, Washington, Fresno State, SMU, WKU, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Duke, Ohio, UL Monroe, Virginia Tech, Nevada, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Rice, Air Force, West Virginia, Syracuse, Navy, Arizona State, Michigan State, NC State, Vanderbilt, So Cal, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa, TCU, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Ole Miss and Arkansas State.

This plan rewards the five conference champs and gives everyone a chance at making it to either the playoffs through at-large bids or the bowl system through their selection committees. This system eliminates bad bowl sites and bad bowl teams. It gives us a true national champion on the field and it makes the bowls more meaningful by eliminating the bad bowl teams and sites.

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Subject (Replies: 35) Author
Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Postseason Plan
B-Meist®
Sounds good in theory, but will never happen because...
Jeremy7508
Re: Sounds good in theory, but will never happen because...
tigrbybirth
16 Team playoff is the most fair
OhWiseOne®
They are not making winning a conference a requirement
Ridge Creek
He's not making any predictions about how it will be
cutiger51908
Mickey, stop confusing the public with logic!!***
Btwiceborn®
Jacksonville is a "destination" city?***
grover173
What about Los Angeles?***
tigrbybirth
Plans are well and good but a lack of a viable plan is not
Clemsnman®
Using the bowls as playoff sites won't work.
Tigers2007®
Re: Using the bowls as playoff sites won't work.
robwood83
Basketball arenas don't hold 70,000+ either***
dawghater23
I like it but I'd put a stipulation to have OOC games
Caddie
"broken" not "broke"
deleted
Sorry Mickey, you lost me at one team can win MULTIPLE
ClemsonMike830
For those who say there are "too many bowls"
Tigerpimp77
Simple answer. The players care. Bowls are rewards for all
SOLOS®
Re: For those who say there are "too many bowls"
51f1
So...
Tigerpimp77
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Postseason Plan
hambone843
I've only flamed you once before. but this is stupid
007stealth®
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Postseason Plan
Mateopato®
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Postseason Plan
TrickyRick86®
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Postseason Plan
51f1
Obviously never been to a Gator Bowl. Tradition merits it.***
SOLOS®
Re: Obviously never been to a Gator Bowl. Tradition merits it.***
Litefoot®
**yawn**
E2ZOO
Too many bowls?
icebucket
I like it!
attheesso®
So what do you propose for the Conference Champions of the
UtilTiger
The whole process is messed up. This new thing is just anot
LakeNormanTiger
Microcosm of the current financial order in general.***
SOLOS®
Atlanta must have a bowl.....no way to lose their success.
CUTIGR69®
Great Start! Only glaring concern
Country Gentleman®
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