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How to make the BCS not suck…

football2{Note – It’s been a couple of years since I looked at this and I’m making a couple of revisions…}

Why is the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A ) the only intercollegiate sport that does not have a tournament/playoff that determines a national champion?  Almost everyone agrees that the BCS is a complete mess.

And please don’t point to the upcoming 2014 “playoff” – it will turn out to be as unsatisfying and fraught with frustration as the current model. The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set, considering factors like won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion. Just like today, every year there will be teams that should make it and do not, and teams that make it that have no business being there.

But I think I have found a way to make it work.  Greater minds than mine have given this a shot but here goes…

  • Standardize the schedules at 12 games
  • No more than one “bye” week
  • Mandate that the regular season ends the 2nd Saturday in November – this would probably mean starting the third week in August for a lot of teams.
  • Use the 3rd Saturday in November for conference championship games if necessary (though they largely become superfluous as the plan progresses)
  • Use the BCS ranking system to determine the top 32 teams in the nation
  • Seed the teams by region, and tournament play begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving
  • By the end of the day on the third Saturday of December, we’re down to 2 teams and…
  • they meet up on New Year’s Day for the Championship.

Keep the the existing bowls, but now they become playoff games, and because I’m a college football hyper-traditionalist, rotate the Championship among the “old school” bowls – Sugar, Rose, Cotton, and Orange.

It’s simple, and only adds 1 or 2 games to most schools – Most schools already play 12 games and a bowl game – this plan would add 1 game for 32 schools, 2 games for 16 schools, and you get the idea.

It would work.

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  1. December 8, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Well, la-de-fricken-da . . . you, the cornfield pastor have come up with the only solution. Brilliant, I say, absolutely brilliant.

    Just one thought, since bowl games, and conceivably playoff games are all about the money, why didn’t you approach this subject? The university presidents will not embrace any sort of system that does not guarantee mucho dinero to their respective whore houses.

    I’m just sayin’ . . .

  2. fiercegrace
    December 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t really talk too much about the money – but this plan could be quite lucrative. For the 2 schools that advanced to the playoffs it would be the rough equivalent of playing in FOUR bowl games! Increased interest, and exposure leads to increased revenue which means more $$$ for everybody.

    The NCAA b-ball tourney, March Madness is the template – a freaking cash cow and stirs up tremendous interest in the game.

    I’m telling you, this thing WILL WORK!

  3. afrankangle
    December 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Guess I’ll be the contrarian … no go … too many games for those going the furthest.

    Cutting back the regular season will hurt the revenue of the non-32 tournament teams.

    By the way, since you’re a “college football hyper-traditionalist”, shouldn’t that mean to continue having no legit champion?

  4. fiercegrace
    December 8, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Nope. For the 2008 season, 68 of the 119 Division I FBS teams will play in a bowl game – since my plan only involves 32 teams, let the other 36 play in 18 other bowl games – kind of a football version of the NIT, if you will. That should make up for most of the revenue lost in cutting the season by one game.

    As far as “too many games” what exactly is wrong with the number of D1-FBS games equalling the played in the smaller divisions?

    My traditionalism has it limits – the obscene mess the BCS annually produces far exceeds them…

  5. fiercegrace
    January 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Revisiting this topic after a few years, I would make a couple of tweaks to my original plan a bit. Go ahead and play 12 games and keep the bye weeks – teams could start earlier or the championship could be pushed back to the end of first week in January, like it is now.

  6. January 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Scott, I have thought this is the way they should go for a long time. I first read the idea in a column by someone I don’t remember, but it immediately made sense. It’s absolutely the way it should be. Well done.

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