Brace Yourself, Playoffs are (Likely) Coming

By 11W Staff on April 25, 2012 at 5:44p

Bill Hancock on BCS scenarios:

"I can officially say that the status quo is off the table."

While this doesn't guarantee that we're heading to a straight-up four-team playoff, at the very minimum, we're heading to at least a plus-one format.

Others attending commissioner meetings are convinced we'll start the 2014 season with a playoff in place. The most likely candidate to emerge is a four-teamer with bowls hosting the semifinals and the title game bid out.

Tonight, we party.


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tennbuckeye19's picture

When does the current BCS contract run out? Are we thinking that this playoff plus one type scenario would be implemented right away when the current contract runs out or will they ease into things like the NCAA seems to do with just about everything?

703Buckeye's picture

Hoping for higher seed home games in the semifinals!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

bukyze's picture

Would also love to see that happen, but it won't.  Can you imagine having an SEC team in Ohio Stadium or Camp Randall with a few inches of snow and 25 degrees out.  They would be leaving collective puddles of urine on their airplane seats and skid marks in their pants.   But having a stadium that only holds 30-40 thousand people (Boise St, TCU) just won't bring in enough revenue.  "They" also say that places like Eugene and Happy Valley would not have enough hotel space to accomodate everyone.  At least this is a start in the right direction.

btalbert25's picture

The revenue won't lie in attendance at the game, the revenue will come from TV.  Ticket gate and concessions will be small potatoes. 

DMcDougal24's picture

Sounds just about as fair as having LSU play for the championship n the Superdome twice..

703Buckeye's picture

I don't see why hotel space at the host university should matter. This is pretty much a home game for the higher seed, not many away fans will attend. I would never expect 50,000 Florida fans to show up at Ohio Stadium for a game, maybe 5,000 (which any city could handle).

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, this argument is so flawed it's crazy. A) the amount of times a "small" stadium like in Cincy or Oregon, will host a game, will be cancelled out by the amount of times a large (as in larger than even the NFL stadiums used for current bowl games, conference championships, etc.) like UofM, OSU, PSU, etc. B) to say that a college campus is not equipped to host a college football game is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Like others have already said, the home team doesn't need hotels, and if Alabama/OSU/Texas/etc. have the misfortune of being ranked below a BSU/TCU/Cincy that has a smaller stadium, then they have to deal with it, because they should have gotten it done on the field to be ranked ahead of them and host them game. Ticket sales are so far dwarfed by TV ad revenue, etc. that an occasional small school hosting wouldn't put a dent in the massive profits.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

The end of college football as we know it

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Kyle Lamb's picture

Or rather, just the beginning!

buckeye76BHop's picture


"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

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johnblairgobucks's picture

I read today that the BCS conference call is considering not limiting the amount of teams from a conference to be involved in BCS games.  Instead of the current: only 2 teams from one conference, they are looking at the possibility of 3 or 4 teams from a conference. 

The way I see it, this means 3 SEC teams and then the next highest ranked team involved in the Plus one scenario.... this until someone beats an SEC team in the Nat Champ Game and opens things back up.


BuckeyeW's picture

"Brace Yourself" + Gray Box = heart rate spike

Alex Root's picture

I like the plus 1 format if like they said the Bowl games are the semi-finals. I am still a younger person at 24 but I love the bowl games and i don't want to get rid of them. Now I think they have to many bowl games and need to get rid of about 10 of them. But the big ones like the Rose bowl and all the other big ones. So I would be in favor of bowl games then the top 2 teams play for the national title. But how are the bowl games played like normal with conference ties or do you play 1v4 and 2v3 then take the winners of those games cause I would probably be in favor of that.

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Gray box got me, thought it was Heuerman lol

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buckeye76BHop's picture

I was thinking the same thing Over ;-)  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeye76BHop's picture

I love it!  I think this will be good for college football and prove that the BCS looks more like BSC.  As long as the Rose Bowl is still intact with PAC 12 and B1G winners...I'm very happy about this progressing to a four team play off with Bowl games being the semi-finals.  Works for me...most collegiate sports have a play off.  Why not football?

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

BucksfanXC's picture

Holy Sh!t. I never thought I'd see the day. Somebody must have brought a chart showing a big bag of money, an equals sign and playoffs.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BuckGnome's picture

Well the BCS itself is/was a one-game playoff.  So this is nothing but the next evolutionary step.  It IS a playoff system, even if it takes decades to fully materialize.


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painterlad's picture

College football is nothing like it was when I was growing up (you know...when all the players were serious students, never ran into trouble and married their best gal), so at this point who gives a crap? +1, 16 team, who cares?

I will now go sit on my porch and yell at the kids who walk on my grass.

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AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I for one cannot wait to refer to the current dominance of the SEC as part of the 'mythical' era.

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rdubs's picture

I do think we need to be a bit careful what we wish for here.  I have been to a couple of bowl games (including the most recent Rose Bowl) and I think they are pretty amazing.  I also will miss the bowl season (I even liked some of the podunk bowls because I got to watch teams that I never get to watch and inevitably there is some big stud who is going to be the next Chris Johnson or Ben Roethlisburger).

I know I am in the overwhelming minority, but I won't exalt in happiness until I see how this plays out.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

They will still have other bowls.  It is not getting rid of the bowls for the likes of Akron and Central M!ch!g@n.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

My thoughts are this: I too like all of the Bowls, but I realized I only truely liked some of the matchups because it was the ONLY college football on TV.  In October, I don't watch Marshall vs Nevada or Florida Atlantic vs Memphis type matchups.  The same players are playing for the lower tier Bowl teams then, but I really just don't want to watch the games when there are other, better matchups on.

I would definitely rather watch a playoff scenario, than a 32 game Bowl season, where only 10 games are really good matchups.


NoVA Buckeye's picture

i dont know, that idaho-bowling green game was pretty good from a couple years ago...

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buckeye76BHop's picture

RDUBS:  I agree...I will be happy when all this is said and done if the bowl games stay in place as is (as long as the historical part of the Rose Bowl is kept intact).  No other bowls have the historic emphasis as the Rose Bowl and I'd be very disappointed if it was not the same.  Like one person said above...the Championship games as it is now is a one game play-off.  They're just evolving and using the bowl games as a play off with an extra championship game.  There are supposedly two senarios but the one I mentioned above seems to be the one most kicked around.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

rdubs's picture

Yeah I guess all of the other bowls will still exist, so maybe that part will be okay (I actually really like all of the bowls).  I am not sure that neutral site games will be sufficient to make this a success.  Look at the trouble that the NCAA tournament has had filling arenas for all but the final 4.  It better at least be regionally based for the top seeds (ie if a B1G team is the top seed they get to play in detroit or indy or chicago), because I don't think people are going to travel very well two weeks in a row.

SMOLNAR13's picture

What if top 4 play semis at home (1v4 at 1 etc) then championship is at random bcs bowl location like it is now...

then teams 5-12 get those bowls (rose, sugar, fiesta, orange) and keep the bowl system that way.  If a team has to go to tcu, boise, etc, then they most go, earn the right to have teams come to you.  This keeps all other bowls still options plus gives teams incentive to go for those top 2 seeds.  I mean any game featuring a team ranked 5-12 will still be great football to watch and it will give us our playoff.

just a thought

rdubs's picture

This seems like the best possible scenario, but there has been some big time opposition to home games.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

No, playoffs solve absolutely nothing!!!  It will not stop the controversy and it will not stop all the whining and bitching about it either - it only adds to it.  Sorry, kick out the human input into the polls, make the BCS calculation much more robust and you've got a much better system than this ridiculous playoff system. 

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SaintTressel's picture

Theoretically there could still be split national champions, right?

CincyCaliBuck's picture

They will probably move the NCG every year in a cycle like they do now... & make two of the other current BCS bowls the semi-final site with the winners advancing to the NCG... They will probably have to alternate the semi-final games every year between the Rose, Sugar, Orange, & Tostitos bowl's.. With the two that aren't part of the top 4 still keeping some of there luster by hosting teams 5-8 in the rankings, or another at large... Just my thoughts?!

Bucksfan's picture

Significant development.  We are all witnesses.

nickma71's picture

If it isn't 16 teams, don't do it. 4 teams is designed to keep the SEC on top. It will be more likely to keep USC and OSU out, with OU in. And we all know what a fraud little game Bob is.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Not if you include a "conference champ" rule.

Plus-1 with the four highest ranked conference champions witht he semi-final games played the second Saturday in December on campus . I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this would be the only system that will ensure the bowls and regular season remain relevant, yet will increase openness for the Boises of the world and avoid controversies like 2003 Oklahoma and 2011 Alabama, among others.

buckeyedude's picture

+1 format? Genius!



mjs1902's picture

I would really like to see the Big 4 bowls as the quarter finals, down to 2 games in large, indoor stadiums, and then the championship at a large, indoor stadium. Will probably never happen in my lifetime .....

DJ Byrnes's picture

I will wait and see what money-covered demon-baby is pushed out of the orafice of this summit before I get too excited.

I also don't understand how any college football fan is against on-campus play-offs. 

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NC_Buckeye's picture

Everyone needs to read this Wetzel article. The obligatory prices that the bowls, hotels, restaurants, etc are charging is off the hook. Hell, they're charging full ticket prices for the freakin bands. The same bands that are providing free entertainment as part of the event... which the schools are contractually required to bring to the event.

The article also talks about the lavish expenses of bowl officials that have been documented. Presidents and ADs apparently have had enough.

So when Bill Hancock says the status quo is dead, he might be talking about how bowls conduct themselves in general in addiction to a post-season playoff.

Cross-posted from the forum.