Here's to January Madness

By Kyle Rowland on June 27, 2012 at 10:00a
45 Comments
Jim Delany smiles for the first time ever after announcing a four team playoffV-P Day: June 26, 2012 [Photo: David Wunderlich]

Finally.

After 14 years of the Bowl Championship Series and more than a century of mythical national champions, a playoff is coming to college football. And it only took three hours to come to the terms.

The long and winding road ended in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, when the 11 conference commissioners and 12 university presidents and chancellors approved the new four-team seeded postseason format. The two semifinals will take place in bowls, with the title game being put up for bid. The semifinal venues will rotate among six bowls.

“Considering the status quo could not retained, nor could we get campus sites to host (the semifinals), I am supportive of the new model,” Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith told Eleven Warriors.

“The commissioners did a great job.”

The conventionally wisdom is that the six bowls will be the four current BCS bowls – Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange – the new “Champions Bowl” between the SEC and Big XII champions and the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. The Cotton Bowl came out in the hours after the official playoff announcement angling for hosting duties.

“It's a great day for college football,” Cotton Bowl President and CEO Rick Baker said. “We congratulate the conference commissioners and presidents for their diligent work to enhance the post season. We look forward to learning more about the opportunities that will be created by today's announcement. With partners like AT&T and Cowboys Stadium, we believe we have a great story to tell.”

Possible championship game sites include Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, San Diego, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Honoring those that fought the playoff wars. 

“We do not know the rotation yet,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “That's still to be determined.”

The first national championship game will take place on Jan. 12, 2015. The new deal – some would argue better than FDR’s – lasts for 12 seasons, expiring in 2025. Semifinals will take place on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day with the title game coming on the first Monday that is six or more days after the first semifinal.

The championship date gives way to a new chapter in college football’s storied history – “Championship Monday.”

Instead of polls and computers, the Top 4 teams will be determined in a fashion that is familiar, albeit in another sports: a selection committee. College basketball has used a selection committee for decades, and with a high degree of success. There are criticisms every year, which is inevitable, but by and large the committee is commended for their vetting.

The committee will rank playoff teams based on won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head and if a team is conference champion. Who and how many will be on the committee is not yet known, but the most-commonly used number has been 15. Past coach, players, administrators and media are expected to be included in the selection process.

“I like the human element of the selection committee and the guiding principles for selection,” said Smith, who was the chairman of the men’s basketball selection committee in 2011.

“As we moved forward to identify a new model, we had a couple of really important issues,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “We wanted to continue to support the regular season, we think it does that. We also wanted it to be inside the bowl season, it does that. We also think the method for selecting teams is more rational, it has fewer conflicts and is more transparent. So when I think at the whole situation, I think college football, the Big Ten and the players and coaches are well served.”

THE Details

  • Four-team playoff with 12-year deal through 2025 season;
  • Begins with 2014 season, first title game will be held Jan. 12, 2015; 
  • A selection committee will choose playoff teams;
  • Six bowls will rotate the two semifinal games, title game site will be bid out;
  • Big Ten will remain affiliated with Rose Bowl; 
  • No automatic qualifiers for top six bowls.

This playoff still doesn’t have the feel of professional postseasons, or even college basketball’s championship process. With only four teams being a part of the playoff, the “little guy” – Boise State, Mountain West, Sun Belt, MAC, etc. – could still be underrepresented.

The new postseason format will not include automatic qualifiers. A selection committee could be more inclined to take a one-loss major conference school over Boise State, meaning a championship still would not be settled on the field.

“I think, generally, each conference will be represented,” Hancock said of the selection committee. “There's a lot of work to be done on that. I think a model will be the NCAA (men’s basketball) selection committee. We would be well-served to use that as a model.

“I think strength of schedule is going to be a very important part of this. Who did you play? Where did you play them? How did you do? I think you are going to have to play a good schedule in order to make it into a playoff.”

Among the other issues causing apprehension is the presidents’ and athletic directors’ rallying cry for years: class. Despite every other NCAA sport at every level having tournaments and playoffs to decide its national champion, meaning weeks of missed classes, administrators have never been able to comprehend that same process for Division I football.

Asked about the cons of the playoff, Smith said, “I am concerned with student-athlete wear and tear, couple days of classes being missed and family travel between games if your team wins the semis and advances. (It will be) expensive.”

There are still many undecided variables, the biggest of which being what the event will be called. Revenue sharing and the bowls involved are also not yet known. But a TV deal well over $1 billion dollars is expected to be reached.

YEAR SEMIFINAL #1 SEMIFINAL #2
2007 #4 Oklahoma vs #1 Ohio State #3 Virginia Tech vs #2 LSU
2008 #4 Alabama vs #1 Oklahoma #3 Texas vs #2 Florida
2009 #4 TCU vs #1 Alabama #3 Cincinnati vs #2 Texas
2010 #4 Stanford vs #1 Auburn #3 TCU vs #2 Oregon
2011 #4 Stanford vs #1 LSU #3 Oklahoma State vs #2 Alabama
Even utilizing BCS standings, the last five postseasons would have been electric.

Since its introduction to fans, the BCS has done nothing but garner criticism and harsh words from fans. The drumbeat became louder the past five seasons, reaching a crescendo the past two seasons with the release of Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel’s acclaimed book “Death to the BCS” and last season’s title game rematch between LSU and Alabama.

The response from the powers-that-be was unprecedented in the history of intercollegiate athletics. Never before has an administrating body been so in tune to the clientele’s demands.

“(A playoff was in) response to the public, response to the interest in college football,” former Big XII interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said. “The BCS has done a great deal in helping promote college football, and there's a general feeling we need to do something better to determine a national champion.”

The last serious look at a playoff came in 1994 but was ultimately struck down. Then-NCAA executive director Dick Schultz argued that the postseason in college football needed to usher in an era of change so a true national champion could be decided. Eighteen years later, Schultz’s wishes have come to fruition.

“The Football Bowl Association wishes to congratulate the BCS Commissioners and Oversight Committee on their careful deliberations concerning the future of the college football postseason,” Football Bowl Association Executive Director Wright Waters said.

“The 35 bowls located in 28 communities and staffed by thousands of community volunteers look forward to working with the commissioners to insure the continued growth of the sport we all admire. The bowls provide a unique postseason experience for student-athletes, fans, coaches and the American public. Today is the beginning of an exciting time in the future of college football and we are committed to continuing the rich tradition of the bowls.”

The bowls are likely here to stay, but already, less than 24 hours after the sport’s biggest announcement, college football detractors are displeased. Some want eight teams, others 16, a faction wants all 11 conference champions involved.

“I think there will always be more people who want more,” Delany said. “Sometimes less is more. We thought two (teams) worked for 14 years, and I’m sure this is going to work for at least 12.”

Only time will tell.

45 Comments

Comments

Nappy's picture

So with 2 of 6 bowls hosting semi-finals games each year, are the remaining 4 bowls still going to be "BCS" style games?  I know there are no conference tie ins, will those 4 bowls just pick from non playoff teams?

Fan of bacon since 1981

Rx Script Ohio's picture

Any idea where the 2 new bowls will be located? Even though it sounds like OSU would be in the Rose Bowl regardless, something in the Midwest/Northeast would be great for college football.

NW Buckeye's picture

Your six bowls are as follows:  Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange – the new “Champions Bowl” between the SEC and Big XII champions and the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium  No chance for a semifinal bowl in the Midwest/Northeast.  The final will be out to bid, so there is a chance there. 

Deshaun's picture

It would be great if Indianapolis could step up as a site for a bowl game within the 6-bowl rotation. A city with a luxurious stadium, a track record as a great host city for major sporting events (Super Bowl XLVI, NCAA Final Four, Big Ten basketball and football championships, etc), and a new geographic area for major bowl games would be a tremendous value add. The same area of the country already has home games in New Orleans and Miami. Adding another game in Florida would give them half of the 6 semifinal host games. It seems a foregone conclusion the game in Dallas will be elevated. With two years to get it up and running, it would be great if Indianapolis could host the sixth major (just don’t call it a “BCS”) bowl game. That game could even host the Big Ten – Pac 12 matchup on New Year’s Day in years the Rose Bowl is a semifinal host.

SaintTressel's picture

The uprising was akin to the Arab Spring of 2011 – peaceful protests that brought forth needed change to an oppressive system.

uhh

Kyle Rowland's picture

Poor comparison, it's been deleted. 

Kyle Rowland's picture

Not yet known. The Champions Bowl does not have a home yet. Possibile bowls to join the six-game rotation are Chick-Fil-A (Atlanta), Cotton (Dallas), Capital One (Orlando) and Gator (Jacksonville). 

cplunk's picture

The last four post seasons as shown in your graphic would not have included a B1G team. 
If the non-Urban Meyer teams do not step up their level of play, I can see the B1G falling by the wayside rather easily. 

Kyle Rowland's picture

If anything, it helps the Big Ten. The only way you were making it before was by being undefeated or having one loss. The SEC had a monopoly on one spot, so there was basically one spot up for grabs every year. The chart comparison just used the Top 4 in the final BCS standings. With a selection committee, the chances are of the Big Ten champion making a four-team playoff are very high.

BucksfanXC's picture

I love having a beat writer on this site. I am so glad I donated to that fund.

“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

NC_Buckeye's picture

So what did we learn? If two SEC schools make it to the championship, a new system will be adopted promptly in the following off-season. The SEC is hated that much.
Also SEC homer sports-writers are coming out of their shells. See Forde ("They've come together behind the shrewd, circumspect leader of the SEC [Slive], whose league has won six consecutive national titles and now won the postseason showdown as well") and Staples ("Three SEC Teams and a Baby").
No bias there.

Kyle Rowland's picture

Eh, the SEC certainly isn't beloved by a large section of fans, but to say the system was changed in response to that is inaccurate. Mike Slive, the SEC commissioner, was the main backer of a playoff proposal and has been for years. 

yrro's picture

I think that any conference sending two teams to the finals would have had a similar result. This is just the first year that managed to happen.
If OSU/UM had rematched in 2006, I think this would have happened even earlier.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I support a 4-team playoff. The powers-that-be never offered even a half-assed expanation (maybe a quarter-ass explanation?) for why no home-field semis, whereas this model has several very serious, glaring problems, which they want to gloss over. But I am perfectly willing to give it a fair shot, etc. Because I'm a pompous ass, of course, I see myself as eminently reasonable and, anyway, it is an improvement over the messy BCS.
To all of you who are perhaps a bit too cheerful about this format, though, let me remind you of what is not always reasonable: human perceptions, en masse - i.e. group pscychology (although most individuals are fairly reasonable on their own).
About eight seconds after this model was adopted, it became the status-quo and is now taken for granted. Consequently, this brand new model already sucks in the minds of the masses. It sucks because it could be better, but now we're stuck with it for the next 12 odd years. It sucks because it's real and therefore doesn't live up to anyone's ideal. The buyer's remorse on this time share will be fierce, brotha'.  
This tendency is completely unfair to the model's designers, but it is what it is. A good model can overcome such tendencies over time. I'm skeptical it will, but maybe they'll prove me wrong.
I won't be among those, however, who volunteers to defend/promote it. Whereas I would have vehemently promoted home field semis (not that they care what I think).

yrro's picture

It will be interesting to see whether the bowl revenue levels will survive for the championship game. I've been to both the Rose Bowl and the Sugar bowl, and those trips were both financially and physically draining (if a hell of a lot of fun). There's no way I would have been able to pack up and head to Miami a week later for a championship.
I think they got everything right but the lack of home game semifinals, but it's the best I think that could have been expected given the inexplicable hold the bowls have on school administrators.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Two of the main issues with the format include: 6-12 day turn around between semis and NCG; the expectation that fans will travel to CCG, semis, and NCG.
On the latter problem, they'll supposedly turn the NCG into a "corporate event," which presents very serious problems of its own. But I'm also not sure it resolves the demand problems possibly associated with back-to-back-to-back events in the span of 4-5 weeks. Thus, to make it work financially, they'll really have to ramp up the corporate component of all three games, not just the NCG (because it creates a domino effect).
Maybe the conference championships will be roughly 50 percent corporate affairs (they're already, what, 30 percent corporate?), the bowls 30-40 percent corporate, and the NCG 75 percent corporate? The minority of hard-core traveling fans that do gain entrance to these events will be shocked at the increased levels of corporatization, commercializaton, etc. Obviously, those elements are already very prevalent at CCGs and bowls, but these events will become that much cheesier, more sanitized, exclusive, and so forth.  
Also, how much power/leverage did the bowls really have in this process? I'm perplexed about how this will play out for the bowls, actually, as this model will profoundly alter the traditional bowl arrangements. It seems like the Sugar and the Rose bowls might both have lost some value? Has anyone explored all the different scenarios likely to happen under this model and what will be their implications for the bowls?

Maestro's picture

we care what you think (RFR), I think

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks, Maestro. And I care what you and many others on 11W think.
I'd like to see the rationales/arguments, in detail, used by the powers-that-be to eliminate home field semifinals, but I doubt they'll care to reveal those. Maybe they had good reasons, but I haven't heard them. Whereas the problems with this model are very evident.
What exactly were Gene Smith's and Delany's positions? Did they agree that home semis were superior, but politically infeasible? Or that this approach is better, in addition to being politically feasible?
Did the power brokers really consider all the scenarios and implications, or did they sort of "back into" this model as a result of compromises?

OldColumbusTown's picture

From what has been stated in the media, the reasoning behind getting away from home semifinals is the "logistical nightmare" that would ensue for certain locations.  I know someone pointed out Happy Valley and the fact it would be tough for them to host all the fans, media, etc. necessary to conduct a national semifinal game.
To me, it's obviously all about the benjamins.  Conference commissioners are scared to death that at some point a team like TCU, Boise, West Virginia, Kansas State, and so on, would host the game and there would not be adequate seating for corporate sponsors, or limited city/school functionality to host a semifinal game.  It will be easier for them to get the desired monetary value out of contractual agreements with already existing bowl sites who have handled the process before.
IMHO, about 5-6 years into the new playoff, it will be decided that home-stadium semifinals are needed to create the atmosphere which most aligns with college football now, rather than what we've grown accustomed to at the Super Bowl/corporate events.

yrro's picture

I'm not so sure. The NCAA tournament in no way resembles the regular season atmosphere for most teams, but is something entirely its own.
I think that some of the real objection may be due to cost/safety. Most college stadiums are not outfitted to handle winter games when the ground has turned to permafrost. Lambeau may have snow on the ground, but the field is still heated to keep it softer than concrete.

Maestro's picture

Basically this playoff set up does little if anything to reward those who make college football so great.  The students, the fans who attend games, and the local establisments that host them in fantastic campuses across the country.
RFR was right.  It sucks.  HA !!!!

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

But I never understood that point.
On the one hand, I cannot recall any of those teams ever being among the top 2 in the final rankings - Boise, K State. TCU, etc. Sure, it could happen, but the inclusion of those teams might cut into the profits using this model, too.
On the other hand, the schools that do make it into the final 2 - the Ohio States, Floridas, LSUs can easily accomodate a semifinal event. Even if you take small towns with huge stadiums - e.g., Nebraska and PSU - I don't get the difference with a semifinal versus a regular season game. They already sell out their stadiums. They can't fill 'em any more than they're already doing so. "Oh, but there will be 100 more media members in town . . . oh, no, those 100 extra people are the straws that will break the camels back . . ."
Maybe this is what they mean: there won't be enough luxury hotel suites in such places for the media elites, NCAA officials, and other V.I.P.s? In other words, the problem was going to be that Mark Emmert's wife and some ESPN vice president would have to sleep at the Holiday Inn Express instead of the Ritz-Carlton, or that he/she might be unable to get a reservation at Chez Nous? "That cannot be allowed to happen!! We must create a 4-team playoff system that ensures the important people will be able to ejnoy the lifestyles to which we are accustomed!"
I'm still calling b.s. on that.      

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Eventually there will have to be an 8-team playoff. Some teams that really are good enough to earn a playoff berth will not be included in a 4-team group. That will happen and there will be plenty of catcalls for expansion of the system. Hypothetically speaking, say there are two Big Ten teams that finish 12-0 and play each other for the Big Ten title (example, Ohio State and Michigan State -- when MSU doesn't play OSU). What if the committee selectors take a 10-3 SEC team that they think is better -- and not the SEC title winner -- and exclude the Big Ten title game loser that's 12-1? You can hear the screams now. What if there are two Pac 12 teams that are 12-0 and the loser doesn't go to the 4-team playoff? Same screams from them.

Poison nuts's picture

There will always be debate on this subject. I'm happy something did happen and there's been a change. I hear what you're saying on 8 teams. Plenty of others feel that it will go there eventually. Personally I like the idea of a 6 team playoff. The top four and two "wild cards". I believe that every year, the top 6 teams in all the polls, regardless of order - are typically the best 6 teams out there.
Either way - progress is progress. Glad a change was made.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

chitown buckeye's picture

Although, with two teams getting a buy, I would worry that there is plenty of time off already between the conferance championships and the semis. I would hate to be the team that sits out 3-4 weeks while these other teams are playing and hitting on all cylinders and you come out rusty.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

yrro's picture

I think that this would make the most sense if we started playing semis the week after conference championships. The minor bowl games are already playing then.

Poison nuts's picture

Maybe - but I think a one week bye can be good. I'm thinking OSU - Wisky this year. Time heal up & prepare but short enough that no real rust sets in.
But hey - looks like there's another 12 years to debate this one.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Catch 5's picture

Some teams that really are good enough to earn a playoff berth will not be included in a 4-team group.

This is the problem.  You can change the "4" to an "8" when you have your way, and some will be clamoring for 16, or 24, or 32.  Before we know it everyone makes the playoffs and the regular season has the same meaning that basketball's does - none. 
We should be looking instead at the teams that have a rightfull claim to the #1 spot, not the #4.  If every team that can make that claim is included, we have solved the problem - any team beyond that is detrimental to the importance of the regular season.  In most years there are 2-4 teams that could be the best based on the body of work, so 4 is the right number.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Baroclinicity's picture

I'm sure we'll end up with a season that, at some point, will have the #5 team with a legit beef about not getting in.  Maybe something like 3 undefeateds and 2 strong 1 loss teams.  But everyone is so hell bent on finding a perfect solution when it is more than obvious that a perfect solution does not and will not ever exist.
I agree that 4 is the right number, and have generally agreed with your stance on this subject. 
I still think that the northern schools are totally hosed with never getting some sort of coincidental type home game, where as southern schools will continue to play in their back yards, now for possibly two games instead of one, creating that much more spread in difficulty for the Ohio States of the world.  I know the SEC has dominated, and I'm sure in many cases recently "home" field may not have mattered much.  That will not always be the case in the future, though.  Eliminating (actually, just continuing to not include) the northern component was a complete swing and miss, and paves the way for continued southern school success with 2 big games now a requirement to win, always in enemy territory.
This will bite Ohio State in years to come.  Guaranteed.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

DaveCHS's picture

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing after all the other possibilities have been exhausted.

Maestro's picture

The Champions Bowl is so stupid and lame.  It will NEVER (mark my words) NEVER host the Big XII vs SEC Champions.  Not once in its entire existence will it ever be what it is being hyped as.

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You're right - it will never host both the B12 and SEC champ. Rarely will it host either of them.
What happens to the Sugar Bowl?
With six bowls in the rotation, each major bowl gets one-year as a semifinal, followed by two years of hosting leftovers.
Thus, when it is hosting a semifinal, the Rose Bowl will be something like USC v. Bama or Florida State versus TCU. The other two years, it will be something like the 2nd place P12 team, say Oregon, playing 6th ranked Big ten champ Wisky. Very rarely will the Rose Bowl involve both a P12 and a Big Ten team competing for the NC. And if Ohio State is the 4th team selected to be in the playoff, they might be playing a 1/2 ranked SEC team team in their "home" bowl even though the Rose Bowl is hosting a semifinal.
Not that they have choice, but is the Rose Bowl happy about this model?

BED's picture

Still lol'ing that UC was ranked #3 that one time.  Oh, Big LEast.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Maestro's picture

BED is staff.  Nice.

vacuuming sucks

BED's picture

Thanks Maestro!

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

NC_Buckeye's picture

@Bed, when did you become staff? You know you're going to have to switch to first-name last-name now instead of anonymous commentor ID?
Congratulations BTW.

BED's picture

I do know that, we've just not fixed it up yet.

And thanks! I've been on since January, but I'm a behind-the-scenes guy, not a writer, so my staff-ness wasn't an issue.  That is until those boss avatars Walt made compelled me to demand my staff tag.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

buckeye76BHop's picture

I'm sure everyone is getting a nice piece of the "5 Billion Dollar" pie for broadcasting rights on the play offs alone(not to mention other profits)...so my guess is they're happy.  They'll still have a Rose Bowl every year and once in a while it will have the B1G and Pac 12 champ...may be.  It's all about money ladies and gents...but hey...I don't give a shit!  It's about damn time...all competitive sports have a play off at almost every level.  I'm sure coaches like Saban and Meyer aren't very happy because they thrived in the BCS/BSC model.  Oh well...time to adapt, improvise, and overcome.  Go Bucks!

"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 

yrro's picture

I'm sure they're happier. You've got that much bigger of a target to hit to get into the game, and you've still only got to beat two teams in a row. Meyer might have won a national championship the game after beating up on Cinci.

MediBuck's picture

Actually, by the BCS standings, the B1G would have gotten shut out of the last four "playoffs"
 
Below are the highest ranked Big Ten team going into "Championship Week"
2007 - #1 Ohio State
2008 - #8 Penn State
2009 - #8 Ohio State
2010 - #5 Wisconsin
2011 - #10 Wisconsin
The real losers are the Big East and the former Non-AQ teams, as they may never end up sniffing a bid. The B1G, Pac-12, and ACC will have to contend for one or two of the spots, while the SEC and Big XII are the winners. I was always a Plus-one supporter, but for the first time, I think I'm leaning towards an 8-team playoff. This multiple teams per league rule is bullsh*t

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

BED's picture

Yep.  That's why it needs to be a four highest ranked conference champs rule.  If you don't win your conference, why should you get a second shot?

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Bucksfan's picture

I'm pretty sure the main reason for the playoff is to eliminate the automatic qualifiers for the major bowl games.  These game execs were being forced to host teams they would never select in a billion years.  Most of that has to do with money and branding, yes of course.  But the fact of the matter is that no one watched Oklahoma-Boise State in 2007...and the upsets in bowls don't matter because the game doesn't mean anything.
With the expansion to 5 BCS games in 2006, attendance at these BCS bowls has substantially decreased, and a lot of that is certainly due to cr*ppy matchups.  People might say that the Sugar Bowl had no business selecting either Michigan or Virginia Tech last year.  Well, yes they did...that's THEIR business.  They would have taken a huge loss by selecting Boise State/Kansas State...and more importantly, no one would have watched.
In a meaningless game, viewership means everything.  Diluting the pool of selectable teams has been hard on the bowls.  
By making the national championship game a matchup of two teams that would have normally been in those major bowls pre-2006, they're going back to increasing the appeal of the bowls by making sure that better teams are playing in them.  The BCS is a failed experiment, but not because of the championship game.  It's a failed experiment because of what it forced bowls to do.

pcon258's picture

gota say im a little dissapointed in delaney. i was hoping he was gona find a way to somehow manage to get the playoff sites at least somewhat near the midwest. the playoff is more important, but i wouldve liked to eliminate the whole southern home field advantage argument, whether or not its valid

RBuck's picture

I'm laying odds that the coaches hate this. They could have as little as 6 days to prepare for the championship game. The fans of the teams would have the same time to make travel arrangements.
Should be at least a two week gap, minimun.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)