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Comment 07 Feb 2012

Everyone has their own playoff plan, here is mine:

- Current BCS formula is used to generate team rankings
- Except:  winners of the 11 conferences (however they are determined)
are seeded 1-11
- 5 "at large" teams fill the remaining 5 slots (as seeds 12-16, based
on highest BCS ratings)  -- limit 1 "at large" team per conference
- "At large" team in the same half of the bracket as their conference
winner will be moved down in seed until the team is isn't in the half
as the winner.

My raw seeding:
LSU, Oklahoma St, Oregon, Wisconsin, Clemson, TCU, S. Miss, WVU, Louisiana Tech, N Illinois, Arkansas St, Alabama, Stanford, Boise State, Kansas St, Va Tech

Modified seeding:
LSU, Oklahoma St, Oregon, Wisconsin, Clemson, TCU, S. Miss, WVU, Louisiana Tech, N Illinois, Arkansas St, Stanford, Boise State, Alabama, Va Tech, Kansas St

- some interesting games in round 1:
Alabama at Oregon
Boise at Wisconsin
- some duds
Ark St at TCU
N. ILL at So Miss

Let's consider bowls (assuming that we want to keep them)
- Playoff round 1, happens at campus sites (higher seed) in early December
- Lets assume that the remaining 7 playoff games will be assigned to a
bowl (can be auctioned by the NCAA).  Let's assume Cotton, Capital
One, Sugar, Chick-fil-A, Fiesta, Orange, Rose at locked into the
playoff bracket.
- The only risk is that fans won't follow their teams multiple weeks
in a row (not a problem for basketball - 3 trips in 3 weekends)
- Bowl assignments for the other bowls can happen with the 8 losers +
all other bowl eligible teams.
- How would the bowls look:  Lets assume that in my scenario all the
higher seed wins every game:

Playoff Round 1 winners:
LSU, Oklahoma St, Oregon, Wisconsin, Clemson, TCU, S. Miss, WVU

Related Bowls:
Playoff Round 2:
Cotton:  LSU vs. WVU
CapOne: OK State vs S. Miss
Chick-Fil-A: Oregon vs. TCU
Sugar: Wisconsin vs. Clemson

Playoff Round 3:
Fiesta:  LSU vs Wisconsin
Orange:  OK State vs. Oregon

Rose:  LSU vs. OK State

Playoff Round 1 Losers:
Louisiana Tech, N Illinois, Arkansas St, Stanford, Boise State, Alabama, Va Tech, Kansas St

Related Bowls:
Advocare V100 Independence Bowl:  Wake Forest vs. SDSU
AutoZone Liberty Bowl:  Houston vs. Georgia
BBVA Compass Bowl:  Rutgers vs. Auburn
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl:  Pittsburgh vs. C-USA #5
Belk Bowl:  UVA vs. Cincinnati
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl:  SMU vs. BYU
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl:  Oklahoma vs. Washington
Champs Sports Bowl:  VA Tech vs. Notre Dame
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:  Ohio vs. Utah State
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:  GA Tech vs. South Carolina
Gator Bowl:  Michigan vs. Arkansas Bowl:  N. ILL vs. WKU
Hyundai Sun Bowl:  Florida State vs. Cal
Insight Bowl:  Baylor vs. Penn State
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:  Pac-12 #7 vs. Utah
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl:  Iowa vs. Toledo
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas:  Boise State vs. Arizona State
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas:  Missouri vs. Nebraska
Military Bowl:  NC State vs. Temple
New Era Pinstripe Bowl:  Texas vs. Louisville
New Mexico Bowl:  Air Force vs. Pac-12 #8
Outback Bowl:  Michigan State vs. Alabama
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:  Marshall vs. Arkansas St
SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl:  Wyoming vs. LA Tech
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl:  Tulsa vs. Hawaii
TicketCity Bowl:  Purdue vs. Texas A&M
Valero Alamo Bowl:  Kansas State vs. Stanford

Fun games of note:
TSUN vs. Arkansas
Sparty vs. Alabama
Houston vs. Georgia -- I'd love to see Houston run it up :)
Big 12 rematch:  Nebraska vs. Missouri

Notice: no Florida, OSU


Comment 12 Jan 2012


You talk about colleges running developmental programs.  I think that you are close to being right....  University athletics often serves as a minor league for profession sports and I think that this is wrong.  Even more so, colleges shouldn't be operating their own minor leagues.  The pro level organization should be running the farm system.

What I find interesting is that 'Professional Baseball' has figured out a way to fund and operate an entire industry of minor/developmental leagues - outside of the University system.  

Sure, there are situations where college baseball may be 'better' (developing the player - not the person, etc), but it gives the athelte (not the student athlete) a vehicle to peddle their skill.  There are athletes who chose to jump straight from high school into professional baseball -- some end up in the majors quickly, some take years (and may have been better served playing University baseball).

Anyway, the point that I am trying to make is that MLB funds and operates this, why hasn't the NFL?