It’s time to be honest about the BCS

 

Today at 2:30 p.m. a Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “The Bowl Championship Series: Is it Fair and in Compliance with Antitrust Law?”

 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah),  you’ll  be shocked to hear, believes that the 12-0 (which later became 13-0) team from Utah was denied the opportunity to play for the national championship by the BCS system, which picks two teams to play for the title after the regular season. In a Sports Illustrated story last week, Hatch called the BCS “biased” and claimed that it “probably” violates antitrust laws.

This is the second time this year representatives of college athletics have been hauled before Congress for a dog and pony show to score cheap political points with the folks back home. Earlier it was Rep. Joe Barton of Texas (sense a trend here?), who called the BCS “communist.”

 

Here is the problem I have with this entire exercise. If you want to have four-team, eight-team or 16-team playoff to decide college football’s national championship, then let’s have that argument. I, for one, would like to see a four-team playoff where the teams are seeded 1-4. And if the Rose Bowl is willing to play ball (and that’s a big IF), there is a possibility that gets done when the new BCS contract begins in the 2014 season.

 

What I don’t like is that in criticizing the BCS, and there is a lot to legitimately criticize, those who want change show that they have not done their homework. In the interest of creating a memorable sound bite or quote, the critics show an incredible amount of intellectual dishonesty, or total lack of knowledge, about what the BCS is and is not and what it has done and hasn’t done for post-season college football.

 

Again, I’m not a blind supporter of the BCS. There is change that I want. But here are a few facts:

 

Fact: Utah was not DENIED a chance to play for the BCS national championship. Utah had as much a chance to play for the BCS title as any other school. But 175 people voted in the Harris Interactive and coaches polls, two of the three components in the BCS formula. The 114 people in the Harris poll voted Utah seventh. The 61 coaches in the USA Today poll also voted Utah seventh and no coach—NONE—voted Utah higher than No. 5. Of the 114 people who voted in the Harris Poll only five voted Utah No. 5 or better.

Fact: Even the coaches in Utah’s league, the Mountain West, did not step up for the Utes when it counted. Joe Glenn of Wyoming had Utah at No. 5. Rocky Long of New Mexico and Gary Patterson of TCU had them at No. 7. Kyle Whittingham, Utah’s own coach, had his team at No. 5.

So where was all the love for Utah BEFORE they played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? The fact is that while Utah deserved to win because the Utes flat outplayed the Crimson Tide (who didn’t want to be there), it wasn’t until AFTER the Sugar Bowl that Utah became this incredible juggernaut which should have been given the chance to play for it all.

 

Fact: For all of the flaws of the BCS, the fact is that it has provided bowl opportunities that the supposedly aggrieved schools had never had in the past. How many times had Utah played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Hawaii played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Boise State played in a New Year’s Day bowl before the BCS? If you answered zero to all three questions you’d be right. “The fact of the matter is that the BCS has given access to those conference that they never had before,” said former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer, considered to be the godfather of the BCS. “Look at the history of the major bowls. They had almost never invited one of those teams before the BCS.”

 

Fact: The original BCS agreement that was put together back in 1998 never would have happened unless the champions of those six “equity” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10) had been promised automatic slots.

“Those conferences already had automatic bowl bids. We (in the SEC) had a long standing agreement with the Sugar Bowl,” said Kramer. “There is no way that those conferences were going to give that up without a guaranteed slot. And remember that we were working with four bowls and those were the conferences they were used to dealing with.”

The fact is that the free marketplace determined that those six conferences would get automatic bids and there were at-large spots made available to teams that could play their way in. Maybe you believe that market forces have no place in college athletics, but that is how it happened. It wasn’t a conspiracy to keep the other teams out. It was the only way to get the deal done.

 

Fact: While the six equity conferences do get an automatic bid and the $18 million payday that comes with it, the five Coalition Conferences (Conference USA, MAC, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) have placed a team in the BCS in four of the past five seasons. Those five conferences get an automatic $9.5 million for participating and another $9.5 million when they place a team in a BCS game. So over the past five seasons the BCS has pumped about $80 million into those five Coalition conferences.

 That’s a lot of money that did not even exist before the advent of the BCS. Should the Coalition Conferences get more? Yes, and I believe they will. I also believe that in the future the conferences will be able to get more than one team in the BCS if they have two teams in the Top 10.

All of this leads us to a final fact about the BCS:

Fact: The BCS does not violate antitrust law and this Senate committee knows it.  I’ve spoken to a number of top antitrust lawyers, including Tom Rhodes of Smith, Gambrell & Russell here in Atlanta. They all agreed that the BCS may not be popular with some college football fans but it does not violate the law—at least as the law is currently written and interpreted by the courts.

“The original agreement was put together by a group of antitrust lawyers and has been reviewed several times since,” said Kramer. “Now there are some political problems that the BCS must deal with but when it comes to the law, unless it gets interpreted in a totally different way, the BCS should be on solid ground.”

The fact of the matter is that whether or not you like the BCS, and a lot of folks don’t, it created something that didn’t exist before: A mechanism to match the No. 1 and the No. 2 team for the national championship. It also increased bowl revenues exponentially because it created something of value to the television networks. It also has access points for the teams in the Coalition Conferences. All they have to do is finish in the Top 12 of the final BCS standings.

Again, if you want a playoff, then let’s have that discussion. But bashing the BCS is like bashing the IRS. It’s easy. The fact is that with all of its flaws, it’s better than what we used to have. I remember Georgia Tech having to play in the Citrus Bowl in 1990 to win its national championship. I remember No. 2 Penn State not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1994. I remember No. 2 Texas not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1983.

The system is going to change because the marketplace is going to eventually demand it, not because Congress is going to push to make its constituents happy. And that’s a fact.

 

270 comments Add your comment

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
12:08 pm

To Tide Rising

My bad. Thanks for the correction. Shoot, we’re even better than I thought…..BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Georgia Tech Trivia

July 7th, 2009
12:11 pm

Also, former President Jimmy Carter took “additional mathematics courses” at Georgia Tech. He had a wife name Rosalyn and a brother named Billy. He was from Plains, GA. He served in the Navy. See Dick, see Jane……

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:14 pm

what was the score of the G-day spring game 13-3? Notice how dawg fans have nothing to look forward to. Except more magic from Willie and Bobo (sounds like a pathetic clown duo. Oh wait, it is.) Everything I’ve seen on these blogs from uga fans is about the past and nothing about the future. Rarely positive, rarely insightful. And then there’s the grinch who apparently has a seizure coupled with uncontrollable flatulance when he finishes typing. Yes the SEC has won three titles in a row, but how many have gone through athens?

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

To Woodee

Speaking of clown names. Woodee?? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Do you “pop” a wooded when posting?

And when, in this decade, has a NC or ACC championship gone through Atlanta?

Dawgs

July 7th, 2009
12:19 pm

I thought that this was very well written, and I agree with most of what you said.

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:21 pm

thanks for making my point for me

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:22 pm

I pop “wooded” often

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
12:27 pm

Grinch, Georgia Tech Trivia posted that info in response to earlier mutt slams against Tech as having poorer academic standings than either UGAG or Ga Southern; that’s a laugh. The original post (as I said, by one of your kind) had nothing to do with the BCS either. In fact, if you read back through all the posts, very few had anything at all to do with the BCS, which, as you correctly said, is what this blog was SUPPOSED to deal with. And you are as guilty of NOT staying on the subject as anyone here, so STFU.

Whoops!

July 7th, 2009
12:29 pm

“And when, in this decade, has a NC or ACC championship gone through Atlanta?”

Uh, every year the SEC Champion has won the BCS Championship Game. That’s four times this past decade (2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009).

As for the ACC Championship going through Atlanta, that appears to be a goose egg.

The Blog Referee

July 7th, 2009
12:33 pm

Gentlemen,

Please note that the comment of blogger “m” @ 9:24 am has been deleted because of its explicit content and extreme discourtesy to the moderator and other bloggers, as requested.

Let’s tone it down, fellas, and not embarrass yourselves on this blog. Presumably, you are adults. Please act accordingly.

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:34 pm

Dare I say it, I do hope uga beats the ass off of ARK and LSU

Does Marta REALLY Believe in Tele-Commuting

July 7th, 2009
12:36 pm

Whoever knows, please outline the current D-1-AA playoff system.

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:37 pm

Petrino and Miles can suck the proverbial railroad spike and choke on it. I’d be happy if those two lowlifes never won another game let alone have a winning season EVER

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:42 pm

Gator Man

July 7th, 2009
12:44 pm

Everybody knows Florida was the best team last year and the BCS allowed them to show it… so whats the problem?

Nachos

July 7th, 2009
12:48 pm

FEAR THE BLACKOUT !!!

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:49 pm

Woodee

July 7th, 2009
12:50 pm

the problem is the other 9 teams in the top ten

Gator Man

July 7th, 2009
12:54 pm

I’ve never heard anyone complaing.. he we shoulda been number 6 instead of number 7.. i mean.. who really cares at that point

CFB Nut

July 7th, 2009
1:00 pm

Right on, Tony. A well-reasoned and knowledgeable breakdown of the FACTS about the college football postseason.

I think, down the road, a four-team playoff within the current bowl structure would be great. We’d still have controversy at No. 4 vs. No. 5, and we’d still have three great championship-level games to decide it. We could use the current polls/computers to decide the top four, which would still stoke the fires and generate discussion in the media.

You could have the semifinals on New Year’s Day (making New Year’s special again) and rotate them among the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and, if the Rose will play ball, Pasadena (I’m sure the Cotton Bowl would be willing to take the Rose’s place). The title game could be played 7-10 days later.

This takes away the logistics and academic arguments the BCS presidents have made. Games would still end by early January, and we would still have the long break between the conference title games and Jan. 1, leaving time for finals and an opportunity to rest up from the regular season and prevent injury.

It will take a generation of university presidents and chancellors to retire to see this progressive thinking. Deep down, the conference commissioners and bowl leadership agree with the coaches, players and fans that a four-team playoff would be a logical next step.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
1:05 pm

Gator Man,

There is no problem. The bcs got it right and the best team UF won it all. People just like to complain but the reality is that in most years the bcs has mostly gotten it right and as Tony pointed out the current system is 10 times better than what we had before with the no. 1 team sometimes playing a no. 6 or 7 team depending on the bowl tie in.

I think a plus one or 4 team playoff as Tony pointed out would solve everything. A 5th team would complain about being left out but how many times in the past is there a 5th team that has a legit beef about being left out? Usually its a 3rd team like Auburn in 2004 or 2 teams like UGA and USC in 07 but rarely is there a 5th team with a legit gripe.

8 team or 16 team playoff will never work though because it either detracts from the bowl season, makes the season too long, or would require scaling back 1 game in the regular season which will never ever happen. Too many schools need that extra game to generate much needed revenues.

jarvis

July 7th, 2009
1:08 pm

Twice in the last 3 weeks the Supreme Court has ruled against standing precedent. One on age discrimination and the other on reverse discrimination. Not very close to anti-trust, but bucking precedent seems to be a growing trend in the higher Court.

Tony the whole problem with a monopoly (or polyopoly as this would be) is that they tend to ignore the market. What are consumers going to do? There is not alternative for college football fans. They aren’t going to turn off the TV.

That said, I hate government involvement in anything.

DawginLex

July 7th, 2009
1:08 pm

m the idiot,

It might be all hype but the crystal in the cases says otherwise. ACC will never compete for the national title as long as it hires 2nd rate coaches. Butch Davis is the only hope for the ACC and he won’t stay around too much longer before he will bolt to the SEC or Big 12.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
1:11 pm

DawginLex, so does that mean that you finally accept the fact that Tech won a share of the 1990 National Championship? After all, we have the crystal in the case, as you put it—the same crystal trophy that is now awarded to the BCS champion.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
1:12 pm

WAAAAH STAY ON SUBJECT WAAAAH UGAY GETS ARRESTED FOR DRINKING A BEER WAAAAAAAH YOU CAN’T JUDGE ME FOR JERKING IT TO HENTAI PORN WAAAAAAAAAH

Drew-G-A

July 7th, 2009
1:13 pm

What are we gonna fix by this. nothing. I hate all you basketball fans trying to ruin our great sport. You just started getting in to College Football and now you think you know how it should be run. There’s NO way for a playoff to even be fair. It’s called Strength of Schedule. If you playin one of the 6 elite conferences than you should get a better shot. If these namby pamby teams want to be recognized at the end of the year, then get on the phone and call up an elite program to shcedule a regular season matchup against a BCS opponent.

Yes, Utah did beat Bama. But, that one win doesn’t warrant the wasting of my tax dollars for this circus. As long as TV is involved it’s always gonna be about money to a large extent. And while Utah is great and all, people simply aren’t going to give the stations the ratings they need for Ad money as much as a team from a BCS conference will. It’s called fanbase. It’s called having over 100 years of tradition as an elite program.

I’m all for Utah getting their shot. But let’s face, they were not voted in to that game despite beating bama because they played pancakes during their regular season, and had some close calls against those pancakes as well. If you want to be an elite program than keep on winning Sugar Bowls and start scheduling good non-conference opponents, or even join a better conference.

TO BE AN ELITE PROGRAM TAKES TIME. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. IT TAKES YEARS.

globeflyer

July 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

It’s time to let it go….As a Bama fan, we got whipped by Utah. (Outscored by The Gators.), BUT looking forward to this season, we have a lot of question marks….Thats what makes sports so much fun, a new season. Personally, I am more wary of Ole Miss than anyone else on our our schedule. Good luck to the Dogs, AU Tigers, Gators,Bayou Bengals, Rebels, etc., etc…UNTIL we meet on the field. Then I want us to hand you your head “on a platter”…RTR

wxwax

July 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

Saying the situation was worse before the BCS isn’t really much of a defense of the BCS.

I’d like to see an honest article about the power one single game, the Rose Bowl, has over the entire question of a college football playoff.

Talk about disproportionate. As always, it’s about the money.

Drew-G-A

July 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

By the way, wanted to say nice job Tony. I liked your reasonable approach to this whole thing.

[...] Tony returned from a month-long hiatus yesterday, and he’s back with a vengeance.  In his post from today, Mr. College Football talks very candidly about the BCS: What I don’t like is that in criticizing [...]

Eric

July 7th, 2009
1:28 pm

What do you expect from republicans? Maybe since she’s no longer a governor, Moronica Palin can step in and fix it.

Otto

July 7th, 2009
1:30 pm

Supersize, I will agree with you on the offtopic comments. UGA and GT both have their areas that they excel in. If I wanted an Engineering degree I would go to GT and for business UGA.

Tide, Tony has posted the teams that would not make a 4 team playoff. UGA in ‘07 and Utah last year among others would not make the cut for a playoff. It would lead to more problems and an 8 team playoff. If you play the old bowls and then a 4 team playoff it still may not be solved and will lead to further debate and 8 team playoff.

Basketball has how many teams and they still debate on who did not make it in. I’ll take the system the way it is. If the Government tries to fix it I have absolute faith they well further screw things up. They have a great track record at that.

Gen Neyland

July 7th, 2009
1:37 pm

GT Trivia :I have a neighbor that graduated from GT and I’m sure he’s a heck of an engineer when times are good for his business but in the game of logic, well…The guy bought a tractor that won’t go because it needs a new motor. Oh, they don’t make the motor he needs anymore and he can’t find one. He wanted to put chickens inside chicken wire between the rows of his garden to keep bugs out of it. When told that was rather odd, he opted to plant clover between the rows to keep the weeds out instead. I asked him if he ever heard of deer…We’uns that live around him call his place Green Acres.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

You said for me to STFU. STFU?? What are you, 13 years old. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

For the record, I’ll “STFU” when I care to, or when the AJC blocks my posts.

Coach D

July 7th, 2009
1:42 pm

I love the College Football Regular Season ,but hate it when it gets past the Conference Title games because everything is subjective.

Conversly I hate Pro Football during the regular season, because teams that clinch their division mail it in the last 2-3 weeks to rest up for the playoffs, and a team can lose 7 or 8 games and make it to the post season if they win their division while others that play in a tough division and finish 3rd in their division 10-6 or 11-5 can miss out. With that being said, I LOVE the NFL during playoff time, because a team like an Arizona who is playing with heart and momentum can knock off a 12-4 team like Carolina.

I just want to see the a championship decided on the field not by university presidents and conference officials. A Plus One is probably the easiest alternative. Florida would have beaten anyone last year so a playoff would have just delayed inevitable. And USC and Texas were the 2 best teams in the nation in 2005 in the best title game ever. But in 2007, 2006, 2004, and 2003, a plus one would have gotten it right. 1# vs. 4# and 2# vs. 3#. Teams will still get left out, but I think it will be a better season.

DA

July 7th, 2009
1:44 pm

Any politician caught talking about the BCS should be removed from office. Do we really want advice from the same government that brought us the postal system?

PTC DAWG

July 7th, 2009
1:46 pm

I find it funny that even on a blog not directly related to UGA, the GT fans come here and start spouting off of some sort of claimed superiority. Thanks for the humor.

Tom

July 7th, 2009
1:47 pm

“Georgia fans are passionate, but let’s face it – they’re not the brightest fans. Passionate, but not bright.” – Eric Zeier, Novemeber 21, 2001

Coach D

July 7th, 2009
1:48 pm

I love the College Football Regular Season ,but hate it when it gets past the Conference Title games because everything is subjective.

Conversly I hate Pro Football during the regular season, because teams that clinch their division mail it in the last 2-3 weeks to rest up for the playoffs, and a team can lose 7 or 8 games and make it to the post season if they win their division while others that play in a tough division and finish 3rd in their division 10-6 or 11-5 can miss out. With that being said, I LOVE the NFL during playoff time, because a team like an Arizona who is playing with heart and momentum can knock off a 12-4 team like Carolina.

I just want to see a championship decided on the field not by university presidents, conference officials,coaches, and the media worst of all. A Plus One is probably the easiest alternative. Florida would have beaten anyone last year so a playoff would have just delayed the inevitable. And USC and Texas were the 2 best teams in the nation in 2005 in the best title game ever. But in 2007, 2006, 2004, and 2003, a plus one would have gotten it right. 1# vs. 4# and 2# vs. 3#. Teams will still get left out, but I think it will be lead to a better post season.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
1:48 pm

grinch, considering the meaningless nature of your posts, you should be blocked just because of your ignorance. You are to UGAG what “m” has been to Tech—a total embarassment. Although to “m’s” credit, he has lately for the most part cleaned up his act. Your constant use of the “bwahaha….” crap is pretty indicative of a total lack of maturity. But I guess that’s the kind of help they hire at fast food places.

New Georgia Encyclopedia

July 7th, 2009
1:49 pm

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
1:58 pm

Grinch,

If they haven’t blocked a moron like m then they aint gonna block you by any means so I’m thinking we’re all pretty safe unless one of us starts sounding even worst than m. And sounding that idiotic would be hard to do. You would have to work hard to be more moronic.

Otto,

I see your point but still have to respectfully disagree. There will always be some complainers after the bowl season. I may have mistakenly thought UGA and USC were both ranked 3rd and 4th before the bowl games which probably wasn’t the case when I think of USC.

But the truth of the matter is that if you go back and look over the last 10 years you can’t find one season where a 4 team format or plus one wouldn’t have solved the problem.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
2:14 pm

Coach D,

Great point. There are many years and 2005 sticks out in my mind where there are clearly 2 teams that stand out and above everyone else and there really isn’t a need for a plus one or a 4 team playoff and in 2005 it would have just been a waste of time.

In other years a plus one or 4 team format to begin with such as 2004 when Auburn got left out would have been perfect.

We could solve this if they could have some flexibility and come up with a formula where in years where there is an overwhelming consensus as to who the top 2 teams are such as Texas-USC in 2005 we just let them play it out. There are a lot of years where we can very reasonably discern who the top 2 teams are such as when 2 bcs conference teams go unbeaten and everyone else has 1 or more losses.

In other years where the polls, records, and or bcs pts system indicates that there is not enough separation between the top 2 teams and a 3rd deserving team such as Auburn in 2004 we then automatically go to a plus one or a 4 team playoff. This would work in years where there are 3 or more undefeated teams or several teams have at least 1 loss or like in 2007 when several teams had 2 losses.

The only problem with this is that it would require just a little flexibility and common sense. And that would be a lot to ask for.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
2:22 pm

Okay, guys, if you have a 4-team, post-bowl playoff, where the 4 teams are selected from the winners of the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls, everyone understands that it’s really an 8-team playoff, right?

That means the cut-off is really between the 8th and 9th ranked teams, not between the 4th and 5th ranked teams. Hypothetically, here’s what a 4-team, post-bowl playoff would look like:

January 1st

Fiesta 1st vs 8th

Orange 2th vs 7th

Rose 3th vs 6th

Sugar 4th vs 5th

Bowl seedings would rotate yearly. You can rank them by whatever method on which 121 DivisionI/FBS presidents can agree. It doesn’t matter.

The next round would be played January 8th, or the Saturday following January 8th, so that there are at least 7 days between games. Semifinal games would be held on the campuses of the higher seeded teams, with tickets evenly split between the opposing fans.

Fiesta Winner vs. Sugar Winner

Orange Winner vs. Rose Winner

Monday night, nine days later, the National Championship Game would be held in a stadium that holds no fewer than 90,000 fans.

It’s all over no later than January 24th. Two teams would play a total of 15 or 16 games (depending on whether their conference holds a championship game), and two other teams would play a total of 14 or 15 games. No other team plays more than 13 or 14 games (the current 12-game schedule plus a bowl). All bowls other than the Big 4 are played as they always have been, with all of their usual conference tie-ins. It doesn’t matter.

There. All done. I solved the problem. I’m one smart Gator. Who’s up for drinks?

Otto

July 7th, 2009
2:24 pm

Tide,

http://blogs.ajc.com/barnhart-college-football/2009/04/23/would-a-four-team-playoff-solve-bcs-problems/ has a list of the Top 4 for the past 10 years.

It would solve some years but what if a 2 loss Ohio St wins in ‘05. How many teams will complain. Utah in’04, UGA and Hawaii are left out in ‘07 and Utah in ‘08. The undefeated Boise St team also get hung out. I agree the perfect system for each year varies but TV contracts and locations would be difficult to setup each year and who would decide? I’ll take the current system with its flaws.

Nachos

July 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

This just in…. Alabama just sacked Matt Stafford again.

Utah Utes… bring it!

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

You want to criticize me and others about our “lack of maturity”, yet you tell people to STFU. Classy, dude, reeaaalll classy. BWAHAHAHAHA!!

By the way, what meaningful information have you posted on here today? Right, nothing.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:31 pm

To Nachos

This just in……Alabama has managed to lose another 21 games in just one day. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Playoffs !?? Are you kiddin me !? Playoff ??

July 7th, 2009
2:34 pm

Woodee:

Good Link on the D1-AA playoffs.

Any idea on how those 16 teams were selected? I think there are about 8 D1-AA conferences, so maybe it was the top 2 from each conference. Each team appears to be have been ranked 1-16, teams broken out into 2 main brackets, and the games reflected Higher/Lower rank games, just like in March Madness, 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15, etc.

So, perhaps a D1-A 16 team playoff would take the top two from these 8 conferences: ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, MWC, Pac10, Big East, plus ND.

D1-AA starts tournament play Thxgiving weekend. D1-A wold have to start after Championship weekend for ACC, SEC, Big 12.

I would think that a D1-A playoff system wold be as awesome as March Madness, but I’m not sure the athletes can take a season that long.

Denver Dog

July 7th, 2009
2:36 pm

Super Size, you are wrong, Tech is on probation, and they have been found guilty of Academic Fraud. You students have been found guilty of trying to kill citzens AKA Ga Tech Al Quaeda. You also have had 11 arrests in the past year, so don’t try to play like the 72 virgins that you and your fellow classmates claim to get. UGA is not on any kind of probation. SO ESAD.

You are so passive agressive, you came on here attacking UGA and then act like you cam on to talk about the BCS. I guess if my school had never been to a bowl like that, I would want it changed too! Get a life you loser