Survey says most fans want a playoff. So?

 

Nobody asked me but:

 

This just in: A new poll says that 63 percent of college football fans want to scrap the BCS system and institute a playoff system like college basketball.

Well, duh!!!!!!!

This same polling group found that 95 percent of the people surveyed believe that the sun rises in the East. Okay, I made that up.

I’m not trying to be a smart aleck here but what exactly is the purpose of such a survey? So 63 percent of the 1,849 people surveyed by Quinnipiac University want to have some kind of college football playoff. They are not asked how to accomplish it, who gets to play in it, where the games will be played and when the games are played. They just know that they want it.

I don’t understand the point of such a survey. If 63 percent of the people want something, does that mean it is supposed to happen? What are we supposed to do with that information?

I imagine 100 percent of those same people surveyed would like to buy a Cadillac for $10,000. But I don’t think General Motors is going to start selling them for that.

Here is my point. I want a four-team playoff. The teams should be seeded with 1 playing 4 and 2 playing 3 on New Year’s Day at two of the BCS bowls. A week later the two winners will play for the national championship.

Let’s do a survey on that proposal or give people several playoff options and choose the one they like. That would make some sense.

I just don’t like mindless surveys that don’t advance the ball.

 

Mike Leach is done at Texas Tech: It didn’t take Mike Leach’s lawyer long to start calling Craig James a helicopter (hovering) dad and James’s son, Adam, a disgruntled kid in need of some discipline. Both of those things may turn out to be true. But in this case those claims are also irrelevant.

If the facts of this case are not in dispute, and it doesn’t appear that they are, Adam James was isolated in a dark room after suffering a concussion. Leach’s side came up with a doctor’s letter saying the kid was not harmed by the action. Again, it’s irrelevant. You don’t have to be harmed to have been treated improperly.

There is no rationalization from Leach’s side that will save him. Leach was asked to meet with the parents, explain his actions, and apologize. He refused, leaving the university wide open to litigation.

Work rule No. 1: When the boss asks you to apologize for the good of the company or the good of the institution, you apologize. If not, expect to be cut loose.

There will be a hearing today in Lubbock. Leach wants a judge to reinstate him to coach the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. In my opinion, if the judge grants Leach’s request, Texas Tech will fire him on the spot with a generous severance package. Either way, Leach is done at Texas Tech.

 

It was a bad loss for Miami: How many times have you seen a team take the opening possession for a touchdown and then lose the game? Miami basically did that last night in the Champs Sports Bowl. The Hurricanes ran the kickoff back for a touchdown and were called for a dumb block in the back penalty near the 10-yard line. The Hurricanes scored anyway. But then Wisconsin, who thought the weather was downright balmy in Orlando while the Hurricanes were shivering near the sideline heaters, just started grinding and took a 17-7 lead at halftime on the way to a 20-14 win.

This was a bad loss for Miami. It would have meant a lot for the Hurricanes to get to 10 wins in Randy Shannon’s third year as coach. QB Jacory Harris had a bad wheel and it clearly affected his play.

It was also a bad loss for the ACC, which is now 1-3 in bowl games.

 

There is no doubt. Eric Berry will turn pro: Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has been saying for weeks, really for the entire season, that safety Eric Berry is going to turn pro after Thursday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl. The fact is that Berry, from Fairburn, is ready for the league and is going to be a great pro. He has nothing left to prove at this level and given his various injuries, it is time to move on.

And don’t forget this:  Having a Tennessee player stand up with Commissioner Roger Goodell on the first day of the NFL Draft never hurts recruiting.

 

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And Tony "I am the new Furman Bisher" Barnhart...

December 30th, 2009
9:33 am

…continues to spout the obvious, and get paid for it!

Atlanta Gator

December 30th, 2009
9:35 am

Comments in response to Tony—-

1. Yup. No kidding. College football fans need to be careful what they wish for. If the BCS were expanded/replaced with a four-team playoff or better yet, a post-bowl game playoff that used the four BCS bowls as quarterfinals (a de facto 8-team playoff), the other 115 or 111 Division I teams would be left with pretty much meaningless seasons. The ability to expand to 16 or 32-team playoffs would expand the season deep into January and would also begin to destroy the meaning of the regular season. Something to think about.

2. What a mess Leach is in. How does this guy go from being one of the hot tickets in college football at the end of 2008 to a probable pariah in 2009. Wow.

3. Bad loss for Miami and the ACC. The conference desperately needs FSU and Miami to step up and return to prominence. A bowl win over Wisconsin could have been the next step for Miami, but things are rarely as bad they seem. It was not a blow-out loss. Stay tuned for 2010.

4. Yup. No Kidding, Part II. Berry is ready.

ugaaccountant

December 30th, 2009
9:36 am

Less than half of Americans wanted health care reform and that was rammed down our throat.

Manute Bol

December 30th, 2009
9:36 am

Let’s quit writing/talking about a playoff till we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a mess with all the TV contracts, the true fear of screwing up the regular season and messing with the bowl games.

Jacory Harris looked like Manute Bol last night. The kid has got to add some muscle and poundage or he will disappear some night under a pile.

I hope Leach gets to coach this weekend and then get’s canned. Can’t wait to see the Leach/James circus on ESPN (not).

jim

December 30th, 2009
9:38 am

Totally agree with you on Leach. Arrogance sometimes comes with a price. If my son had been treated that way, I would be backing up my lawyer’s truck to the university pay window. Some of these coaches do not seem to realize that the “good old days” are long gone. And that is a good thing. Good writing Tony.

collegeballfan

December 30th, 2009
9:39 am

So the fans want a playoff? So the NCAA & the Presidents do not care what the fans want?

Is there anything new in those two questions. If the fans want a playoff, it’s simple, stop buying tickets to the bowl games. There will be a playoff the following year.

collegeballfan

December 30th, 2009
9:42 am

I am a Tech fan & I can say that the ACC has a problem when it comes to bowl games. The problem is that they do not win the bowl games. And until the ACC teams start winning their bowl games they will just have to live with the image of piss-poor football. That is just the way it is.

Pago Flyer

December 30th, 2009
9:43 am

So a play off system would take until late Jan., early Feb.!!!

Angus

December 30th, 2009
9:43 am

4-team playoff would have meant an undefeated team left out this year – it’s not enough. 16 teams, all conference champs get in, plus a couple of at-larges. The FCS seems to have no problem pulling it off.

Mike Leach is done at TT.

From an ACC fan, UNC and BC were heavily over-matched, Clemson did OK, Miami’s an embarrassment. The ACC very well may not win another game this year – sad.

Eric Berry’s been a man among boys since his soph year in high school – congrats to him and his family.

KurtGT

December 30th, 2009
9:44 am

I lean toward a playoff, but tb’s point, how to do it is the question. 4 teams, 8 teams? Any way you do it, there will always be controversy and angry fans, “Why is my team ranked 5th, when we beat so and so, who beat so and so, etc. that beat number 4.” The pro-playoff people think that a playoff is the ultimate answer, it probably isn’t, let’s just leave it the way it is and enjoy the contoversy the way it is now, we’re all so good at it.
Although it does seem like every team is in a Bowl game, there are so many, I have watched more Bowl games this year, there have been some great matchups, I’ve been very entertained.

Tom

December 30th, 2009
9:47 am

You can keep the old bowl structure and have an 8 team playoff. You take the final 8 ranked teams and seed them 1-8. The higher seeds play their games at home. These games take place 2 weeks after the reg season ends or the sat before christmas. Then you have 4 teams left. These two games take place in rotating bowl locations. And then the nat champ game also takes place at a rotating bowl ie the orange, sugar, fiesta, rose. One major bowl each year gets to choose 2 teams who don’t make the 8 team playoff. The semifinal games would take place around new years sandwiched in between other bowl games(maybe on jan 1st) and then the final would take place a week or two later. This system would kick ass.

DP

December 30th, 2009
9:47 am

I remember after the opening game between Florida State and Miami, which was less ugly than normal over the last several years, that most people were saying they were back. My reaction was that there was no way to tell since they’d played each other. Now their combined records are 15-11. Looks like they’re not back.

Leach is a pudgy bully. One of these days a Leach or Mangino (morbidly obese, can’t walk 10 steps without panting but demands discipline from his players) or Leavitt will push a kid too far and get his rear end whipped in front of his team. It can’t happen soon enough as far as I’m concerned.

AlwaysAVol

December 30th, 2009
9:48 am

Eric Berry is a class act and has NEVER been a quitter, even during the darkest days of Fulmer’s tenure. I hate to see him go pro but wish him the very best in his football career and in his life outside football. Also, congrats to UGA on their win. You all looked impressive.

ugaaccountant

December 30th, 2009
9:48 am

Playoffs – Depending on how you set it up could be good or bad. I prefer a tournament of top 8 ranked conference champions. That way no conference is always included or excluded.

First round could occur Saturday after Christmas, 2nd round Saturday after new years, championship game Saturday after that. Very similar timeframe to what we have now.

All other bowls could still remain and retain traditional conference affiliations. It would make just as much sense as it does today. Bowls are for fun and pride today, it would be the same with or without a playoff. If you’re not in the BCS title game today and go to a bowl, it would be the same with the playoff.

Quite frankly bowls today are just another game on the schedule to a fan, even vaunted BCS non-championship bowls. Has anyone noticed the great indifference shown by Tech fans to their Orange bowl matchup? Think Florida fans are all that interested in playing Cincinati?

It’s a couple of days until the main bowl games and the predominate media coverage is Urban Meyer’s situation, Mike Leeches situation, etc. The bowl games themselves have long since ceased being something special and become just another game for major teams.

A playoff of champions doesn’t diminish the regular season. You have to win the conference to qualify. No wildcards! Obviously playing for the #1 seeding would be important as well to get the easiest road to the title.

An 8 team playoff doesn’t end the bowl dreams of small schools. It actually gives them a chance to get that 7th or 8th spot which will give them a ton more exposure. Right now it would be Texas Tech and Boise State, but some years it could be a Central Michigan or Troy State or Central Florida.

Mr. Obama

December 30th, 2009
9:50 am

Gentlemen, I know you all talk football on here….but I want you to take some over the next few days and go to this link….http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/blairholt.asp. Yup…all you gun owners are going to be pi$$ed about this one. I don’t own a gun…..so we’re just going to wipe out the 2nd amendment. We don’t need a vote…….I’ll just make an Executive Order. Now go on and talk about football…because I’ve got this country in the palm of my hand.

ugaaccountant

December 30th, 2009
9:51 am

“collegeballfan
If the fans want a playoff, it’s simple, stop buying tickets to the bowl games.”

That is happening pretty obviously. Schools like UGA sell out regular season games via season tickets. Then we go to a meaningless bowlgame and sell less than 7k tickets.

Tech fans haven’t bought all of their tickets to a BCS bowl.

A ton of bowl tickets are bought by general sports fans in the city that’s hosting the game, which greatly skews the perception of the popularity of the system.

KurtGT

December 30th, 2009
9:53 am

Pago Flyer has a good point. The pros seem like they take forever. We have to remember that except for a few kids who really will go pro, the rest are in school, they do play amateur sports. Otherwise, schools would have Fball, Bball, baseball, etc. degrees, and it would be semi-pro.

VR Jacket

December 30th, 2009
9:54 am

Of course everyone wants a playoff, and so do I.
I do not like the idea of using bowl games as semi-finals.I don’t think fans will travel 2 or 3 times on short notice.
The semi-finals should take place at the home of the higher seeds until narrowed down to 2. The losers of the semi-finals would still go to a bcs bowls(just like they do now).
Last 2 standing will play in NC.

Ga_bulldawg79

December 30th, 2009
9:56 am

I think Leach will be fired as well, but I don’t like how this is being portrayed. I have read reports that like almost all colleges that if a player can’t practice that he still must come to practice and do something. When James showed up the day after the concussion Leach told the trainers to let him jog the track and the trainers said he can’t be in sunlight. They also said he showed up to practice wearing sunglasses something that I think rubbed Leach the wrong way. When Leach asked the trainer what can James do the trainer said he needs to be somewhere dark and Leach replied something like “well stick him over there and watch him.” While I am not defending his actions and I don’t think he mistreated that player anymore or less than goes on in some fashion everyday in college football at that level. I am a high school coach and I have seen kids forced to run to they puke, is that any different? Word from around campus was that James was lazy at practice and showed up that day after he got hurt with the attitude like “haha I don’t have to do anything at practice today” and I think Leach was trying to get his attention. Unlike Mangino several of Leach’s former players have come to his defense claiming that he always treated them fairly and this James kid is the only one saying otherwise. Also one more point if this wasn’t Craig James’s son would this even be a story?

GW

December 30th, 2009
9:58 am

I want a survey to explain how the loyal fans and parents of players will be able to afford to travel to all of these proposed playoff games on a week’s notice. Oh, I forgot, a playoff would be totally for corporate sponsors and TV. Is Randy Shannon not the most overrated coach in college football?

Tom

December 30th, 2009
9:58 am

For those who say it would ruin the reg season, i say huh? Uga would have knocked gt out of the playoffs had their been an 8 team playoff. Same with cincy and pitt. And auburn nearly would have knocked bama from a 1 seed to a 4-8 thus losing home field. If anything, this makes these games even more relevant.

And tcu likely being a 4 seed and boise a 5 would have played each other first round, just like they are in their bowl.

Tide Rising

December 30th, 2009
9:59 am

A plus one or a 4 game playoff would be good to start off with even though I think it hurts the sec most since currently the sec champion is a virtual shoo in for the big game judging by recent history. All things being equal an sec team gets a title game bid if they win the sec. I think if we could then expand a 4 game playoff to an 8 game or just go straight to an 8 game playoff it would be perfect. But 16 is crazy and will never happen. And if you can’t make the cutoff at the 8 seed then you don’t have much credibility anyway in saying you legitimately should have had a shot at a national title. 6 bcs conference champions plus 2 at large would be perfect. But for this year of course I’m very happy with the bcs. Imagine that.

Tom

December 30th, 2009
10:04 am

gw
2 weeks notice isn’t enough? And come on. That is a lame excuse. Nfl fans sure don’t have any problems doing it.

And the way I proposed it, if your team wins, you would know where they are playing by it being in a predetermined location for the semifinals. So say this year tcu plays boise and knows if it wins, it will play the winner of bama and whoever. Lets assume it is the Sugars year to host the 1/8 4/5 winners, so you make reservations well in advanced IN CASE your team wins the game and goes. How is this complicated? Heck ucla didn’t know it would be playing yesterday until 2 weeks ago when army lost to navy.

Dave R

December 30th, 2009
10:05 am

Why do sportswriters insist that setting up college football playoffs for I-A/FBS is some sort of insanely difficult problem? It’s not. You could set up FBS playoffs along fairly similar lines to the FCS playoffs next year without much work (i.e. 16 teams, all conference champs + 5 at large get in, play all games at home field of higher seed, start the week after the championship games).

Setting up playoffs that keep the bowls happy and/or keep the BCS autobid conferences controlling 90% of the postseason money is what’s difficult.

m

December 30th, 2009
10:05 am

Tony…you have finally done it. You have proven that you are a FOOL and a TOOL.

We had 5 UNDEFEATED: teams this year. How would a 4 team playoff solve that??

You are just an industry HACK…that is all you are.

We need a 16 team playoff. It would be the greatest sporting event in history. It would eliminate some of these meaningless bowl games and make them ALL important.

Villanova won a TRUE national championship in Division 1AA.

All alabammmer and texas are playing for is a bullshiiiite mythical championship that means NOTHING.

So Tony, quit trying to defend the indefensible. We need a 16 team playoff and we need it NOW.

Nubby

December 30th, 2009
10:07 am

Or 6 teams. 1 & 2 get a bye. 3 plays 6, 4 plays 5. 1 plays winner of 3/6 and 2 plays winner of 4/5. Unlikely that there would be more than 6 undefeated teams. If so then go to the 8 team format with no bye. Still takes three weeks. Week two and three are post bowl week games.

Nubby

December 30th, 2009
10:09 am

Week two would be played at the #1 & 2 home field so they have two weeks to sell tickets and prepare for the game.

Ted Striker

December 30th, 2009
10:10 am

Tony —

You’re a talented writer and I appreciate most of what you contribute. However there are times when you come across as a little pompous, which is a real detractor from your fine journalistic talents. For example:

The Quinnipiac University survey you criticized offers proof positive — based on quantitative analysis — that the majority of college football fans are disgruntled with the status quo. You infer the survey is “pointless.”

Really? How pointless is a scientific endeavor based on demographic data that measures the pulse of fans who pay money, attends games, view games, and contributes to the coffers of collegiate athletics? Do you really think their opinions don’t matter and that if the collective majority of the group gets in sync, won’t effect a change?

Furthermore — if you actually read the study (maybe you did, maybe you didn’t) you’d admit that it yielded far more information than you gave it credit for in your column. Bad form on this one, Tony. Maybe you had a bad morning and maybe it struck you the wrong way, but you were just wrong on this one.

That said…you nailed it on Mike Leach and Eric Berry. Leach is a talented guy. However he made a series of mistakes that could easily cost him his job and he hasn’t done what he should have since the information became public. Eric Berry is a talent and has nothing left to prove on the college level. He’ll be an asset to any NFL club blessed to have him.

Happy New Year, Tony.

Nubby

December 30th, 2009
10:11 am

Week three would be the planned championship game played like this years extra rose bowl game.

jumbeauxtiger

December 30th, 2009
10:11 am

A Plus One model would be easy to implement. Bama vs TCU in the Orange/Sugar/Fiesta plays in the Rose the winner of Texas vs Cincy who would play in either the Orange, Sugar or Fiesta. The 4 bowls would be rotated each year. Whoever doesn’t get a semifinal or NC game would take the 5th ranked team and have their choice of taking whoever else is ranked in the top 12. The remaining bowls would stay intact. This would not extend the season but the Presidents won’t go for it right now.

I’m sure there is more to the story but it is pretty obvious Leach screwed up. Craig James has credibility unlike another father’s player that is an unknown. Because of who James is the story grew legs. This is Leach’s own fault as he comes across as arrogant. He’ll be out of football for a while but someone will hire him down the road.

Miami was in Herbstreit’s top 5 early in the season and they have really fallen after a strong start. The ACC is not looking very good and their only bowl win was a fairly close one by Clemson, the conference runnerup, over one of the lower ranked SEC schools.

Berry is one of those 5 star recruits that actually turned out to be great in college. He’s had a stellar career and I know the Vol fans are sad to see him leave.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

senoiadawgs

December 30th, 2009
10:12 am

Of course there needs to be a playoff…

Now we can have a heated debate about Leach. I think the Leach thing is a non-story if is father wasn’t Craig James. Putting him in a closet, garage, room, etc… do we know all of the details behind this supposed terrible room he was placed in? Do we know exactly what happened leading up to the event? Why are no other TT players bashing Leach? As another said what is so horrible about this, I am certain there are much more demanding real physical activities taking place everyday around the country. If he had a concussion and migraines from it I would think a dark room would have been a nice place to be. I know when I get a migraine during the daytime I wish I could lock myself in a tiny closet until it passes. Sounds to be like a spoiled kid who needed daddy while he was away from home. And to say this embarrassed him in front of his teammates like I have heard. Get real, people are singled out of football practice all the time and made to run, up down, disciplined, etc…

jd

December 30th, 2009
10:13 am

i heard that Division I-AA is frustrated with its current playoff system and are switching to a bowl format to generate some long needed excitement. having nothing to play for at the end of the year apparently is where it’s at.

BeeLover

December 30th, 2009
10:14 am

Yeah, and 63% of the American People didn’t want a new health care system……we do not live in a democratic society. Tony, you’re beating a dead horse…..our government is corrupt and so are the college/university presidents.

Mac

December 30th, 2009
10:15 am

Playoffs always produce an undisputed champion while preserving the regular season. Remember when the 10-6 Giants beat the 18-0 Patriots?

Nubby

December 30th, 2009
10:15 am

More info on Leach comes out. It seems that the Craigs have exaggerated the circumstances a bit. Leach does not appear to be quite the bad guy the media has portrayed.

Remember Bill Curry? Goes 10-2 and gets fired because two former players didn’t like him.

stupid bill

December 30th, 2009
10:16 am

I propose an 8 team playoff. To have 8 teams would require a 3 tiered system (7 total games, add 2 more bowl games and keep the current ones). You keep the 4 current BCS games, then rotate the second round and champion between the 4 bowls. The first year you get a 1st round game and the national championship. the next you would host just a 1st round game. the next 2 years will host a 1st and 2nd round game.

to pick the 8 teams, you take the 6 automatic qualifing conference champs (and make a prevision that each has to have a full tie break system so that the final tei break is not highest bcs ranking as we saw a few years ago) with the requirement each has to be in the top 15 in the bcs standings (this one is something i like to keep the 3 or 4 loss teams out if needed), you then fill the remaining spots (usually 2) with the highest reamining bcs ranked teams (no selection committee, all done based on rankings), with the caveat that any undeafted team in the top 15 is automatically in too (will put boise and tcu in this year, but the top 15 prevents teams from playing nobodies and getting a free pass into the game). This year this system would leave Florida out, but since they lost what would essentially become a playin game (all conference championship would be and would get better rankings) they can’t complain.

Then you play the first round as such (rankings done by bcs standings): 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5

play 4 vs 5 on Thursday night at 8pm EST (play on the thursday of the week dec 15-21)

On friday night play 3 vs 6 or 2 vs 7 at 8pm EST (play on friday of the week dec 16-22)

Saturday play either 3 vs 6 or 2 vs 7 at 4 pm EST and 1 vs 8 at 730pm EST (play on saturday of the week dec 17-23)

This gives each team christmas off, and would be after most college exams. I then propose the second round to be played on Dec 31, Jan 1 which would give the teams somewhere between 8 days and 16 days to prepare (and take finals if they did miss them). Play both games in prime time (EST).

Then the national championship the Friday/Saturday night (Jan 8-13th).

This would keep the students from having to miss exams at most all colleges, and gives them time off to make them up between the 1st and 2nd round and gives them a small christmas break at least. Then they may have to miss the first week of classes of the new semester, but most schools dont have a lot going on then anyways, and they missed so much class the last semester the spring semester proffessors will learn to deal. So It wont affect academics anymore than the current system. The schools that play in the championships will actually make more money since they play more high profile games at the end of the season. The regular bowls will (I think) still draw the same viewership/attendance and wont lose any money. The viewership for an actual playoff will go sky high (especially for the final game I think)… and it gives every team a chance to win on a head to head basis. IT would crown a true national champion.

For the bcs rankings, I would try to take the harris poll, the usa today coaches poll, the ap poll, and the computer rankings and average those four out. This would prevent any one poll from being able to control the rankings too much.

GT GRAD

December 30th, 2009
10:16 am

Let the Rose Bowl keep matching up Big 10 vs. Pac 10 teams since they are too difficult and stubborn to negotiate any changes (they will be relegated to using two teams not involved in the playoff). Use the remaining 4 bowls for an 8 team playoff. The best 8 teams (regardless of conference affilliation) matched up 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, and so on……….only three extra games. There will be sooooooo much more interest in these 4 BCS games AND then the next three “additional” games would be HUGE with almost all college football fans watching!!!

True National Championship team decided each year, more TV revenue, more interest and more $$$$ collected in the name of college football.

No Brainer!

ArmyJacket

December 30th, 2009
10:16 am

Ironically I like the ‘all champion’ playoff system recommended by ugaaccountant. A few problems with that or ‘challenges’ as we say in the Army:

1.) What about Notre Dame? They are independent and therefore not be a ‘champion’. Though I personally like the idea of forcing them into a conference but in all likelihood its not going to happen.

2.) Congradulations you have just elimiated the need for a ranking system whatsoever. Though there would be a few writers. (like the one in this blog) that might have a problem with that. And considering the BCS was created to have a “One poll to rule them all” when all that really needed to happen was REMOVE one….also not going to happen

3.) there are more than 8 conferences in Division ! football. So same argument as ND.

4.) This also does not go into the fact of how bowl games actually work. The committee selects the teams and it only does so based on contracts and not on football. See this years, Gator bowl and Sugar bowl as examples. If it were for the best football, Florida would play TCU and Cinnci would play Boise State. And it would be 1 v 2, 3 v 4. 5 v 6, 7 v 8, and 9 v 10. And we would finally have the freak’n answer to the question is TCU and Boise State good enough. but heaven forbid that we actually have something that cannot be debated by sports enthusiasts the nation over.

senoiadawgs

December 30th, 2009
10:17 am

Playoff would be fairly simple to implement in my opinion. Force each conf. to have a conf. championship game. All conference champions make it plus 4 at larges that would be determined by a committee not by polls. This would eliminate the upsets in the conf. championship games that would doom a previously unbeaten. You can keep the current bowl system in this model as well. Also there would only be a one week break following the championship games which should all be played on the same weekend.

KurtGT

December 30th, 2009
10:31 am

I’ve heard 4, 8, and 16 team playoffs, all simple answers. Well here’s another, 32 team playoff. It would take 31 games to decide the NC, which covers most of the current bowls. All cities with a bowl would benefit with sell-out crowds, more TV revenue, etc. If the Independence bowl was one of the playoff sites, Georgia would have sold their allotment and more, if they still had a chance at the NC, same with Texas A&M or any team. Also brings in the “Cinderella factor” which is popular in BBall’s Big Dance. The process would take 5 weeks, give a two week cushion after conference playoffs, which help with seeding, and you’re into just the middle of January, same as NFL. Simple. Downside, teams will run out of players, injuries, fatigue, a conference champion, having played 13 games already, will then have to win 5 more games to be NC, total 18, ouch.

ugaaccountant

December 30th, 2009
10:35 am

army jacket – These questions are resolvable
1) ND gets in a conference or misses out. They no longer have the clout to merit being their own conference as they currently are treated in the BCS. Or you could allow an undefeated independent team to get in if they are one of the top 8 in the rankings.
2/3) The only need for a ranking system is to determine which 8 conference champs get in. It would be based on the BCS type formula with the 8 highest ranking champions getting in. If the ACC or whoever sucks one year and finishes lower than the MAC champ, they deserve to be left out.
4) none of this will change until the current bcs contract runs out. All other contracts are already subordinate to the bcs. The new playoff system would legally be considered the “bcs playoffs” and would essentially just change the way the BCS deals with the teams it selects. All other bowls would be minimally affected from a contractual basis and it could be worked out fairly cleanly.

roylee13

December 30th, 2009
10:36 am

Tony, as part of the Media you must understand that once a playoff system starts, even with only 4 teams, the media pressure to expand that field will be intense. The sports media, especially ESPN, which basically runs college football, have a huge financial interest in more and more games. Every year even with the 4 team format there is going to be some team left out and that will cause all sorts of screams to expand the field. And since most college football fans are like nodding donkeys when it comes to what they hear on ESPN, those screams turn to pressure. I know this is saying what has been said a million times before, but college football already has a playoff system and it is the regular season. There is no way you can implement a playoff system without degrading the value of the regular season. Look at College Basketball. 64 teams in the playoffs and there is still pressure to expand that. In the major conferences a lot games in Feb are little more than practice games ( and please don’t give “playing for seeding” stuff). If I remember correctly GT made the NCAAs one year with a 6-10 conference record. Is that the sort of thing we want for College Football. Do we really want teams that were 8-4 in the Reg season playing for the national title.

Bryan

December 30th, 2009
10:36 am

GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

December 30th, 2009
10:39 am

Thanks for a great season,
…………………………………ACC CHAMPS

Cutty

December 30th, 2009
10:39 am

Look out for Berry’s two younger brothers in a few years. They’re better than he is, and they’re in 8th grade. Fairburn Flames.

Sam

December 30th, 2009
10:43 am

1. I agree with Tony; survey doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know …
2. i don’t know what game you watched, but Wisconsin d-line just manhandled Miami without having to blitz, and the vaunted speed that Miami supposedly possesses on defense against a slow BigTen offense didn’t seem so apparent. This game was pretty much decided when Miami had to resort to blitzing to stop the Wisconsin running game, which meant the play-action and bootleg passing game was open for Wisconsin. It doesn’t matter what level of football: if you can put pressure on the QB, you radically improve your chances of winning. Give Wisconsin credit for taking it to Miami.
3. i don’t know about this TTech thing, but ESPN had Craig James on to discuss the situation last night on SportsCenter and on the halftime show. Will Leach get equal time to discuss his side of the story?

BravesFan79

December 30th, 2009
10:46 am

Atlanta Gator: “the other 115 or 111 Division I teams would be left with pretty much meaningless seasons. The ability to expand to 16 or 32-team playoffs would expand the season deep into January and would also begin to destroy the meaning of the regular season. Something to think about”.

WTF are you talking about, the season is already MEANINGLESS for all those teams!! Think about it, pretty much every season, any team that dosent start out the season in the top 10, or isnt named Oklohama, Florida, LSU, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, USC and a few select others…. has NO shot! Even if they go undefeated 2 or 3 years in a Row! (Boise State!)
College football blows! Maybe your sport can join the big boy leagues one day!

BCS COMMUNISM

December 30th, 2009
10:49 am

Every college sport in all divisions have a playoff, except the big boys in football.
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DUH…………… SIMPLE SOLUTION

Gumby

December 30th, 2009
10:50 am

1: A 4 team playoff is not a large enough field. The bowls started on 12/19. Start the playoffs then. Stop this mindless bowl madness where any team with a 500 record gets in. Playoffs now.
2: I’m not sure Mike Leach did anything wrong other than not obey the school to apologize but sometimes you have to stand up for your principals. I hope Leach wins and Craig James gets fired. If Leach gets fired I hope Texas Tech hires Craig James to coach and they never win another game.

Eric

December 30th, 2009
10:51 am

No, you don’t do conf champions. That would be a joke. You do the top 8 teams like Tom said. A team not even ranked has no business making it to a playoff. Some of these conf champions are ranked 40th in the county. Just use the 4 major bowls and have an 8 team playoff. 1 plays 8, 2 plays 7 and so on. Those games take place two weeks after the conf championship games. Then 2 weeks later 4 teams are left. Those teams play in 2 of the 4 major bowls. Then the champ game is a rotated one with the 4 main bowls.