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Saturday, June 2, 2012

BCS Playoff Means Big Money: What an FBS Playoff System Should Look Like



There are several reasons to have a an FBS Playoff System, FBS being Major League College Football. Which is what they should call Division 1 College Football in America but perhaps thats a different story. One to know who the best College Football team in America is, the only College Sport that doesn't have a clear National Champion, the team that wins the BCS Championship game. Is generally regarded as the FBS National Champion but you can have a scenario where and this is hypothetical. Lets say Alabama plays Oklahoma for the BCS Championship, because they are the top two ranked teams in the future. But lets say Texas who's ranked third and undefeated and they beat Oklahoma earlier in the year and lets say Oklahoma beats Alabama in the BCS Championship . The Writers Poll which is different from the BCS Poll, could rule that Texas should be the National Champion, because they are undefeated, lets say they beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. So they are the only undefeated team in the country. Well with an FBS Playoff System, that problem would go away, because there would be only one National Champion.

So this is how I would set up an FBS Playoff System, top thirteen teams in the country. With the 13th team playing the 12th team, in a wild card to decide who moves on in the Playoffs. To help do away with some of the problems, of who should be ranked 13th and 14th in the FBS. The BCS or Bowl Championship Series Conference Champions, would automatically get the top six seeds, sorta how Pro Sports awards its Playoff teams, by giving the top seeds to the Division Champions. So the champions of the ACC, Big East, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12, would get automatically get the top six seeds, and then, but to get an automatic bid, you not only have to win one of the BCS Conferences but you have to win the Championship game in the Conference. Played by the Division Champions of the Conference and then there would be seven wild cards. Of the teams that didn't win their Conference or won a non BCS Conference Championship. Like for example the Mountain West Conference or Conference USA.

I don't believe an FBS Playoff System should replace the Bowl System, just be ahead of it, with the top 13 teams going to the Playoffs. And then you have the rest of the Bowl Eligible teams going to Bowl games or setting up another Playoff System of the best teams that didn't make the playoffs, like the top twelve or something. So you could still have plenty of teams eligible for Postseason but with the best teams having a shot at the National Championship and you could play the FBS Playoffs and Bowls in December, so they don't have to compete with the NFL Playoffs for attention.