What do the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NCAA basketball; baseball, soccer, and division 1-aa football all have in common? Their champions are all decided by some kind of play off system and not by a computer system that no one understands how it works. But regardless NCAA football still follows this system.
It's that time of year again where football experts all come on ESPN and debate who is in and who is out. Is it Florida or Michigan? Common sense would tell us that they should play each other to decide who gets a shot at Ohio State, but we cant do that because to much money would be lost in big time bowl games.
Well here is Patrick Toney's solution to this mess.... an 8 team playoff.
How will the teams be selected you ask?
Well it's very simple the winners of the Pac-10, Big-10, Big-12, Big east, ACC, and SEC conferences receive an automatic playoff invite. Then 4 "wild cards" will play a 1 game regional playoff to decide who gets into the big show. These will be teams like the Rutgers, Boise States, and Utah's who have had great records but never get the chance to really compete for a national championship and those teams who didn't win their conference title but still may deserve a shot. So for example this year Ohio State, Florida, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Louisville, and USC/CAL (pending a championship game) all would be in. The "wild card" teams would be Boise state, Notre Dame, Michigan and will say West Virginia.
How will the bracket be set up?
The winners of the pac-10, Big-10, and Big-12 will be put into one side and the winners of the ACC, SEC, and Big east will be placed in the other with the winners of the 2 wild card games being placed on both sides. So this year's bracket would be something like....
USC/CAL vs. Ohio State
Okalahoma vs. Boise state/ Notre Dame
Wake Forest vs. Florida
Louisville vs. Michigan/West Virginia