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There has been so much talk of a playoff in NCAA football, but all I see is talk.  So what I have done is taken teams from last season and set up a playoff.  This is what it could look like.  I have included times and dates.  This is not only feasible, but practical.  It would allow 12 teams to fight to the finish. While the argument against this is that it would take away from the drama of regular season games, I disagree. Only 12 teams make the playoffs, there are 1 loss teams that would not make this list.

 

Use an 12 team playoff with automatic bids to the champs of;

Big 10

Big 12

ACC

Big East

SEC

Pac 10

 

Then you get 6 at large bids.

 

So last year would look like this (Judging by BSC rankings pre-bowl games.)  Now you would have to re-seed the teams for the playoffs, similar to the NCAA basketball tourney, the second number would be their new seed.

 

Big 10- #1 Ohio State (1)

Big 12- #10 Oklahoma (5)

ACC- #14 Wake Forest (6)

Big East- #6 Louisville (4)

SEC- #2 Florida (2)

Pac 10- #5 USC (3)

At Large- #3 Michigan (7)

At Large- #4 LSU (8)

At Large- #7 Wisconsin (9)

At Large- #8 Boise State (10)

At Large- #9 Auburn (11)

At Large- #11 Notre Dame (12)

 

 

The top 4 conference champs would get a bye week.

 

#1 Ohio State

#2 Florida

#3 USC

#4 Louisville

Round 1

 

So here are our first round games-

 

(9) Wisconsin @

(8) LSU

12:00PM December 8th, 2006

 

(11) Auburn @

(6) Wake Forest

4:00PM December 8th, 2006

 

(10) Boise State @

(7) Michigan

12:00 PM December 9th, 2006

 

(12) Notre Dame @

(5) Oklahoma

4:00 PM December 8th, 2006

 

(now I have to pick winners and losers here, don't take offense or judge the picks.  The point here is to show how easy these playoffs would be)

 

So lets say

LSU

Auburn

Boise State

Oklahoma

Win their games. 

Round 2

Here is round 2

 

(8) LSU @

(1) Ohio State

4:00 PM December 15, 2006

 

(10) Boise State @

(3) USC

8:00 PM December 15, 2006

 

(5) Oklahoma @

(4) Louisville

4:00 PM December 16, 2006

 

(11) Auburn @

(2) Florida

8:00 PM December 16, 2006

 

Now for our winners

Ohio State

Boise State (tons of trick plays)

Louisville

Florida

Round 3

So our Semis would be

(4) Louisville @

(1) Ohio State 

4:00 PM December 23, 2006

 

(10) Boise State @

(2) Florida

8:00 PM December 23, 2006

Round 4

Lets just use our championship from last season

 

Ohio State and Florida

 

(2) Florida @

(1) Ohio State

January 8, 2006

 

You see the title game would take place on the exact day that it did under the current system.  The difference here, no controversy over who is in, also Ohio State gets 2 weeks off before the game as opposed to the 8 WEEKS THEY HAD OFF IN REAL LIFE!

 

Now our final issue is the other Bowl games, well that is an easy fix.  Use them as consolation games.

 

Our Semi Final Losers would meet in the Rose Bowl

Boise State @

Louisville

 

Our Quarter Final losers meet at the Orange and Sugar Bowls

 

Auburn @

USC

(Orange Bowl)

 

LSU @

Oklahoma

(Sugar Bowl)

 

And our First round losers meet at the Fiesta and Capital One Bowls

 

Michigan @

Wake Forest

(Fiesta Bowl)

 

Notre Dame @

Wisconsin

(Capital One Bowl)

Bowls

 

What I am trying to illustrate is that a full playoff system can be put in place.  Who is hurt by this? Teams get a shot at winning a title.  Fans get to see countless great match ups. Now I know that some Bowls would get the short end of this stick, but that is also an easy fix, the BSC Bowls (Fiesta, Rose, Orange, and Sugar) would rotate spots every year.  I would even suggest adding one other bowl to the BSC Mix, I used the Capital One Bowl, but there are a few that could step in and fill that 5th spot. 

 

That is how I see it working, let me know what you think, and again this is not about what team is better than another, I used NO BIAS when making this list, it is simply a realistic playoff system for the BCS.

 

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