Regular Season Works…AGAIN

“It is the greatest regular season in sports. But, sadly it has the worst post season”

* Tim Brando at halftime of the SEC Championship game just minutes after UCLA upset USC. Clueless.

What Tim Brando and others can’t seem to grasp is that the nature of the one game National Championship is what makes college football’s regular season so wonderful!.

Think about it and stop falling for all of the cliches.

It JUST unfolded in front of Brando and the whole country! The classic USC-UCLA game had JUST FINISHED. If collge football had an 8 team playoff that game would have meant absolutely nothing. Nothing. Nobody outside of California would have cared about it and the result wouldn’t have mattered at all – USC would be playing in an 8 team playoff regardless of the outcome.

Additionally, ‘it’ was also in the process of unfolding in the very game that Brando was helping broadcast. I hate to break it to Brando, but if the BCS was decided by a playoff then most of us would have not been watching Brando’s broadcast of Florida vs Arkansas. What would it have mattered? Florida would have been in the playoff regardless of the outcome of the game. Instead, we are all watching and wondering if the Gators can hold on and potentially surpass Michigan for a shot at Ohio State.

(Sidebar: if Arkansas wins this game then SEC could potentially claim 4 of the top 8 teams in the country – Arkansas, LSU, Florida and Auburn. Please tell me how you are going to sell an idea to all of the conferences in the country that would mean their conference champion would not have a guaranteed slot in the ‘tournament’?)

Every year I hear about the need for a playoff…and every year fans start their bitching before the end of the regular season fixes almost every fabricated controversy. If everyone would step back they would realize that college football’s regular season IS a playoff! And this regular season is what makes the sport so wonderful!!!

If college football had any kind of playoff, then none of the great games that were played on Saturday would have meant much of anything. But, at least these game would have been played because they were all conference games; most of the best games of the year would fall off of future schedules because teams would not want to risk padding their record on the kind of games that us fans actually enjoy.

If college football had a four team or eight team or sixteen team playoff – massive controversy would exist as to which teams deserve to be in the top four or eight or sixteen. (Although I’m sure some fans would try to find a way to propose a playoff to get into the playoffs as a solution). It is never going to change. What’s the big difference between cutting off the ‘playoff’ at two teams instead of four or eight or sixteen?

Throughout the entire history of college football there have been times when two teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season.

Throughout the entire history of college football there have been a few times when three teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season.

Throughout the entire history of college football there have been very few times when four teams could lay claim to deserving a shot at a national championship after the regular season. This year ends up no different.

Regardless of the fact that almost NEVER are there four (or eight, or sixteen) teams that deserve a shot of playing for a national championship after a brutal regular season…every year we hear calls for the need of a logistically impractical playoff system.

I’d love to hear your proposed eight teams that deserve to be in your hypothetical playoff field. (Can’t wait to see all of the different sets of eight that are supposed to reduce our controversy). Question – are you going to include Wake Forest? what about the winner of Oklahoma/Nebraska? Yes? No?

If you DON’T select the champion of each conference, please tell me how you are going to get each conference to agree to a playoff in which they have no guaranteed participation each year?

If you DO select the champion of each conference, please tell me how you can you look at me in the eyes and tell me that you are choosing the “eight best teams” to “decide it on the field”? Can’t do it.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said last month:

“You’ve got a number of very good (ACC football) teams, without having a team that is a national title contender. We lost 51 players (from 2005) to the NFL, so we thought this would be a transitional year. That said, we have some teams with chances to close out strongly. The fact they’re not the teams people expect to see at the top shouldn’t take away from the success they’re having.

Dream with me for a moment that NC State was Wake Forest and won today’s ACC Championship. Without guaranteeing that the ACC had a seat at the playoff table then NC State would not have made your proposed playoff. How f*ing IRATE would you be that NC State finally got to the ACC summit only to be relegated outside of the top tier of recognition available for such a wonderful season?

It is already hard enough to compete against the Top 15 national programs in general. (Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, half the SEC, USC, etc). Putting together a playoff does nothing but make these programs more powerful as it decreases the importance of conference championships and forces everyone to try to break into the playoffs on a unilateral, national comparison. Try breaking through to the national playoffs without a guaranteed spot for conferences. Tell me again how a playoff is “for the fans”.

My parting shot is an article from The Sporting News’ Matt Hayes from February 14, 2005. I saved it for almost two years for use at the right time.

Football is fine minus the Madness

Maybe you’ve seen this already. I stumbled upon it while taking a break from digging trenches in the back yard, which explains how I spend my eight dreary months without college football. Apparently, our shameless friends at ESPN have figured out another way to overexpose a good thing. This time it’s the basketball version of College GameDay, a spinoff of the wildly popular football College GameDay.

Two quick thoughts: 1) Any college production without the dimwitted yet delicious rantings of Lee Corso blows; 2) the show reinforces my belief that in college football’s most polarizing argument, I’m right: The current system — no matter how convoluted and contrived — beats the hell out of a national playoff.

We can break down the numerous reasons why, but only one matters. A national playoff would render the regular season — and eventually the sport itself — meaningless. Ladies and gentlemen, for Exhibit A, I give you basketball College GameDay.

Digger Phelps is yapping about a “huge” Big East test for Syracuse and about how Notre Dame guard Chris Thomas is the type of player who can take over a game and carry a team on his shoulders. You know, all that cliched coachspeak.

Another talking head shouts, “It doesn’t get much bigger than this!”

Big, huh? Syracuse beat Notre Dame by nine a month earlier. Syracuse and Notre Dame could play again in the league tournament. And if things really get wacky, the two could play again in the NCAA Tournament. That’s four games between two teams in one season — each of which could have little bearing on the national championship.

Meanwhile, every week of the college football season is a national playoff. Every game is live or die; every game-changing play or mistake is replayed over and over. Every time a team steps on the field, its season can end. When Notre Dame limped off the Carrier Dome’s court with another loss to Syracuse, it was just that — another loss. Goals still were intact, the ultimate prize still attainable.

College football is about surviving and sustaining a body of work throughout a season; college basketball is about getting hot at the right time and running the table (see: N.C. State, Villanova, Kansas). What does college basketball have other than a tournament? Judged on its regular season, the sport would rate somewhere alongside reruns of championship poker. College football, meanwhile, never has been more popular — even without a tournament.

We can drone on about how the BCS is unfair (of course it is) and how three unbeaten teams can’t fit into two championship slots (so what). But what do we really want? We are a society of winning and losing; it’s just that simple. That’s the beauty of college football, the sport that forces each team to control its destiny — win or go home — from the first play of the season.

In a couple of months, the BCS honchos will get together again to further discuss the state of the controversial series and devise this year’s changes. One tweak could include a poll of selected writers and broadcasters to replace the AP poll (going to happen) or a selection committee to choose the two teams for the national title game (not going to happen).

They’ll dress it up nice and present it again, and everyone will carp and complain for the next four months. Hey, it’s better than digging ditches.

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50 Responses to Regular Season Works…AGAIN

  1. Buck 12/02/2006 at 8:58 PM #

    GREAT POST. I am not for a playoff at all. What people forget is how much the BCS has improved things over where we were before. Is a good system and its purpose is to give us a 1 vs 2 matchup, which it has done well almost every year of its existence…that could never be said beforehand. My only problem with it is Notre Dame’s prima donna role in the thing.

  2. Woof Wolf 12/02/2006 at 9:15 PM #

    I agree that Notre Dame should have to qualify on merit. The other changes I would most like to see are: (1) You can not play in the championship game if you are not the champion or co-champion of your conference and (2) The number one team should not have to play a team it has already beaten.

    Either of these rules would prohibit a Ohio State vs Michagan or in another
    year a Florida, LSU, Tennessee, or Auburn matchup.

  3. PACDADDY 12/02/2006 at 9:31 PM #

    You can still have a 4 team playoff that won’t effect the regular season games. Of course, they’ll be 2-4 teams that think they deserve to make the final 4 that got left out, but at least this way teams lke Michigan have a chance. They lost to OSU in Columbus. What would have happened had they played at home?

    This season…I’d like to see Michigan and Florida play and OSU and the 4th place team play, then the winners play CC game. How does that negatively impact the regular season?…it doesn’t. You get 2 losses and you’re out. You have one loss but play in the Big East…you’re out.

    Or…simply make all conferences that wants a member team to have a shot at NC be required to have a CC game. MAke it where a team cannot play in NC final 4 wthout being conference champion…just like it was in BB in the 70’s.

  4. StateFans 12/02/2006 at 9:46 PM #

    ^ Who is the 4th team in your playoff?

    Why are you going to give a 4th team that doesn’t deserve a shot at title a chance to get into the mix for a title?

  5. teacher 12/02/2006 at 10:19 PM #

    I agree with a the “plus one” formula. If the BCS supposedly uses a computer-generated score for a team, then whichever team was the 4th highest ranked team in the BCS standing would play the OSU. I would have to say…Louisville. If there was a team with two losses that went, I would have to say LSU.

  6. Joey 12/02/2006 at 10:48 PM #

    I couldn’t disagree more with this argument. It’s simply laughable. First, the regular season IS NOT a playoff. If it were, no 1-loss team would ever play in the BCS championship game. Guess what? A 1-loss team will play in the BCS championship game this year. If the regular season were a playoff, an Ohio St. – Michigan rematch would not be a possibility this year. Guess what? It is. Please stop making this ridiculous claim that the regular season IS a playoff. You may respond, “Well it’s not literally a playoff, but it’s sort of like one”. OK, but instead of settling for something that’s sort of like a playoff, just have a real one!

    Next, please stop making the argument that having a playoff would decrease the importance of the regular season games. Sure, some games would have decreased importance, but for every one that does, I’d guess that two or three others would have increased importance. These teams will be fighting for seeding, home field advantage, and those last few spots. As for the comparison to college basketball’s regular season, it’s completely inappropriate. Basketball teams play nearly 30 games in a season and at least 4 from each major conference make the playoffs. Until football reaches those levels, basketball’s regular season is irrelevant.

    Also, you say there will still be controversy. Yes, I’m sure there will be. Certainly, though, controvery plus a champion settled on the field is superior to controversy without a champion settled on the field. And the controversy a playoff would bring would mostly be among the #8 vs. #9 or #16 vs. #17 teams, not #2 vs. #3. I’m much more comfortable with dealing with the controversy ignited by deciding between #8 and #9. A playoff will also bring controversy in the seeding, but I still say this is better than the #2 vs. #3 controversy.

    Finally, I’ll address the claims that having a playoff will make teams drop the good nonconference games from their schedule. Are you kidding me? If anything, the opposite is true. Like college basketball, strength of schedule will be important for seeding and squeezing into those last couple spots. And a loss to a good team won’t be as damaging to a team’s national championship hopes as it is now. I think these two points make it more likely that teams will schedule one or two tough nonconference games each year. As it stands now, I’m baffled that any team in a major conference plays a tough nonconference team. The best way to make it to the national championship is to finish undefeated (assuming you’re from a major conference), so why would you want to risk that by scheduling a tough team? Many teams do, though, and I applaud them for that. I think the situation would only improve with a playoff.

    The best argument for a playoff that I think you’ve made is the one about logistics. But as many responses to your previous post on this topic made clear, even that can be dealt with. In short, the lack of a playoff in college football is a complete joke, and the support for the current system is absolutely mind-boggling to me.

  7. ADS95 12/02/2006 at 11:01 PM #

    I disagree that teams control their destiny. SOME teams can control their destiny, but not all.

    How did Boise State control its destiny the couple of seasons its been undefeated (including this year)? How about Utah two years ago? How about Auburn – who plays in the toughest conference in the land, year in and year out – two years ago?

    A system that crowns a national champion shouldn’t get it right “most of the time”. It has to get it right every time.

    Since it was asked, the system I would like to see is a 12 team playoff. Each of the existing BCS conferences get an automatic bid, and the rest are selected by committee. The top four teams (again, selected bv the committee) get byes. This would reward the teams that play a tough regular season schedule. The first two rounds are played at the home stadium of the higher ranked team, and the semi finals and final played at neutral sites (the semi finals should be played regionally if possible).

    I prefer a committee over anything like the BCS formula – especially this current configuration that doesn’t allow a computer formula to factor in margin of victory.

  8. shellnc 12/02/2006 at 11:14 PM #

    I think the bowl system sucks. Very arbitrary and totally unfair. We would never get the benefit of the doubt.

  9. choppack1 12/02/2006 at 11:15 PM #

    I love it – you know, there is college football post-season playoffs – no one watches them, even fewer folks go to them.

    Get this folks – college football is growing. NASCAR implemented a defacto playoff system – and from what I’ve heard, no one cares.

    A couple of things that make college football great:

    1) Every game is of paramount importance. Think about it, I just watched the UCLA-USC game. If this was a b’ball game – big f’ing deal, USC gets the No. 1 seed in the West and it’s as if the game never even happened. Instead, they just lost a chance to play in the national championship game – that my friends is drama. I’ll never forget watching the Sports Reporters – and the same dolts who 3 months earlier were saying that a college football playoff wouldn’t reduce the importance of the regular season were saying, “This was a great Big East championship game, but no one seems to care! I don’t know if I even care!” That’s because it didn’t matter.

    2) The current bowl system allows a large % of fans to walk away w/ a smile on their face:

    The high stakes of college football leaves a championship game, a conference championship, and good bowl games. However, good – or these days – even mediocre seasons are rewarded w/ a bowl trip. If you win a bowl, you walk away from the stadium w/ a smile on your face, looking forward to the season. No such pleasure exists in college basketball. Hell, even if we beat Duke and Carolina in a march to the ACC championship, we could face them again and lose in the NCAA tourney – you think you’re walking away from that smiling. You see, college football actually gives fans a chance to feel good about the season- creating the opposite of dissonance. As a result, there’s a good chance college football brings a smile to your face – not so w/ college basketball.

  10. Wolfpack4ever 12/02/2006 at 11:16 PM #

    Can I get back to ya on this in a couple of years or so when it might have some relevance to NCSU? 😉

    Seriously, I like the way the bowls get rotated. The ultimate championship game may get may exclude a someone now but like you say, “So what.” If BCS team runs the table, there will be no keeping them out.

  11. Rumble Pack 12/02/2006 at 11:27 PM #

    I love it how it is because the entire season is like a playoff. There are no meaningless games in the regular season. Every time has to play hard every week.

  12. theTHRILL 12/02/2006 at 11:32 PM #

    I agree with you most of the time, but not here. A playoff system (virtually ANY playoff system ANY way it’s done) would be an improvement over what we’ve got now. Sure, it may decrease the importance of some end-of-year games, but no one would be complaining once the tournament got started and week 1 provided matchups like (for instance) OSU/Oklahoma, USC/Wisconsin, Michigan/Louisville, and Florida/LSU. As someone mentioned earlier, I’d rather have controversy surrounding who’s #8/#9 than who’s #2/#3. Your argument would also seemingly work in the NFL, but no one’s saying we should eliminate their playoff system.

  13. PACDADDY 12/02/2006 at 11:48 PM #

    Statefans…fair question….no matter how many teams you have someone is going to be left out and upset. If all conferences were required to have a CC game it would make the final 4 selection easier.

    My 4th team? Probably OKlahoma…they got screwed in one of their losses. Had USC won today it would be simle. Because Big 10 has 2 already I wouldn’t let Wisconsin get in(if they had a real champion in the conference it would be easier to decide), so I think Lousiville, Ok or LSU.

    One of those 3 and the other 2 just have to get over it.

    Personally…I’d prefer an 8 game playoff with conference champions and 2 at large teams.

  14. NCStateDud92 12/02/2006 at 11:49 PM #

    Sorry guys. the BCS is a broken system. Florida, the winner of the most powerful and difficult conference in the nation, in all likely hood will be screwed out of a chance to play for the title. It happened to Auburn a few years back, then it happened to USC, and now it will happen to Florida. The BCS is a horrible system and we NEED a playoff, every other sport has one, why should college football be any different?

  15. Rumble Pack 12/02/2006 at 11:51 PM #

    I think Florida will be chosen over Michigan

  16. BJD95 12/03/2006 at 12:08 AM #

    You make the point for the opposition here – the SEC will maybe end up with 4 Top 8 teams. And likely NONE of them will get a shot at the title, b/c they beat each other up.

    A 16 team playoff would be the best television ever, and the 4 SEC reps would likely fare well, their tough road transformed from liability to asset.

    I would trade some reduction in regular season value in order to make the post-season more compelling. As it is now, I pay much more attention to the regular season than the post-season, which is highly perverse.

  17. Buck 12/03/2006 at 12:16 AM #

    “Sorry guys. the BCS is a broken system….The BCS is a horrible system and we NEED a playoff, every other sport has one, why should college football be any different?”

    It’s not broken. The system was broken before the BCS came along! The BCS has made things a lot better than before there was a BCS. Take this year for instance…Ohio State would play USC in the Rose Bowl and UF would play Okla in the Orange bowl. Where would that have gotten us? Now at least in most years we get a 1-2 matchup. W/o the BCS there’s no way Texas plays USC last year. So while it ain’t perfect, it ain’t broken. It’s doing just what its designed to do…give us a 1-2 matchup and nothing more.

  18. Tau837 12/03/2006 at 12:19 AM #

    Couldn’t disagree more. Here is the post I made in Jeff’s last thread bashing the idea of a college football playoff system:

    I have long had the following idea about a workable playoff system, which I humbly submit is a bit better than the one posted by SFN:

    1. 8 teams.
    Why? Primarily because it mimics the number of BCS bowl teams prior to this year, and thus leaves the rest of the bowl system intact. Also because the driving reason for a playoff should be to ensure we crown the right champion… and it is unlikely that a team that does not qualify for the playoff in this system would have had a shot.

    2. BCS conference champs get an automatic bid.
    Why? Same as current BCS system. No reason to change it.

    3. One wild card must be from outside BCS conferences.
    Why? Keeps the Cinderella factor alive all season every year, and ensures there is at least one David vs. Goliath game every year. Also, from the flip side, provides more incentive to finish as the #1 seed. This also makes the regular season even more important to the BCS conference teams, as they can count on only one wild card per season. Note: Notre Dame does not enjoy special status, although they may well be in position to often fill this slot. But use of a committee should help to ensure that they earn it.

    4. A committee is used to select the wild cards and to seed the teams.
    Why? Because no formula, Sagarin ratings, etc., can automatically take all important factors into account. If the committee chooses to use BCS ranking formula, Sagarin ratings, etc., that is their choice. But they do not have to blindly follow any particular system. All the same reasons it is appropriate in basketball apply here. Also, it preserves a bit of the unknown until the final conference championship game is played, which should only add to the drama down the stretch of the regular season.

    5. Higher seeds play at home in the first round.
    Why? It is too much to expect fans to travel on three consecutive weekends. Also, this provides incentive for all contenders to impress the committee, via their scheduling and their play.

    6. BCS bowl sites are used for the “Final 4″ games, with a rotation system used.
    Why? Primarily to appease those bowl committees and to try to retain a bit of the old bowl tradition while still facilitating a needed playoff. The odd bowl out could still be played, as the “NIT��? bowl… or it could just be skipped. Or instead of a rotation system, we could just choose to cut the Orange Bowl and always use the other three, simply rotating which is the title game. Or whatever.

    That’s about it. Some of the commonly used arguments against a playoff system:

    1. Too many games for the kids (academically and/or physically).
    Not really. All these kids would play a bowl game anyway. Only 4 teams will play more than the normal amount. And only 2 teams will play 2 extra games. And it is done at other levels of football. As for the academic side of it, the extra game(s) comes right at the start of a new semester at most schools, so it is doable.

    2. Will reduce the current emphasis on the regular season, which is what makes college football great.
    On the contrary, the fact that at most 7 BCS conference teams can make it, with only one conference getting 2 teams, at least maintains the current sense of urgency. And the need to impress the committee for seeding purposes adds to it.

    3. Will take away from the other bowls.
    Not so. Already there is a distinction made between the BCS bowls and non-BCS bowls. It would simply maintain that same distinction.

    Some arguments raised in the first thread:

    1. To those saying OOC scheduling would no longer be important:
    Not true, because even if you qualify, you want the highest seed possible for (a) best matchup (b) home game in first round. In an 8 team format, it is just as important as it is now in the BCS format.

    2. To those saying a playoff would ruin things for other teams and fans:
    Not true with an 8 team playoff. Does it ruin things now for teams that are not BCS contenders? Of course not. All the existing bowls would continue as they do today.

    3. To those saying fans cannot travel to the games:
    Play first round games at home. So four teams travel for the first round, four travel for the second round, and two travel for the third round. A total of 10 road games amongst 8 teams. And it is unlikely that any team would travel 3 times, since it would have to be a 5-8 seed who reaches the title game. Meanwhile, this is offset at least a little bit for the fans of the top 4 seeds, who get an extra playoff game at home, likely a more exciting game than any those fans get today.

    IMO this would be much more exciting than the BCS format. I am a college football fan, but I don’t watch every BCS game every year, because I don’t find some matchups compelling. I’d be much more likely to watch in a playoff format, because it would add to the drama and excitement.

    I am convinced that such a system would eclipse March Madness and be the most popular annual sports event other than possibly the Super Bowl.

    Now, let’s look at who would be in if this system was in place.

    ACC Champion: Wake Forest
    SEC Champion: Florida
    Big Ten Champion: Ohio State
    Big 12 Champion: Oklahoma
    PAC 10 Champion: USC
    Big East Champion: West Virginia
    BCS Wild Card: Michigan
    Non-BCS Wild Card: Boise State

    Possible seedings might result in this bracket:

    #1 Ohio State vs. #8 Boise State in Columbus
    #2 Florida vs. #7 Wake in Gainesville
    #3 Michigan vs. #6 West Virginia in Ann Arbor
    #4 USC vs. #5 Oklahoma in Pasadena

    Some of the details above could change, since the committee might shuffle some seeds. I don’t think there is any question on the wild cards. As someone said, Notre Dame has to earn its way in, and Boise State at 12-0 is more deserving. Hello, Cinderella.

    Then we’d be potentially looking at Ohio State vs. USC and Florida vs. Michigan in the second round. What an awesome playoff, no matter who would advance to the final.

    Instead, we’ll end up with a number of forgettable BCS matchups outside the championship game.

    As for diminishing today’s games, I don’t think so. All of the championship games determined the playoff team for that conference. The only game that could possibly have been diminished is USC’s game vs. UCLA. But look at the result: with a win, they would have played Wake at home instead of Oklahoma, likely an easier game… and they would have been the #2 seed, and thus avoided Ohio State until the final, rather than in the second round. Heck, they might even have lost their first round home game, if the committee decided they slipped to the #5 seed.

    Jeff ranted about the problems if the BCS conference champions are not chosen. I agree. That’s why my system has them in. He also suggested a negative for including the conference champions is that the 8 best teams aren’t in the playoff. But the reason that is okay is precisely what this whole post is about–the need to preserve the good things about college football today, namely the importance of the regular season. This system does just that.

    And besides, what top 8 team not shown in my system applied for this year would have been left out? LSU? What makes them deserving, considering they didn’t even earn a spot in their conference championship game, much less win their conference? Wisconsin? Third best in their own conference… had they played Ohio State, they would likely have two losses and not be in this discussion. Louisville? Again, didn’t earn a spot in their conference championship game… hard to say they are better than the third best Big East team.

    Incidentally, these examples of teams who didn’t make the cut completely underline why this system preserves all the good things about the current system, and also illustrates incentives teams would have to improve their strength of schedule.

    Possibly unlikely with 2 losses, but perhaps LSU could have claimed the BCS wild card if they had played a better out of conference schedule than La Lafayette, Arizona, Tulane, and Fresno State, all at home.

    Same thing for Louisville, but worse since Louisville plays in a weaker conference. Louisville actually played 5 out of conference games: Kentucky, Temple, Miami, Kansas State, and Middle Tennessee State. They might have thought the Miami game would be a strong OOC game, but that simply illustrates that scheduling only one tough OOC game is a risk.

    As for Wisconsin, as I mentioned above, they did not play Ohio State this year. They lost to Michigan, and the combined records of the rest of their Big Ten opponents is 39-46. Meanwhile, here is their OOC schedule: Bowling Green, Western Illinois, San Diego State, and Buffalo. It’s their own fault they had no shot at the BCS wild card.

    I think this pretty much defeats all of Jeff’s arguments. Let’s hear it.

  19. class of 74 12/03/2006 at 12:21 AM #

    Tell Div I-AA, Div II and Div III that the regular season means nothing and a playoff system is unworkable and unfair. The facts are the present system is a joke. And tell either Florida’s or Michigan’s fans they don’t deserve to be in the finals. As to the meaningless multiple meetings you refer to in basketball, I recall the days of the Big Four tourney where we might meet an opponent four times in a season and the fans ate it up! Sorry but you are just wrong on this one.

  20. Tau837 12/03/2006 at 12:23 AM #

    Not sure why the playoff matchups were cut out of my post. Here they are:

    (1 seed) Ohio State vs. (8 seed) Boise State in Columbus
    (2 seed) Florida vs. (7 seed) Wake Forest in Gainesville
    (3 seed) Michigan vs. (6 seed) West Virginia in Ann Arbor
    (4 seed) USC vs. (5 seed) Oklahoma in Pasadena

    Just insert this in the big blank spot in my previous post.

  21. Buck 12/03/2006 at 12:27 AM #

    Total Buzz kill…

    Besides there are way to many “I think nots” in it that are used to refute solid points against such a system.

  22. Lock 12/03/2006 at 4:36 AM #

    Yeah…and how about all those years wherein we were able to say ‘regular season doesn’t work…AGAIN.’

    Bring the playoffs. Keep the extraneous bowls for the teams that don’t make it. Give this sport some consistent legitimacy.

  23. Lock 12/03/2006 at 6:34 AM #

    Also, stop talking like anybody who’s pro-playoff is an idiot and you’ve solved all the world’s problems. Please.

    Think about it and stop falling for the cliches.

  24. 86ncsu95 12/03/2006 at 7:58 AM #

    Kirk Herbstreit was the first national sportscaster I heard advocate the same thing some of you are saying. The “+1” concept is it. All bowls stay the same and you get a true national championship. This would have given Auburn their chance a couple years back and I think GaTech had to share a title. Some still don’t think the ’81 Clemson team were “real” champions.

  25. paul_megatrizzle 12/03/2006 at 8:36 AM #

    i like the idea of the plus one as well. let michigan and florida battle it out for the number two spot, then the winner plays ohio state.

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