Tuesday, January 09, 2007

BCS Playoff System

Due to last night's overwhelming triumph of Florida over Ohio State, I too must add my voice to the desire of a playoff system.

However, whereas most people call for a 4 or 8 team playoff system, I think the best number for this is:



I would base mine off of a similar system, the NFL's playoff system. In mine the top 10 teams get in from the BCS poll thingy. There are no guaranteed spots for conferences. Frankly, if you can't field a team in the Top 10, I fail to see why you should get in, but if you can field several, you should get more. Also, 10 has a nice round number to it. Ask what's more important, a Top 10 finish or a Top 14 finish... hmmm.

Okay so we would have 10 teams. Taking it off the final regular season poll from ESPN.com one gets:

1. Ohio State
2. Florida
3. Michigan
4. LSU
5. Wisconsin
6. Louisville
7. USC
8. Oklahoma
9. Boise State
10. Auburn

In it, week one 7 plays 10 and 8 plays 9. Notice teams 1-6 get a week off. A reward of sorts. On top of it, teams 3-6 know who they are going to play and you could even put a couple of these games in for Tuesday and Thursday as in week 2 3 will play 6 and 4 vs. 5. Teams 1 and 2 will play the winners of 7-10 with #1 playing the lower ranked winner and #2 playing the higher. After this, its just like that, the highest ranked team plays the lowest and the middle 2 play each other and the winners face each other in the Title Game.

This year we would've gotten:

Sat 12/16
#10 Auburn at #7 USC (USC Wins)
#9 Boise State at #8 Oklahoma (Boise State Wins)

Sat 12/23
#6 Louisville at #3 Michigan (Louisville wins)
#5 Wisconsin at #4 LSU (LSU Wins)
#9 Boise State at #1 Ohio State (Ohio State Wins)
#7 USC at #2 Florida (Florida Wins)

Mon 1/1
#6 Louisville vs. #1 Ohio State @ Sugar Bowl (Ohio State Wins)
#4 LSU vs. #2 Florida @ Orange Bowl (Florida Wins)

Mon 1/8
#2 Florida v. #1 Ohio State @ Fiesta Bowl (Florida Wins)

4 weeks is pretty much the max you can have and I think that having more than 10 or 12 teams (maybe 14) is too much. And giving a week off to the top couple of teams is worth it.

High ho... high ho... its off to WoW I go... to fish... BLECH!