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BCS plus-one format gains momentum

Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:00 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 8:47 pm
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DALLAS – There are still a myriad of things to determine how the Bowl Championship Series’ postseason format ultimately will look like in 2014, but one topic seems apparent: college football’s playoff will not be larger than four teams.

“I would say obviously eight or 16 team (playoff formats) are not on the radar screen,” said a person attending the four-hour plus BCS meetings Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth Grand Hyatt Hotel.

On Tuesday, the 11 conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, two BCS officials and a BCS attorney met to discuss what form college football’s postseason will look like beginning in 2014.

While sources at the meeting said a four-team plus-one format looks likely when the new BCS format starts in two years, BCS executive director Bill Hancock stressed the meetings were “very broad and analytical” and that no decisions were reached.

The group will meet Wednesday then again in Dallas next month and in Fort Lauderdale in April. However, Hancock says he would be surprised if a decision is reached before summer.

“I don’t think this will be an overnight decision,” Hancock said.

Added SEC commissioner Mike Slive: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Maybe so, but when they’re done running there likely will be a four-team playoff.

Now comes the intriguing part: how will the plus-one model look like?

Will it be a seeded model (one vs. four, two vs. three); where will the semifinals be played; and how - or will - the bowl games be utilized? Will the bowl games host the semifinals and final or will the plus-one semifinals and final be awarded to the highest bidder – i.e. the Cotton Bowl or another current non-BCS bowl?

Even with a four-team format some of problems are "insurmountable" according to source in attendance Tuesday. Hancock and others spoke of not wanting to hold BCS games during the December exam period, usually between Dec. 1-21. While FCS (Division I-AA), Division II and III stage playoffs in December, FBS (Division I-A) would be doing it for the first time. The scrutiny would be enhanced on presidents at the highest level of college athletics if football cut into that exam time.

Besides wanting to avoid BCS games during the exam schedule, they also want to avoid playing BCS games around Christmas. Another challenge, Hancock said, is scheduling games around the NFL.

Presidents also want the season to end before the second week of January and closer to Jan. 1. Ohio State has flown back from a BCS championship game site immediately after the game at least once because school had started back home.

Last season's BCS title game between Alabama and LSU was played on Jan. 9 and resulted in the lowest TV ratings in BCS title game history.

Based on those preferred timelines (no exams, no Christmas and no NFL conflicts), the most likely time for a plus-one would be holding the semifinals a few days after Christmas and the final about a week later.

Any changes to the BCS format, which expires after the 2013 regular season, must be approved by the NCAA’s Presidential Oversight Committee, which must decide whether to approve the recommendation of the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners and Swarbrick.
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Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, NCAA, plus-one
 
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Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:49 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

You need to put a little more thought into that...


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Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:31 am
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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:27 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

We've already talked about the reasons for the poor ratings, however I feel that people on this board understand it. The game held only regional interest and people didn't view Alabama as a legit challanger. Clearly, Bama proved to be the best team and as one poster pointed out eariler I think that had they won it through a tournament they would be given more respect. I don't, however, feel sorry for OK State. They were not even the best team in the Fiesta Bowl, much less the best team in nation. They would have been run out of the building by Bama without a doubt.

As far as the playoff is concerned. It needs to happen. It should be at least 8 teams, but I'm willing to settle for 4 at this time. I think once we get the ball moving, it will expand over the course of the years. First it was 2 with the BCS. Now it will be 4 with the plus-one. Once people get frustrated with that it will be 8. America likes a true champion and a playoff is the only way to get that. Also, Bill Hancock has the worst job in the world. Can you imagine getting up every morning, putting on a suit, and going out to defend the BCS? Sorry Bill, you're fighting for a loser.




Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:17 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

A playoff is not "insurmountably hard": start the season 1 week early, eliminate 1 meaningless non conference game, and run a 3 week round robin tournament after the conference championship games. Last 2 teams standing play in the title game, every other team gets ranked according to how it finished and finds a bowl game to play in. If small schools whine about lost revenue from losing those non-conference games, share with them some of the billions they will generate with an 8 or 16 team college football playoff. Done and done.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:38 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I hope they let as many teams in as possible that way when the SEC wins the championship there will be less crying!



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:27 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I_Bowl_300, I'm not sure you read everything I posted. You said

"I keep hearing people say "I wouldn't want a 16th ranked team playing for the national championship," or some derivative thereof.  If you don't want them playing in it, why extend the offer"

I never said I wanted to include them. I said "...to start off with 16 teams seems too much for my taste. I think if you wanted to expand more than 4, you go to 10".  I think if a tournament were to be held, 10 teams should be the maximum teams allowed or you could start running into teams with 3 losses. There's never going to be a perfect line in the sand to separate the deserving vs. the non-deserving, but our country is infatuated with Top 10 lists. I think it would be accepted.

Then you said "And please explain why Boise State or those "of the country" would cause an uproar"

What I said was "Top 10 allows for the Boise State's of the country to get in without a huge uproar". I wasn't berating Boise State, I was trying to validate giving legitimate teams outside of the power conferences a shot WITHOUT causing the uproar that always comes up when they get brought up in "championship game" conversations. Top 10 allows a team from each power conference (plus the occasional 2) to be represented, along with allowing argument for a team like Boise State or BYU, or ND to claim a spot.

You added, "I think the biggest problem with college football is that people feel entitled that they should be able to decide the fate of these schools and not playing the sport on the field."

Completely agree.




Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:23 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

I think your statement about it being on espn caused some dip in the ratings had something to do with it but I also think it was a regional game. You lost a lot of viewers from the west, southwest and midwest because it was two teams from the south. If okie state had been in the game, the ratings would have been higher because you cause more of an interest throughout the country. I am not saying that the two teams that were in it were not the right ones, just not very appealing due to the game had already been played earlier in the season.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:30 pm
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

There is so much that could be said here. We could talk about all the rushing yards Okla St. game up to Stanford in their bowl game and how an Sec team would have pounded you guys up front.  Mark my words, an Sec team will be the fourth seed and WIN it all. Then you liberals will be looking for some other excuse.  Next it will be they didn't let enough teams in or we shouldhn'thave got left out.  Cry Cry Cry you liberals.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:49 am
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

HAD BAMA EARNED ITS SPOT IN THE TITLE GAME VIA A 4 TEAM PLAY IN, I BELIEVE THAT THE NATION WOULD HAVE CARED A LITTLE MORE.  BUT TO HAVE A REMATCH OF A TEAM THAT LOST ALREADY TO THE CONFERENCE CHAMPION AND NO 1 TEAM....WELL, PEOPLE JUST DON'T CARE.  BAMA ALREADY HAD IT'S SHOT AND LOST.  THAT'S WHY THEY DIDN'T HAVE MICHIGAN AND OSU REPLAY FOR THE TITLE A FEW YEARS AGO.  CLEARLY MICHIGAN WAS BETTER THAN THE NO 2 THE BCS OFFERED UP, BUT THE VOTERS DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT REPLAYED. 





Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:10 am
 

BCS plus-one format gains momentum

These control-freak dinosaurs have go to go. You have to wonder just how deep they are in the cookie jar to keep dictating half measures and dissatisfying compromises. Give the people wha tthey want and everyone will prosper, not just you and your corrupt friends.


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