2011 NCAA Football Playoff Proposal
It's time again for my NCAA Football Playoff Proposal. When I put together my first NCAA playoff proposal in 1999, I really believed that college football was on the path to adopting a playoff system. I could not have been more wrong. The NCAA, the men in the funny-colored sportcoats adorned with their bowl's logo and the university presidents of the top dozen or so power football schools will never allow such a sensible thing as a Division 1-A college football playoff to take place. The groups who control college football are like activist judges. They make decisions that suit their own needs even though those decisions run contrary to the desires of 90% of the people involved and the spirit of college athletics. If college football was in fact like every other sports league on the planet (including all other NCAA football levels, beer league softball, The World Series of Poker and even the WNBA) the playoffs might look a little something like this:
Here's how the 2011-12 playoffs would shake out if I were the committee:
LSU (SEC), Oregon (Pac 12), Clemson (ACC), Wisconsin (Big 10), Oklahoma State (Big 12) and TCU (best BCS ranking among other conferences).
At Large Teams
That leaves two spots for at-large teams. Alabama, at 11-1, is clearly one of the choices. They play in the toughest conference and their only loss is to the one undefeated. The choice for the second at-large team would be pretty easy as well. Stanford was 11-1 and they are clearly more worthy than the eligible two-loss teams, Kansas State and Virginia Tech. My rules stipulate that the two at-large bids cannot come from the same conference so Arkansas and South Carolina were eliminated once Alabama was chosen.
LSU is clearly the #1 seed. I'm putting Oklahoma State at #2 and Alabama at #3 after OSU's impressive blowout of Oklahoma. My #4 seed is Oregon. They have two losses and Stanford has one but Oregon easily defeated Stanford a few weeks ago. Stanford would be #5 with Wisconsin at #6, Clemson at #7 and TCU at #8.
Oregon and Stanford are both from the Pac 12 so Stanford and Wisconsin will switch seeds. Not only does this put the two Pac 12 teams on opposite sides of the bracket but also sets up a traditional Big 10 vs Pac 12 Rose Bowl.
SEMI-FINALS - Saturday, January 21st (day prior to AFC and NFC Championships)
(Note: the semi-finals could also be played on Thursday, January 12th and Monday, January 16th. This would avoid the competition with the NFL and reduce the time off between the first and second rounds.)
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday Jan 28th (Superbowl off week)
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