Would love to see a 16 team playoff, but need to break down resistance first. Start with an 8 team tourney as follows:
NCAA takes over first Saturday in December from conference championships and other games, unless teams like Army-Navy want to waive possible tourney bid. Major conferences required to drop Conference Championship Games.
4 games played on first Saturday in December at neutral sites. Bids as follows:
5 automatic bids - ACC, SEC, BigTen, Big XII, PAC 10.
2 bids guaranteed to teams not from these conferences.
1 at large bid.
4 winners play in Final Four on New Year's Day.
NCAA Championship Game one week+ later.
Auto bids for big 5 are a quid pro quo for giving up Conference Championship Games and the Rose Bowl. Also reflects five strongest leagues.
Tie breaker for NCAA bids among conference co-champions is determined by NCAA tournament committee, not conference rules.
Semis and championship game rotates among Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange. Fourth of these gets a quarterfinal between #4 and #5 plus can host New Year's Day game that is not part of tourney. (Championship site can also host a non-tourney New Year's Day game). Other 3 quarterfinals are played at campus sites but with substantial tickets reserved for visiting team and NCAA sale.
Other Bowls remain as today. NCAA First round losers eligible for Bowl games.
2005 Tourney Bids:
LSU (10-1) SEC co-champ
Va Tech (7-1, 10-1) ACC champ
Penn State (7-1, 10-1) Big Ten co-champ
USC (8-0, 12-0) Pac 10 champ
Texas (8-0, 11-0) Big XII champ
2 Reserved Bids:
Notre Dame (9-2)
West Virginia (10-1)
1 At Large Bid:
Ohio State (9-2) (Oregon gets screwed again!)
First Round Games
(8) WVU at (1) USC
(7) ND at (2) Texas
(6) Ohio St. at (3) LSU
(5)Va Tech vs (4) Penn State in Sugar Bowl
Semis: Fiesta, Orange
Final: Rose Bowl
This system requires ONE extra game as compared to current system. One extra week of play for two teams. Bowl system is preserved. Overall, similar to Plus One game now under discussion, with additional round created by dropping conference championship games.
Again, I favor a 16 team system, but this works pretty well without major changes to existing schedule.
Last edited by orangefan on Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.