Here's something to use as a starting point for discussion on a proposed playoff plan. If you disagree on the format (which I do since I want 16 teams), provide an alternative playoff format.
I will post the article in multiple parts:
Officials discuss possibility of playoffs
By David Jones
The Bowl Championship Series has three years left in its contractual agreement with ABC. But talks have already begun in order to ensure, come 2006, college football fans will get what they want.
"I think that is a process that has already begun," Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan said. "The discussions are taking place and have been for a while now."
Any changes would have to be approved by NCAA's Executive Committee and would likely have to be made within the next year to give the television networks enough time to put together appropriate bids. The executive committee, made up of 16 university presidents, meets Jan. 14 in Anaheim, Calif.
Adding a playoff would open the door for the Capital One Bowl to make a move to get into the BCS bowl mix. The Fiesta, Sugar, Orange and Rose are currently affiliated with the BCS and host the national championship game on a rotating basis.
If the NCAA decides to go to a one-game playoff format while continuing the current plan in which one of the BCS bowls is the designated national title game on a rotating basis, it could open the door for fifth bowl to join the mix.
The idea that seems to be creating the most excitement and consideration from the NCAA is playing out the entire bowl season -- but holding back one of the four BCS bowls for a national championship game.
Under the format being discussed, the entire bowl season would be played. Then there'd be a revote and re-tabulation of the points system to determine which two teams would meet in the national title game.
If one of the four major bowls is held back for the designated championship game, the BCS would need another bowl to fill that fourth spot.
Capital One Bowl executive director Tom Mickle plans to jump into the new waters with both feet, if such an opening happens.
"We want to participate in the next bid cycle," Mickle said. "We plan to be ready. . . . We're waiting for it."
Fiesta Bowl chairman Steve Horrell feels there's a strong possibility the one-game playoff is going to be accepted by the NCAA. University presidents have been discussing the format for months and many like it.
"I think last year, the way things turned out, changed the whole perspective for everyone," Horrell said.
Miami ended up playing Nebraska -- which didn't even win its own division in the Big 12 -- for the national title in the Rose Bowl.
The year before, the Hurricanes ended up playing in the Sugar Bowl while Florida State met Oklahoma in the national title game. Never mind that Miami had beaten FSU earlier in the season.
"That made people look a lot harder than they used to" at a playoff, Horrell said. "And after Nebraska played Miami, we hadn't even played one game in the current (national title) rotation in the BCS and people are already talking about a playoff."