It’s that time of the year again. Even though PSU has had this unbelievable year (Let’s go Buffs and Bruins), it still falls short of what we want. The true national tournament. All year, I convinced myself that 8 teams were enough but I am now back on the 16 team bandwagon. The suckiness of the Big East and the politics of Notre Dame have convinced me.
Here’s who gets in my tournament: The 8 conference winners with the highest BCS rankings and the next highest 8 teams. (This year, Texas Tech is the team on the bubble but someone will always cry)
There will be no more conference championship games. Each school should play every other team in the conference. I know it sucks that some conferences have more teams than others but again, life is not fair.
The first round games would be played this weekend. Settle in, my friends because you have 8 games to catch and tons of beers and nachos to consume.
Here is this week’s schedule….
All games on Saturday. These will be played at the home fields of the higher seeded teams. All 119 teams could sell tickets for this date in the hopes that their team gets to host a first round game. The brackets don’t quite fit the 1-16 mold that we love from March Madness because travel is taken into consideration:
10:30 am Georgia at Ohio State ESPN
12:00 noon WVU at Penn State ABC
1:30 pm Auburn at Virginia Tech ESPN 2
3:00 pm Alabama at Texas CBS
4:30 pm Miami at LSU ABC
6:00 pm Fresno State at Oregon ESPN 2
7:30 pm TCU at USC ESPN
9:00 pm UCLA at Notre Dame NBC
The losers of these games are now eligible to play in a bowl game. If the Gator Bowl thinks that WVU or Auburn or whomever gives them the best bowl game, let those teams have the reward of going to Jacksonville.
The winners will play in the current BCS bowls. Traditional slots will try to be held. Again, seeding is on the backburner. To win the tournament, you have to win 4 games no matter what. There will be a month off after this first round so the student athletes can, you know, study.
If the seeds held, we would have…
ROSE: OHIO STATE AT USC
FIESTA: OREGON AT TEXAS
ORANGE: VA TECH AT PENN STATE
SUGAR: NOTRE DAME AT LSU
The winners would play the next week (both semis in one of the 4 BCS stadiums.) The semifinal winners would play a week later at another one of those sites. Hardly any class would be missed. (Besides only 4 teams are going into the spring semester).
(By the way, in this dream scenario Penn State beats Notre Dame in the finals. Why not shoot for the moon?)
Now that I solved this, I am going to work on that Iraq thing……