No, they didn't get rid of the BCS and create an NCAA football playoff system overnight. But wouldn't it be nice if they did?
Yes, it's early in the season, but let's take a look at what might be if we had a playoff system. For these hypothetical playoffs, here are the rules:
- all FBS conference champions get an automatic bid
- the five best non-champion teams receive an at-large bid
- the Sagarin rankings from September 25th are used (the latest rankings before this post)
- the top team from each conference in the rankings is assumed to be the division champ
- the next five highest ranked teams receive the at-large bids
- the seeding for the tournament is based on the Sagarin rankings
For the record, this is not my idea ... this is basically Dan Wetzel's plan (he's at Yahoo! Sports). The Sagarin rankings are my way of picking the teams. The best teams in the country would be rewarded with the higher seeds, and the higher seed would host each game until the championship.
Without further delay, here are your first round games:
- #1 Alabama (SEC champ) vs. #16 Florida International (Sun Belt champ)
- #2 LSU (SEC at-large) vs. #15 Nevada (WAC champ)
- #3 Boise State (MWC champ) vs. #14 Temple (MAC champ)
- #4 Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) vs. #13 Houston (C-USA champ)
- #5 Florida (SEC at-large) vs. #12 South Florida (Big East champ)
- #6 Stanford (Pac-12 champ) vs. #11 Nebraska (Big Ten at-large)
- #7 Oklahoma State (Big 12 at-large) vs. #10 Wisconsin (Big Ten champ)
- #8 Oregon (Pac-12 at-large) vs. #9 Virginia Tech (ACC champ)
The more I learn about the BCS and bowl games, the more I want a playoff system in place.