1. If you are going to have a national championship then actually try to do it right! Pick the 16 best teams, seed them, play the first round at the higher seed but split the money equally to the conferences prorated by number of teams in the 16, take over existing bowl games for the elite eight match-ups (like Rose, Orange, Sugar, etc.), the final four match-ups, and the championship game. With 16 teams it will be hard to argue that the “true” #1 was NOT included, with only 4 those arguments will persist. The season will end on the same date in January as it does now.

  2. If my arithmetic, cyphering and graphing are correct that would be 4 weeks time span and makes it workable. A number between 6 and 16 teams would go along way to satisfy fans zeal for a playoff system. At least the B10 is trying to forge a move in the right direction.

  3. BeatPurdue, you do understand that the Bowls are owned and operated by the Chambers of Commerce in the cities they are played, and generate a great deal of money for those communities. They are not going to allow the NCAA to take them over or share proceeds with the NCAA.

    If we as fans truly desire the NCAA to crown a national champion in football like it does in basketball the current bowl format will have to be eliminated.

    I agree with the idea of bidding for the national championship game. The NCAA basketball tournament is played in a different city each and every year. Would love to see a national championship game at Soldiers Field in January. Let’s see how those warm weather teams fare when the temperature is below freezing, the snow is falling and the wind blowing.

    Face it, if any college player has thoughts of playing in the NFL then he might as well get used to playing in less than perfect weather conditions.

  4. Waiting…, if the alternative is that they get no games involving the top 16 teams, of course the bowl organizations will bend with the winds and survive.

  5. Beat Purdue is right, the NCAA could dictate a playoff and the existing bowl “owners” (they are non-profit organizations, if you can believe it) would adjust. The fannies would still be in the seats and the ads would still run on TV.

    A sixteen team playoff would require eight stadia for the first round, four for the second, two for the third, and a final game. That’s only fifteen locations (there were over thirty bowl games in 2012), like this:
    Championship- Rose Bowl.
    Semis- Sugar and Cotton.
    Quarters- Fiesta, Orange, Sun, Citrus
    First Round- Liberty, Independence, Holiday, Music City, Motor City, Poinsettia, Pinstripe, Peach.

    These are ranked roughly oldest to newest, and could all have (of course) their corp. sponsors. The other 15-20 bowls (Ex-Lax Bowl, Clearasil Bowl) could squabble over the 7-5 team v. 6-6 team matchups if they want. It would put some tradition and meaning back into some of these venues, and some of the first round bowls would certainly see an increase in revenue and attention from a meaningful playoff match-up of, say, Oregon and Wisconsin instead of the stuff they try and sell now.

    Each of the twelve football conferences would decide its champ for twelve automatic bids. Yeah, the M.A.C., Sun Belt, etc. would get spots! Wouldn’t it be a ton of fun to see a Ball St. or an Arkansas St. knock off an LSU or a Texas? This year’s BCS rematch was idiotic- Alabama had its shot at LSU, why was it more deserving of a rematch than some other teams that hadn’t gotten a crack at the Tigers? Whatever teams selected for the other four spots in this plan would be seeded in the opposite brackets from any opponents that they had played in the regular season- any rematch would have to be earned.

  6. It’s all about revenue. The NCAA could dictate a playoff system right now, but it and many of the league commissioners and university presidents know it would severely put a crimp in their budgets.

    I personally don’t see the bowls buckling under to the pressure of the NCAA. The bowl, i.e. the bowl committees who represent the chamber of commerce, sell the broadcast rights to the games and receive a very healthy profit for doing so. They’re not about to give that up.

    The NCAA sells the broadcast rights of the NCAA basketball tournament (Currently owned by CBS) and doesn’t share it with the city in which the games are held. The host cities make their money off of tourist dollars.

    I want a playoff so I’m all in favor of the NCAA eliminating the bowl system and going to the basketball tournament format for football.

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