2012 NCAA Football Playoff Proposal
It's time again for my NCAA Football Playoff Proposal. When I put together my first NCAA playoff proposal in 1999, I really believed that college football was on the path to adopting a playoff system. I could not have been more wrong. The NCAA, the men in the funny-colored sportcoats adorned with their bowl's logo and the university presidents of the top dozen or so power football schools will never allow such a sensible thing as a Division 1-A college football playoff to take place. The groups who control college football are like activist judges. They make decisions that suit their own needs even though those decisions run contrary to the desires of 90% of the people involved and the spirit of college athletics. If college football was in fact like every other sports league on the planet (including all other NCAA football levels, beer league softball, The World Series of Poker and even the WNBA) the playoffs might look a little something like this:
Here's how the 2012-13 playoffs would shake out if I were the committee:
Alabama (SEC), Stanford (Pac 12), Florida State (ACC), Wisconsin (Big 10), Kansas State (Big 12) and Northern Illinois (best BCS ranking among other conferences).
At Large Teams
That leaves two spots for at-large teams. I don't believe that Notre Dame is among the top eight teams in the country and two of their wins (Stanford and Pittsburgh) were flukey to say the least, but they did finish undefeated and therefore deserve to get one of the at large bids. The SEC is the dominant conference so they should definitely receive the second at large spot. Florida beat both Texas A&M and LSU so they get the nod.
Again, the SEC is the dominant conference. No one else is close. So I'm seeding Alabama and Florida in the #1 and #2 slots. Notre Dame was the only undefeated team so the #3 seed makes sense. Kansas State and Stanford are my #4 and #5 seeds. Kansas State lost just once and Stanford was just a little more impressive than my #6 seed, Florida State. Northern Illinois (12-1) out of the MAC takes the #7 seed. Wisconsin rounds out the field. The Badgers (8-5) finished third in the Big Ten Leaders division but played in the Big Ten Championship because of the ineligibility of Ohio State and Penn State. I could add a stipulation that a team winning a league title because of a probationary situation can by bypassed by the Selection Committee. Maybe next year.
Stanford is ranked higher than Wisconsin so they will host the Rose Bowl. Alabama hosts the Sugar Bowl and Florida State hosts the Orange.
2012 NCAA Playoff Proposal Brackets
SEMI-FINALS - Saturday, January 19th (day prior to AFC and NFC Championships)
(Note: the semi-finals could also be played on Thursday, January 10th and Monday, January 14th. This would avoid the competition with the NFL and reduce the time off between the first and second rounds.)
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday Jan 26th (Superbowl off week)
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