Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:18 PM
They went 13-0, beat one of the big boys, but since they played in a shit conference, they dont deserve a chance? That's ridiculous. Give the guys a shot to win it, make a playoff. I dont care if they get smashed in the next round, atleast they would have had a chance instead of being told they cant do it simply because of the conference they play in.
What if they did something like that in college basketball? Example: "George Mason? What conference are you in? HAHAHAHA You have no chance. You're out, UCONN gets to go to the Final Four. Sorry."
Point is, they got a shot, and they took it. And College football should be like that as well, I dont care what conference youre in, if youre undefeated, I think you atleast deserve a playoff shot to go for the championship.
Further more, whats the problem with a playoff system instead of having the Why-watch? Bowl or the I-Dont-Care Bowl? You can still have the major bowls in the playoff system can you not? Just make all the games from ever round at a neutral site and call it a bowl...you'll still make your money.
Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:44 PM
Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:38 AM
With 11 conferences in Division 1A what should happen is the conference champions go in to a tournament plus, to factor in in the Independents, there should be 1 at large berth for another team (which doesn't have to be an independent) to make it a 12 team tournament. I know this would deny some powerhouse teams a shot and would put some poor teams into the playoff such as the Sun Belt winner but the only way these teams can be given the chance to compete with the big conferences is by putting them up against better competition and into bowls where the prize money is greater.
You would still have the rankings but these would be less important and would only determine the seedings. The top 4 ranked teams would each get a bye in the first round (similar to the NFL) with the #1 team at the top of the bracket for the 2nd round and the #2 team at the bottom of the bracket.
This is how it would probably work:
Game 1 - #12 team (at-large berth, not conference champ) vs #5
Game 2 - #11 team vs #6
Game 3 - #10 team vs #7
Game 4 - #9 team vs #8
Game 5 - winner game 1 vs #1 team
Game 6 - winner game 4 vs #4 team
Game 7 - winner game 3 vs #3 team
Game 8 - winner game 2 vs #2 team
Winner game 5 vs Winner game 6
Winner game 7 vs Winner game 8
National Championship - two semi final winners
With this system you would still get great matchups not only in the playoffs, but throughout the bowl system IMO as some 'powerhouse' teams wouldn't have made it and so would be left to fill the other bowls.
The biggest flaw is though that teams may play up to 15/16 game seasons if they make it to the national championship whilst you may get similar conference champions still every year but it would certainly make the other conferences stronger in my eyes.