‘Tis the season for college football playoff hypotheticals, and so we bring you the 2010 version of the Bowl Playoff Championship, brought to you by Beemsville. Last year we laid out some of the rules for this system. It’s very likely similar to many other playoff scenarios out there on the web – a sixteen team tourney with the final three games at the traditional championship bowl sites. But just to review the setup…
- Six automatic conference qualifiers, your champions from the six current BCS conferences. That would be SEC – Auburn, Pac 10 – Oregon, Big 10 – Wisconsin, Big 12 – Oklahoma, ACC – Virginia Tech, and Big East (cough, cough) – U Conn.
- Two at-large conference qualifiers, the champions of the next two highest rated conferences. This year that’s the Mountain West – TCU, and the WAC – Nevada. Some years you might get a Conference USA or MAC team in here.
- Eight at-large teams, selected from the remaining highest rated teams using the BCS formula. No limits on the number of entries from a conference. This year your at-large teams are Stanford, Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Boise State, LSU, Missouri, and Oklahoma State.
- Teams are seeded according to BCS formula. #1 to #16 based on relative ranking. Higher seeds host the first round; highest surviving seeds then host the second round. Bye week over Christmas.
- Semi-finals and the final rotate between the four BCS bowl sites. Jan. 1 is your semi-final date. This year the Fiesta Bowl gets the championship on Jan. 11.
So how does the BPC stack up this year? Have a look:
Obviously some really intriguing first-round matchups, not to mention some powerful cross conference clashes in the second two rounds. Also, it just so happens that this year we don’t have to worry about any intra-conference clashes in the first round. However, with three teams each from the SEC, Big 10,and Big 12, a typical power-conference scenario with this setup, we would certainly see a Missouri-Oklahoma or LSU-Arkansas-type first round game some years.
- Who likes this year’s BPC? Obviously (cough-cough) UConn is overjoyed, as they get the golden whoopie cushion prize for least-deserving team. Nevada and Boise State are happy because they get their chance, and Boise fans would have to like their side of the bracket. Missouri can quit complaining about not getting respect from bowl organizers but start complaining about a December trip to Camp Randall (still they’re happy, though). TCU would relish the chance to beat-up on some power conference opponents.
- Who doesn’t like this year’s BPC? Well, Oregon and Auburn, as undefeated big conference teams, would just as soon skip any new-fangled playoffs and head straight to Glendale, AZ. Alabama is peeved with UConn and the Big East as the last at-large team out. Nebraska and South Carolina aren’t happy they went from their conferences’ respective championship games to missing the playoffs (but hey, we say that if you want the big conference championship pay-out, you deal with the consequences). And West Virginia has questions about the Big East’s selection methods. Michigan State is probably annoyed that sheer name recognition keeps them below the other two Big 10 schools. The Sugar Bowl folks are off the rotation this year, but at least they could look forward to some sort of Alabama -Texas A&M – Nebraska matchup.
- Who should like this year’s BPC but doesn’t? That would be Big10 Commissioner, Jim Delaney, playoff obstructionist – he of the Rose Bowl covetous demeanor. Delaney should be overjoyed with three teams in, two of them hosting. He should love the fact that in such a system, the Big 10 would always get two entrants to the party, and some years (like this one) he’d get three. This year’s BPC provides the Big 10 the chance to lay some wood to SEC and Big 12 counterparts. But the way Delaney probably sees it, such a playoff also increases the likelihood of no Big 10 teams surviving the first two weekends.
So what do you think? Imagine the TV ratings, the sponsorship deals, the blog and ESPN fodder. Imagine the excitement of a lower seed catching fire and pulling some upsets. Most importantly, imagine the football! At Beemsville, we remain committed to the idea of a college football playoff system. For a nominal fee and small percentage of the residuals, we stand ready to begin implementation…