It’s that bowling time of year, and so we dismiss the BCS National Championship in lieu of a superior 16 team playoff scenario that everyone would like to see, the Beemsville Bowl Playoff Championship (BPC; TM still pending). It’s our third annual BPC, so check out the 2011 and 2010 versions for fun. Here’s how it works…
- Six automatic BCS conference qualifiers, The champions from the six current BCS conferences: SEC – Alabama, Pac 12 – Stanford, Big 10 – Wisconsin (groan), Big 12 – Kansas State, ACC – Florida State, and Big East (double groan) – Louisville.
- Two at-large conference qualifiers, the champions of the next two highest rated conferences. This year that’s the MAC – Northern Illinois(!), and the WAC -Utah State. This changes every year. Last year we had Conference USA and the Mountain West 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, and this year the SEC dominates with five. At-large teams are: Notre Dame, Florida, Oregon, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.
- 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 after the second round.
- Semi-finals and the final rotate between the four BCS bowl sites. Jan. 1 is your semi-final date. This year the Orange Bowl gets the championship on Jan. 12.