The fail of college football having provided us with an intra-conference rematch for the so-called BCS National Championship, it’s time again to dust off the ol’ playoff scenario. Yes, it’s the Beemsville Bowl Playoff Championship (BPC; TM pending). Our playoff system is a 16 team affair, with the semi-final and final at neutral bowl sites. Here’s the setup…
- Six automatic conference qualifiers, your champions from the six current BCS conferences. That would be SEC – LSU, Pac 10 – Oregon, Big 10 – Wisconsin, Big 12 – Oklahoma State, ACC – Clemson, and Big East (cough, cough) – West Virginia.
- Two at-large conference qualifiers, the champions of the next two highest rated conferences. This year that’s the Mountain West – TCU, and Conference USA – Southern Miss. Some years you might get a WAC 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: Alabama, Stanford, Arkansas, Boise State, Kansas State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Baylor.
- 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 Sugar Bowl gets the championship on Jan. 10.
Have a look at this year’s match-ups (click on the image to view larger):
Some clear winners and losers here and a lot of interesting match-ups. Think about the sponsorship money this might demand… Would an equitable split of all that money acquired by the NCAA for this playoff help other schools with their non-revenue sports? You bet…