Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Plus-one format on the table


— BCS officials are going to have some serious discussions in the upcoming months about going to a plus-one format, which could create a four-team major college football playoff.

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford, the new coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series, said Monday he intends to lead a "thorough" evaluation of the plus-one format. The BCS must determine in the next nine to 12 months what format it will use for the 2010 season (2011 bowls) so it can negotiate a new television deal.

Swofford takes over this year for Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive as the public face of the BCS.

Swofford and Slive said there was increased support among conference commissioners and university presidents for having serious discussions about the plus-one, which would set the national championship game matchup after the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls.

Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe have also said they'd like to look deeper into a plus-one.


justanotherfan 12 years, 4 months ago

From what I hear, it won't happen because the Big 10 and Pac 10 will do whatever the Rose recommends, and since the Rose wants to hold on to the "traditional" matchup, the Big 10 and Pac 10 won't support a plus one if it will prevent the traditional matchup in the event that the champ of one of those conferences is weak. I'm all for kicking the Rose out of the BCS altogether if it will give us better matchups than we had this year (one close game out of five).

JBurtin 12 years, 4 months ago

I'm all for the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange being the first round of an eight team playoff.

Then different cities can vye for the opportunity to be the location of the semifinals and finals.

It would be like hosting the Super Bowl times 3.

I absolutely understand why they are thinking of a plus one system now. Did anyone else think the national championship game was completely anti-climatic? So LSU beat Ohio State, what does that prove? Simply that LSU is better than Ohio State, nothing more. In the end they are still a team with 2 bad losses on their schedule while KU is a team with only 1 good loss. Georgia, West Virginia, and USC look pretty good now too.

So here's my problem with the plus one. Who in the hell out of those 4 teams deserves a shot at the winner of LSU/Ohio State? In my book, they all deserve their shot. I would think that by KU beating the #3 team, that KU would be the next in line. Yet, there is no way in hell that anyone would let this happen. The voters would simply decide the game they wanted to see and create yet another complete letdown of a championship matchup. KU would still have the same argument after that game was played.

This year makes the absolutely clear example of exactly why a plus-one system would work no better than the current scenario. The human voters still get to pick their champion, and high population areas have a clear advantage. Small population areas don't even get their shot at the game, so how could they ever win it?

blackhawkjayhawk 12 years, 4 months ago

A 16-team tournament, just like the one the NCAA holds in its other football divisions is the only acceptable option. Under a plus-1 scenario, this year, we still wouldn't have a true champ. Under a plus-3, once defeated Kansas wouldn't even get to play.

All college football fans need to embrace and promote a 16-team playoff at the D1 level. If it's good enough for Delaware and UW Whitewater, isn't it good enough for Kansas and USC?

Bryan Summers 12 years, 4 months ago

The politics have to be taken out of the system as best they can. A 16 team playoff would be the only way we could get into the "tournament". Look at the current AP 25...1-6 are 2-loss teams. After 7 you move on to 3-loss and except for one team (Hawaii) you move on to 4-loss teams. We were an anomally (in the eyes of the eastern press) and didn't deserve to be in a BCS bowl. We were a joke and, as one ESPN analyst put it, "VT will win, I only hope Kansas can keep it close." Everyone expected a blowout by VT. Now KU's victory is ignored or put aside as a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. IF VT would have won they would be #2, we win and we're #7, Please! I'd take my chances with a 16 team playoff.

OK, now I'm venting....

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