|2009 National Champs Alabama|
To correctly follow their setup, I took the conference champs from all 11 major conferences plus 5 At-Large teams. In order to make this as fair or realistic as possible I just followed the current BCS rankings to determine the 5 At Large teams and again for the new 1 - 16 seedings created after the final 16 teams were selected. There would probably be more creativity if we used a small group of knowledgeable and trusted advisors to select these teams, much like the NCAA Basketball tournament, but for our purposes here this worked fine. So without further adieu, I present to you a poorly drawn example of the football glory we could be experiencing over the next month if not for the BCS.
Yes I would watch all of those games. Even the #16 ranked Sun Belt Champs Florida International at #1 ranked SEC Champs Auburn game. Here is another great part of the College Football Playoff. The first College Bowl game is the New Mexico Bowl on December 18th, so let's say that we also give the Playoff teams a bye week between their conference championship games and the First Round. Which that would mean that the slate of games you see up there would also occur over the weekend of December 18th. If the Playoffs continue over the next three consecutive weekends, that means the National Championship game would take place on Saturday, January 8th. Which is 2 days before the current game is scheduled. We could fit an entire 16 teams playoff bracket inside the existing Bowl schedule and utilize an extra bye week before the tournament even begins.
The Playoffs are not some crazy idea held by College Football maniacs. They are legitimately a MUCH better option than the current BCS. They are 100% feasible. They would make, according to conservative estimates more than three times (3x) more revenue than the current BCS which is equal to roughly a $550 million surplus. Which to me seems like it might be able to help out some of these cash strapped schools currently being bailed out by even more in debt state governments. So the next time this conversation comes up I hope you'll join me in your enthusiasm for a College Football Playoff!
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