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For those college football nutjobs like me who can’t stand the offseason, this might be for you. With all the talk of a college football playoff in the news lately I decided to get creative with the only simulation tools I have: a PS3 and NCAA 12. Using the final BCS regular season standings for seeding; I have created a 24 team playoff (24 teams because the BCS standings doesn’t extend to 32) that I will simulate to see who virtually would have been the national champion. First off, I am in not in favor at all of a 24 team playoff. This is not conducive in reality. My playoff starts on December 17 (two weeks after the conference title games) and extends until January 14th. The Top 8 seeds all have first round byes and the higher seeded team will host until the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be played at the Orange and Sugar Bowls. The championship will be played at the Rose Bowl. I have gone to great extents to make this simulation as legitimate as possible including roster changes due to injury or suspension and even accurate weather conditions at the site where the games would have been played. Check it out here: http://short-sideoption.blogspot.com/ , it’s a good source of entertainment in the off-season!
Does anyone else question the logic of arguments against a playoff by individuals that are for the bowl system? While I understand that the bowl system is driven by politics and money, I cannot overcome one glaring question:
Is there any other level of football (that crowns a champion) that does not have a playoff?
Pee Wee - yep
High School - yep
Div III - yep
Div II - yep
Div 1AA - yep
Arena - yep
CFL - yep
NFL - yep
Div 1 - NOPE (because it's not 'possible' or 'feasible' - or some other reason that seems to work for all other levels)
@dstyle: You are exactly right. I am a college football purist; I love the tradition and pageatry of the game, but after this year (although I agree LSU and Alabama were the two best teams) I think we need a change. Have you heard what all is going on with the BCS meetings? From everything I've heard there will be change of some sort. The arguement now is about how much change that will be. Personally, I am all for a 6 team playoff (the top 2 teams get byes in the first round making the top 2 spots still heavily coveted in the regular season). Hopefully all this chatter we've heard this offseason will amount to something. I still would have loved to have seen 2004 Auburn vs 2004 USC.
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