With the perfect Championship Tournament format under their noses, in the form of the Final Four Tournament, our friends from the BCS Committee pick a format for arriving at a National Championship that could hardly be called anything but subjective. A format that would preclude five of the 11 major Div 1 conferences. How could such arrogance derive such a playoff system? If not for greed, there could be no logical explanation.
The next recommendations from the BCS Committee are anxiously awaited. I don't think that the conferences will stand by and let such a blatant anti-trust violation ride for another 5-7 years. In effect the BCS has created a trust that restrains trade in the form of competition among all Division 1 Universities. The Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 applies to such trust agreements that are involved in interstate commerce.
The NCAA stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and is the governing body for Division 1A football, whose eventual champion each year is chosen by the BCS system. 117 teams compete for this eventual championship each year and the reward is not only glory and bragging rights, but a monster pay out. ABC gave the BCS $525 million contract for the television rights of the BCS Championship bowl series over a seven-year period that will end in 2005. The problem with the system as it exists under the BCS is that a number of teams and conferences are not even considered to be eligible to compete for a National Championship. As a result, a team in a mid-major conference, such as Tulane a few years ago, could go undefeated and finish in the Top 8 teams in the country and receive absolutely no consideration whatsoever. This is because they are not from a conference that is designated as a BCS Conference and are therefore not allowed to compete in the BCS Championship series. This is a system that clearly creates restraints on competition of the business which is college football. They literally strip any chances of competing for a National Championship for almost half of the Division 1A teams in America.
Who says we need a committee to make such decisions? Who says we need the BCS? Isn't it the responsibility of the NCAA to be the governing body for all college athletics? With a National Championship we can eliminate the BCS and open the competition to all Division 1 teams and create three fold the excitement of our current bowl series. The payouts would accordingly increase with the renewed interest in a playoff series, and above all we would open it up to fair competition for all Universities.
For obvious reasons, we have outlined a playoff scenario that takes all Division 1A Universities into consideration for the NCAA Division 1A National Championship bowl series. A Championship tournament that would be fair and include all the Div 1 conferences would have looked something like this at the end of the 2002 season. The tournament would involve 16 teams. Eleven of the teams are conference champions and five teams are at large teams to be added to the champions to make 16 teams. These additional five teams will be added from a consensus Top 25 list of the two major polls. The top five teams not already in the Championship Series would be picked from this list.
ACC – Florida State
Big East – Miami
Big Ten – Ohio State
Big 12 – Oklahoma
C-USA – TCU
MAC – Marshall
Mountain West – Colorado State
Pac 10 – Washington State
SEC – Georgia
Sun Belt – North Texas
WAC – Boise State
Add to that list of conference champions these 5 at large teams.
This forms the 16 teams that would compete in a tournament for the National Championship for 2002-03 season. After the teams are named for the Championship game, they are then seeded according to their rankings in the two major polls, AP and USA Today UPI. We are now ready to seed the teams and form the bracket. This is the bracket for the past season if we had a championship tournament last season.
Next on the agenda is to select the sites of the bowl games. These sites will be determined by the total purse that they pay. For instance, the 4 highest purses will host the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. These four top bowls will rotate each year and will have a National Championship every 4th year. As follows:
Fiesta - semi semi finals quarter
Orange - semi finals quarter semi
Rose - quarter semi semi finals
Sugar - finals quarter semi semi
The following is the determination for the bowls during the playoff series:
Finals - Sugar
Semi - Fiesta
Semi - Orange
Quarter - Rose
Quarter – Cotton
Quarter - Capital One
Quarter - Holiday
1st round -
Gator - K. State vs. Michigan
Independence - Oklahoma vs. Boise State
Alamo - Iowa vs. Notre Dame
Seattle - Washington St. vs. Florida St.
Sun - USC vs, TCU
Liberty - Ohio State vs. Marshall
Peach - Georgia vs. Colorado St.
Outback - Miami vs. North Texas
This format leaves out some bowls, but don't start jumping to conclusions. These bowls will continue to schedule games and could prosper in this format because they will have enhanced dates and times which could make these bowls more attractive than ever. Also, every two years these bowls are reviewed for a challenge to move into the Championship Bowl series, again depending on the purse. These bowls are:
Any playoff system will be subjected to opinions and special interests. Our interest in this proposal is to create an exciting playoff system that does not preclude any of the existing Division 1 teams in America. Remember that country where anyone has an opportunity to compete and better themselves?
Beartrap & maddog