2005 has proven to be the rare instance in college football where exactly two teams finished the regular season undefeated. To most observers, the Rose Bowl match between Texas and Southern California is not only the only logical bout for the national championship, it is already being considered the best post-season championship game in decades.
Maybe those two statements are true, but there is no guarantee that one or both of these teams might have stumbled playing Georgia's or Penn State's schedule, and who is to say that Georgia or Penn State might have also gone 12-0 with either Texas's or USC's schedule?
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2005 has proven to be the rare instance in college football where exactly
two teams finished the regular season undefeated.To most observers, the Rose Bowl
match between Texas and Southern
California is not only the only logical bout for the national
championship, it is already being considered the best post-season championship
game in decades.Maybe those
two statements are true, but there is no guarantee that one or both of these
teams might have stumbled playing Georgia's or Penn State's schedule, and who is
to say that Georgia or Penn State might have also gone 12-0 with either Texas's
or USC's schedule?
It doesn't work this way every year.Auburn
and Utah felt
slighted last year. The Utes would have had a chance to prove themselves in a
playoff, while Auburn more than likely would have
packing in the semifinals.
Southern Cal was better than both Oklahoma and LSU in 2003.In 2002, Southern Cal and Georgia were
both better than OhioState and Miami; a playoff would have proven that.In 2001, Oregon was the clear-cut second best team to Miami, and they would have cleaned Nebraska's clock in a
semi-final match (if the Cornhuskers would have made it that far).In 2000, Miami and Washington were both better than the
FloridaState team that played Oklahoma for the title.In 1999, Nebraska was better than Virginia Tech and would have
beaten the Hokies in the semifinals and FloridaState in the title game.In 1998, OhioState
was better than Tennessee and FloridaState and would have won the title in a
With the number of bowl games approaching 30, most of them are
meaningless except to the fans of the participants.Are you really excited about the
Southern Mississippi and ArkansasState game fast approaching?How about Kansas and Houston,
Virginia and Minnesota, or Toledo and UTEP?What good is there for a 6-5 team
that was outscored in the regular season against mediocre competition to play in
a post-season bowl?Back in 1973,
10-0-1 and couldn't go to a bowl.In 1969, LSU went 9-1 and didn't get an invitation (thanks to Notre Dame
stealing it at the eleventh hour).
Neither the 6-5 team nor Michigan and LSU deserved their fates.So, what would be better? At the least, the old method was
better for the fans than the current method.Let's look at how the bowls might have
played out under the pre-BCS days.
Sugar Bowl: Georgia
10-2 vs. OhioState
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame 9-2 vs. Oregon 10-1
Rose Bowl: Southern California 12-0 vs. PennState 10-1
Orange Bowl: Texas 12-0 vs. West Virginia
Three of the four bowls would have possibly had national title
implications, as Oregon could have played their
way into contention with a blowout of Notre Dame, while PennState
Virginia narrowly won.If Texas and USC both won, then there would have
been a split poll.We know this
reversion will never happen.
Obviously, a legitimate national championship playoff is what the public
wants and what the bowls might eventually figure out they need.Here is the PiRate Playoff System in a
First, we will take the six BCS conferences and award an automatic bid to
their regular season champions.The ACC, SEC, and Big 12 can continue to crown their champ in a
post-season game, while the Big 10, Pac-10, and Big East send their regular
season champ (with the option of playing off a two-way
Next, we will take the remaining five conferences plus the Independents
and give an at-large invitation to any champion or top-rated Indy that finished
in the top 20 of the BCS rankings.
Finally, we will extend as many at-large invitations to the highest
remaining BCS-rated teams until 12 teams have been invited.
Let's look at how that would play out this
The six BCS leagues would receive these automatic
*BCS ranking in parentheses*
Big 10—Penn State (3)
Big 12—Texas (2)
Now, we look at the remaining conferences and independents to see which
Since two of these six qualify and join the automatic six, there are four
more teams to pick.
We now select the four highest BCS-rated teams that have not earned an
So, now we have the 12 teams that will be participating in the 2005-06
NCAA National Championship—the Deluxe Dozen if you will.
Now, using the BCS ratings, we will seed these teams.Numbers five through 12 will have to
play in the first round, while the top four will get byes to the quarterfinals.
Where would these games be played?Here's where we not only keep the bowl officials happy, we increase their
payday.For 12 teams to play
for a title, it will take 11 games.We will play these games at the top 11 bowls (those with the highest
In the opening round, games will be played in the Sun, Alamo, Holiday, and Peach Bowls.In the quarterfinals, games will be
played in the Cotton, Capital One, Outback, and Sugar Bowls.The semifinal games will be played
at the Fiesta and Orange Bowls, and this year's College Colossal will
take place at the Rose Bowl.
The remaining 17 bowls will pick the 34 best teams available.What this does is eliminate 10 of the
weak teams that do not belong in bowl games in the first place.For instance, instead of
Virginia-Minnesota in the Music City Bowl, under this system, Alabama might have faced Michigan.I dare say more tickets would have been
Let's take a look at the pairing for the 2005-06 NCAA Deluxe Dozen,
(These games would have been played December 9 &
#5 Oregon 10-1 vs. #12 Florida State 8-4 @ Sun
#7 Georgia 10-2 vs.
Virginia 10-1 @ Alamo
#8 Miami 9-2 vs. #9 Auburn 9-2 @ Peach
(These games would be played December 16 &
#1 Southern California vs. Peach Bowl
Winner @ Cotton Bowl
#2 Texas 12-0 vs. Alamo Bowl winner @ Capital One
#3 PennState 10-1 vs. Holiday Bowl
winner @ Outback Bowl
#4 OhioState 9-2 vs. Sun Bowl
winner @ Sugar Bowl
(These games would be played January 2)
Cotton Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner @ Fiesta
Capital One Bowl winner vs. Outback Bowl winner @ Orange
(This game to be played January 14)
Fiesta Bowl winner vs. Orange Bowl winner @ Rose
Here's how the PiRate Ratings say this playoff would have turned
Dame 38TCU 28
24West Virginia 16
24Miami 21 ot
Cal 34Auburn 17
Dame 35PennState 31 ot
OhioState 30Oregon 21
Cal 42OhioState 27
44Notre Dame 28
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 41TEXAS
the same two teams would have made it to the Rose Bowl this year as the current
formula according to the Pirate ratings.At least, these two teams would have proven they belonged here.Most years, another team or two teams
would emerge to play for the title, because they really were better than the top
would have won in 1998, Nebraska would have won
in 1999, Oklahoma would have still won in 2000,
but they would have defeated Washington or Miami.Miami and Oregon would have played a memorable game in
2001.Southern Cal and Carson Palmer would have beaten either Miami or
OhioState in 2002.Southern Cal would have repeated by
beating Oklahoma or LSU in 2003, and Southern
Cal would have three-peated last year by beating Auburn.The Trojans would be going for a four-peat this year, and that would have
fueled the excitement to no end.