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How Would The New Playoff Have Worked?

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Posted Aug 17, 2013


If the new committee system playoff of next year was in place instead of the BCS, what would've happened?


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Let’s say there was some sort of a committee in place since 1998 instead of the BCS. Or, to be more specific, what if there was a BCS system in place to rank teams along with a committee to seed the top four teams accordingly, like the plan that's going into effect after this season?

Would this have worked? Would this have held up? Does this newly proposed system stand up to the historical best guesses, and where would there be fewer headaches and controversies? Here’s a quick look at how the playoffs likely would have been under a committee and seeding system, taking into account that a premium likely would've been put on conference champions to get in.

1998

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Tennessee. 2. Florida State, 3. Kansas State 4. Ohio State
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Tennessee. 2. Florida State, 3. Ohio State 4. UCLA

There would have been a big fight and a controversy from the start. Kansas State lost in overtime to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game, and there would’ve been a big argument about whether or not it should’ve been a wild-card, but UCLA was also considered a powerhouse and it won the Pac-10 title. No. 9 and 10-1 Wisconsin would’ve been screaming about Ohio State getting in – the two didn’t play and tied for the Big Ten title – and No. 6 Texas A&M would’ve been ticked that it didn’t get in after beating Kansas State. 11-0 and No. 10 Tulane also would’ve been out.

1999

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Florida State. 2. Virginia Tech, 3. Nebraska 4. Alabama
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Florida State. 2. Virginia Tech, 3. Nebraska 4. Alabama

No. 7 and 9-2 Wisconsin won the Big Ten title and would’ve been mad, and No. 6 Kansas State might have wanted a wild-card spot with its only loss coming to Nebraska, but the top four – all conference champs - would’ve been easy.

2000

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Oklahoma. 2. Florida State, 3. Miami 4. Washington
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Oklahoma. 2. Florida State, 3. Miami 4. Washington

There wouldn’t have been any problems with the four conference champions all deserving, and a major controversy would’ve been avoided. Washington beat Miami in the regular season, but the Canes beat Florida State.

2001

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Miami. 2. Nebraska, 3. Colorado 4. Oregon
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Miami. 2. Colorado, 3. Oregon 4. Nebraska

The committee probably wouldn’t have had much of a choice and would’ve put Nebraska in as a wild-card. Miami, Colorado and Oregon would’ve been no-brainers, and the SEC would’ve been out after Tennessee was upset by LSU in the conference championship game, so it would’ve come down to the Huskers, No. 7 Big 12 runner-up Texas, and No. 8 Big Ten champion Illinois. Nebraska, despite being destroyed by Colorado, would’ve been in.

2002

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Miami. 2. Ohio State, 3. Georgia 4. USC
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Miami. 2. Ohio State, 3. Georgia 4. Iowa

Conference champions Miami, Ohio State and Georgia would’ve been obvious, and then the fight would’ve been fierce. USC finished No. 4, but it lost two games and technically should’ve been behind 10-2 Washington State, the No. 6 team that won the head-to-head matchup. Along with the top three teams, 11-1 and No. 5 Iowa was the only one left in the nation without two losses, and since it didn’t play Ohio State, the issue might have been settled in the playoff. However, USC and Wazzu fans would’ve gone crazy about the Hawkeyes losing to Iowa State.

2003

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Oklahoma. 2. LSU, 3. USC 4. Michigan
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. USC. 2. LSU, 3. Oklahoma 4. Michigan

If ever a committee would’ve been needed, it would’ve been this season. Oklahoma finished No. 1 in the BCS, but it lost the Big 12 title game to Kansas State. USC was the No. 1 team according to the humans, but it missed out on playing for the national title after finishing third in the BCS. USC, LSU and Oklahoma all would’ve been in, with Big Ten champ Michigan seeded fourth so it could play USC in the Rose Bowl.

2004

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. USC. 2. Oklahoma, 3. Auburn 4. Texas
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. USC. 2. Oklahoma, 3. Auburn 4. Texas

2004 created the whopper of all BCS controversies with three 12-0 BCS conference champs – USC, OU and Auburn – and unbeaten Utah and Boise State teams not even close. The Utes were No. 6 and the Broncos No. 9 in the final BCS standings, but the big fight would’ve been about No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Cal. Which loss was worse, 10-1 UT’s 12-0 loss to Oklahoma, or 10-1 Cal’s 23-17 loss at USC? Texas, being Texas, had a bit more respect on a national scale, but the Pac-10 would’ve been really, REALLY mad.

2005

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. USC. 2. Texas, 3. Penn State 4. Ohio State
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. USC. 2. Texas, 3. Penn State 4. Oregon

All-timer USC and Texas teams would’ve been obvious, and a one-loss, Big Ten champ Penn State would’ve been a no-brainer. Ohio State might have been No. 4 in the BCS rankings, but it was 10-2 while No. 5 Oregon was 10-1 with the one loss at USC. There would’ve been pressure on the committee to put No. 6, 9-2 Notre Dame in, but the 10-1 Ducks would’ve gotten the No. 4 spot.

2006

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Ohio State. 2. Florida, 3. Michigan 4. LSU
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Ohio State. 2. Florida, 3. Michigan 4. USC

A big problem would’ve been solved with Michigan getting in after its classic close loss to Ohio State in the greatest game – yes, it was – played between the two longtime rivals. Florida would’ve been a sure-thing after going 12-1 and winning the SEC title. It would’ve come down to No. 4, 10-2 LSU or No. 5, 10-2 USC. No. 6, 11-1 Louisville would’ve been ticked after winning the Big East, No. 7, 11-1 Wisconsin would’ve been mad, and No. 8 12-0 Boise State would’ve had a case, but a committee almost certainly would’ve taken USC because it’s USC and, unlike LSU, it won its conference title.

2007

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Ohio State. 2. LSU, 3. Virginia Tech 4. Oklahoma
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Ohio State. 2. LSU, 3. Virginia Tech 4. Oklahoma

The committee wouldn’t have had any problems taking the top four ranked conference champions. No. 10, 12-0 Hawaii wouldn’t have been close.

2008

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Oklahoma. 2. Florida, 3. Texas 4. Alabama
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Oklahoma. 2. Florida, 3. Texas 4. USC

This might have been the ugliest and nastiest of all the controversies. This was the year when Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech all tied for the Big 12 South title, and the No. 7, 11-1 Red Raiders would’ve wanted its shot to settle the argument after it beat Texas but lost to OU. Forget about it. No. 4, 12-1 Alabama would’ve wanted the wild-card shot after losing a classic SEC championship game to Florida; No. 6.and unbeaten Utah would’ve demanded a chance; No. 8, 11-1 Big Ten champion Penn State would’ve made a case; and No. 9 and unbeaten Boise State would’ve wanted to be considered. No. 5, 11-1 USC probably would’ve gotten the call over the Tide because of its Pac-10 title.

2009

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Alabama. 2. Texas, 3. Cincinnati 4. TCU
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Alabama. 2. Texas, 3. Cincinnati 4. TCU

There might have been a bit of a push for No. 5, 12-1 Florida to have gotten in over TCU – there was the Tebow draw for a team that was No. 1 from up until getting pasted by Alabama in the SEC title game – and No. 6, 13-0 Boise State would’ve demanded to be considered, but Alabama, Texas and Cincinnati were all unbeaten and all obvious, and the Horned Frogs were 12-0.

2010

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Auburn. 2. Oregon, 3. TCU 4. Stanford
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Auburn. 2. Oregon, 3. TCU 4. Wisconsin

Auburn, Oregon and TCU were the only three unbeaten teams in America and would’ve all been in without a problem. No. 5, 11-1 Wisconsin was a juggernaut by the end of the season and won the Big Ten title. No way, no how Stanford would’ve made it in over the Badgers - despite the Andrew Luck draw and even with the lone loss coming to Oregon

2011

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. LSU. 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma State 4. Stanford
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. LSU. 2. Oklahoma State. 3. Alabama. 4. Oregon

Forget that Stanford finished fourth in the final BCS rankings; a committee would’ve put in No. 5, Pac-12 champ Oregon in instead. The goal would be to avoid an LSU-Alabama rematch in the first round, so Alabama would’ve been seeded second or third. No. 10, 11-2 Big Ten champion Wisconsin would’ve argued that its two losses came on last-second bombs on the road, and with one of the defeats avenged in the conference title game against Michigan State.

2012

What the BCS final four rankings were: 1. Notre Dame. 2. Alabama, 3. Florida, 4. Oregon
What the seedings likely would've been if selected by a committee: 1. Notre Dame. 2. Alabama, 3. Florida. 4. Stanford

Notre Dame and Alabama would've been no-brainers, and then it would've been a knock down, drag out fight. Here's the problem; did Florida with the SEC? No. Did it win the SEC East? Nope. However, the Gators didn't play Alabama and finished the year second behind Notre Dame according to the BCS computers. No. 5 Kansas State actually won the Big 12 title, but the loss to Baylor was just too ugly. No. 6 Stanford probably would've made the cut over Oregon because it won the head-to-head matchup on the road - as well as the Pac-12 title.