If There Was A Playoff ...
What If There Was A Playoff ...
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It's that time of year ... the second guessing season.
What might happen if Oklahoma State got its shot?
How would TCU have done if it got its shot at Auburn at the end of the 2010 season? How about if Boise State got a chance at Alabama in 2009 or if several other BCS fiascos were decided on the field?.
Forget basketball's gimmicky
post-season, where a seventh best team in
a conference gets a shot to play for the
national title, rendering the regular
season relatively meaningless. CFN has
created the best of all possible worlds
for a playoff to make sure the regular
season still holds the weight it does
now, if not more, while providing the
solution everyone wants (outside of Bill
college presidents, the yellow-jacket
bowl kids, and 99% of the
coaches). Here’s the plan …
the six BCS conference champions and
give them automatic bids. Take the
highest ranked non-BCS league champion (Notre Dame
included), and give it an automatic bid.
The eighth and final slot would be a
Wild Card, which would go to the top ranked team
in the BCS that isn’t already in.
We’d have to keep this in the land of the real with
the geographic and economic concerns in mind by
rewarding the top four teams with a first round home
game - fan bases aren't going to travel to three
neutral field sites if their team goes to the
The seeds wouldn’t
necessarily go according to BCS ranking,
again, with the idea to put teams close
to the right region to make sure the
opposing fans can get there as easily as
The Final Four games
would be held in Pasadena and New
Orleans, and the national title would
rotate sites like it does now. Meanwhile
the rest of the bowl system would be
kept in place. If you watched the
Liberty Bowl before, you’d still watch
it if there's an eight team playoff.
what would’ve likely happened had the
CFN system been in place since the BCS
was in place in 2001? Here’s the best
guess with the seedings and the results.
Final BCS Ranking In Parentheses
ACC – Maryland (10)
Big East – Miami (1)
Big Ten – Illinois (8)
Big 12 – Colorado (3)
Pac 10 – Oregon (4)
SEC – LSU (13)
Non-BCS – BYU (NR)
Wild Card – Nebraska (2)
Bubble Busted: Florida (5), Tennessee (6), Texas (7)
There would’ve been a lot
of complaining about the automatic spot for the non-BCS team. There
wasn’t a clear-cut team that would’ve deserved the bid considering few
were buying into a 12-1 BYU squad that built up a 12-0 record by beating
no one, and then was exposed in a 72-45 loss to Hawaii. Louisville might
have been the choice after going 10-2, but it didn’t beat anyone of note
until a Liberty Bowl victory over BYU. With Colorado winning the Big 12
title game and Nebraska finishing No. 2 in the BCS rankings, Texas was
knocked out. Tennessee had a shot to play for the national title there
for the taking, but in a playoff format like this, would’ve been knocked
out after being stunned by LSU. Florida lost its shot with a home loss
First Round Matchups
No. 3 Colorado vs.
No. 6 Illinois
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8 BYU
Nebraska vs. No. 7 Maryland
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 LSU
Matchup Analysis: Colorado
might have struggled in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Oregon, but it was on a
roll late in the year with an opportunistic defense and Chris Brown
leading a devastating running game. Illinois had a high-powered passing
attack, but Kurt Kittner and Brandon Lloyd wouldn’t have been enough to
get the win. Miami would’ve beaten BYU by 50 at home. Maryland was the
upstart team of 2001, but on the big stage against a Nebraska team that
was still good, despite the ugly loss to Colorado, this wouldn’t have
been close. The Oregon vs. LSU matchup would’ve been interesting. Rohan
Davey, Josh Reed and the LSU passing game would’ve given the Duck
secondary fits, but Oregon proved it could come up big in Phoenix with
the Fiesta Bowl win over Colorado. Joey Harrington would’ve been along
for the ride as the Duck running game would’ve shown surprising power on
the way to the Final Four.
Projected Final Four
Bowl – No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Colorado
Sugar Bowl – No. 1 Miami vs.
No. 4 Oregon
Matchup Analysis: Oregon was good with a quick strike offense and enough
speed to keep it close, but Miami had too much talent on defense and too
much firepower on offense to blow it. The Canes played eight teams that
finished with winning records and allowed 117 points all year. The
Nebraska vs. Colorado showdown would’ve been fascinating. The Buffs got
the Huskers once, but the guess is that it wouldn’t happen again. Again,
Nebraska, led by Heisman winner Eric Crouch, really was good. There was
a reason the Huskers finished the year No. 2 in the BCS.
Projected National Championship:
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 2 Nebraska
Projected National Champion:
No. 1 Miami
Matchup Analysis: The 2002 Rose Bowl:
Miami 37 – Nebraska 14. And it wasn’t even that close.
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