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 2003? Here’s the best
guess with the seedings and the results.
Final BCS Ranking In Parentheses
ACC – Florida State (7)
Big East – Miami (9)
Big Ten – Michigan (4)
Big 12 – Kansas State (10)
Pac 10 – USC (3)
SEC – LSU (2)
Non-BCS – Miami University (11)
Wild Card – Oklahoma (1)
Bubble Busted: Ohio
State (5), Texas (6)
Kansas State’s shocking upset over
Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game killed Ohio State’s chance to get in
as a Wild Card. Texas would’ve been disappointed, but it didn’t have
much of a case to get in.
First Round Matchups
No. 4 Michigan vs.
No. 5 Florida State
No. 2 LSU vs. No. 7 Miami
1 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Miami Univ.
No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 Kansas
Matchup Analysis: The mother of all BCS controversies would’ve easily been settled with a
playoff. USC was No. 1 in the human polls but finished third in the BCS,
while Oklahoma finished third according to the humans and first
according to the computers to end up first in the BCS. LSU came in a
solid second and won the whole the national title, but USC was still
claiming a piece of the championship thanks to the AP.
would’ve had to play a home game in Miami against the Canes, but was
tough enough defensively to have found a way to win; this wasn’t the
Miami team of the previous few years. The Cane defense would’ve kept the
game close, but LSU was the better team. Ben Roethlisberger’s Miami
University team would’ve been the interesting novelty after winning 12
straight games following a 21-3 opening day loss at Iowa. The offense
was unstoppable helped by a line that was more than good enough to have
given Oklahoma’s defensive front problems, but the defense wouldn’t have
been able to stop Jason White and the Sooner attack.
Darren Sproles and
Kansas State might have been the hot team after blasting OU, but USC
wouldn’t have had too many problems. The Wildcats lost to Ohio State in
the Fiesta Bowl. Florida State wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t consistent.
Chris Rix and the offense wouldn’t have been able to keep up with
Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston, Chris Perry and the Michigan O.
Projected Final Four
Bowl – No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Michigan
Sugar Bowl – No. 2 LSU vs.
No. 3 USC
Matchup Analysis: USC would’ve thrived on the road atmosphere. Matt Leinart and the
offense had hung up 43 points or more in each of the final seven regular
season games, and while the schedule wasn’t exactly challenging, the
team really was that good. LSU struggled to put away Oklahoma in the
Sugar Bowl, and it likely would’ve had problems late against the Trojan
pass rush. Matt Mauck wouldn’t have had time to work, and Justin
Vincent, the hero of the Sugar Bowl, wouldn’t have had much room to
move. Oklahoma had put up monster numbers all season long, but it lost
its mojo in the Big 12 title game. The much-maligned John Navarre
would’ve been just good enough to pull off the upset over a Sooner team
that had been exposed.
Projected National Championship:
2 USC vs. No. 4 Michigan
Projected National Champion:
No. 3 USC
Matchup Analysis: USC won a 28-14 battle over the Wolverines in the Rose
Bowl. The Michigan offensive line had a lousy game, but Navarre heated
up just in time to make it interesting.
What If There Was A Playoff ...
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