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What If There Was A College Football Playoff?
Miami's Andre Johnson & Jeremy Shockey
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CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 16, 2009


With all the excitement and fun around March Madness, it seems crazy to not have a college football playoff. What should it be? What might have happened if there was one in place when the BCS started? Check out CFN's December Madness with a playoff format for the last several years ... and even projecting ahead for this season.

What If There Was A Playoff?

Looking at what might have happened over the years

By Pete Fiutak 

What If There Was A Playoff ...
CFN Playoff Explanation | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
- 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 

With all the excitement surrounding March Madness, office pools, and people filling out their brackets despite being unable to name two college basketball players, just imagine how amazing a college football playoff would be.

Forget the hoops 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 so, while providing the solution everyone wants (outside of the college presidents and 99% of the coaches). Here’s the plan …

Take the six BCS conference champions and give them automatic bids. Take the highest ranked non-BCS team (Notre Dame included), and give it an automatic bid. The eighth and final slot would be a Wild Card going 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. There would be four sites for the first round: Miami (for the top SEC, ACC or Big East teams), Dallas (for the top Big 12 or SEC teams), Phoenix (for the Pac 10) and Indianapolis (for the top Big Ten or Big East teams).
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 fans can get there as easily as possible.

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 with an eight team playoff.

So what would’ve likely happened had the CFN system been in place since the BCS was in place in 1998? Here’s the best guess with the seedings and the results.

What If There Was A Playoff ...
CFN Playoff Explanation | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
- 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998