Doug Franz College Football Playoff - Week 2
Originally published: Oct 26, 2010 - 4:30 pm
The week 2 standings are out for the BCS.
In case you don't know from the things I've said on air. I want a playoff in college football but I don't have a problem with the BCS formula. I just don't want it used to narrow the field from 120 to 2.
I have yet to hear any "pro current system" argument that I can't destroy on logical grounds. Of course there's one argument I can't beat and that is anyone saying they like the current system and they don't want it changed. Other than that, I'm still waiting for someone to convince me to give up my dream for a college football playoff.
I put before you the Doug Franz College Football Playoff. Every week the BCS rankings will change, therefore changing the teams making the playoff. Check in each week and see how things have changed. At the end of the season, it's up to you to pick the winners of each game and set in motion the championship challenge.
If you want an explanation for the way my formula works, check the bottom of the blog.
Here's the playoff pairings if the regular season ended today.
16) Pitt @ 1) Auburn
15) Florida St @ 2) Oregon
14) Nebraska @ 3) Boise St
13) Stanford @ 4) TCU
12) LSU @ 5) Michigan St
11) Ohio St @ 6) Mizzou
10) Wisconsin @ 7) Alabama
9) Oklahoma @ 8) Utah
LSU went from a home playoff game last week to needing to travel to Michigan State in December weather.
With LSU's loss, Utah benefits going from a road game in Tuscaloosa to playing an over-rated Oklahoma at home.
Mizzou went from the road team in the 6v11 game to the home team against an Ohio State University.
Tell me this playoff game wouldn't be huge: Wisconsin/Alabama @ Oregon. That's a second round game. The power of Wisconsin v Oregon's speed or Saban's defense against Kelly's offense is what college football is all about.
I can't believe how far some heavyweights have fallen. UGa=60; Tenn=79; Penn St. 51.
I never thought I'd put together a 16-team playoff with Florida, Texas, and USC all uninvited.
By ranking every team, you get a true representation of the best conference by simply taking the average BCS rank of every team in the conference. This playoff system makes every college football game in the country vital because it rewards teams and conferences alike.
Here's the ranking of the conferences after week 6 of the BCS and the average BCS rank of the teams in the conference.
1) Big 12: 31.92
2) Pac-10: 37
3) SEC: 39.83
4) Big 10: 41.55
5) ACC: 47.75
6) Big East: 59.5
7) MWC: 59.67
8) WAC: 64.44
9) C-USA: 77.75
10) MAC: 90.85
11) Sun Belt: 104.11
I never imagined the SEC wouldn't be number one. The fact that it's number 3 is shocking.
The Big East and ACC skyrocketed. They were 7th and 8th last week and they jump up this week to a less embarrassing position. I think Syracuse's win really helps because it's the bad teams that really drag down ranking more than a high ranking brings it up.
The SEC West alone would come in at a 21.5 rank. It's amazing that the average team in any one division is a top 25 team in BCS rank.
The Sun Belt has been in last place for the 9 years I've been doing the DFCFP. They could get out of the cellar if ULF wins @ Ohio (go Bobcats).
77.75 is the lowest I've ever seen C-USA. A Tulsa win @ ND is a must to improve that number.
The ACC could really embarrass itself this weekend. Duke is @ Navy and UNC hosts William & Mary.
The magic of the DFCFP is how it highlights the regular season more than any other system. Here's the process for coming up with the teams for the playoff.
1) Rank all D-1 (FBS) teams 1-120 (from Auburn to Akron).
2) Rank all the conferences 1-11 based on the average BCS rank of the teams in the conference.
3) Reward the first place team in the top 8 conferences with an automatic bid.
4) Independents—this means you Notre Dame—get no special treatment. If you're not in a conference, earn a wild card bid or join a conference.
5) Select 8 wild-card teams based on BCS rank excluding those already selected with an automatic bid.
6) Rank the 16 teams based on BCS rank with no regard to status as an automatic qualifier or wild-card entry.
7) First two rounds are at the home of the better seed. This benefits Northern teams so the South would have to play in the elements.
8) Final Four and Championship game are played at a rotation among Fiesta, Cotton, Sugar, Rose.
I'm aware that after the first two rounds there are three games left at neutral sites with four bowl game hosts. This is leverage in case the Rose wants to stick to tradition. If they duck out I've got three games and three bowls. If the Rose does want to stay involved, there would be a new bowl game created for the two teams that just missed out on the playoff. This week would be Arizona v Oklahoma State in Glendale.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Arizona v Oklahoma State is still a great college football game with great fans. We wouldn't have 35 bowl games anymore—sorry Pinstripe Bowl—but some of the big ones with tradition don't have to go anywhere. If you're an ASU fan are you saying you wouldn't go watch the Devils against Texas in a Holiday Bowl just because it wasn't in the playoff? You'd still get the benefit of extra practices to prepare for your bowl game. Players would still get to enjoy the goodies they receive for participating. As for the fans, we get a real champion.
Feel free to ask me any questions or give me your opinions and I'll put it in the mailbag: email@example.com