Doug Franz College Football Playoff - Week 3
The week 3 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) Oregon
15) Hawaii @ 2) Auburn
14) Va Tech @ 3) TCU
13) Stanford @ 4) Boise St
12) Mizzou @ 5) Utah
11) Ohio St @ 6) Alabama
10) LSU @ 7) Nebraska
9) Wisconsin @ 8) Oklahoma
Michigan State losses last weekend and gets knocked out of the playoff.
Don't worry Spartan fans. One of the reasons you're out is Hawaii is in. The WAC has earned an automatic bid as a top 8 conference and Hawaii is 5-0 in the conference. They travel to Boise St this weekend. Once that loss goes on their record, another spot will be opened for a wild card team.
Mizzou went from a home team against an Ohio State University to traveling to Utah.
Tell me this playoff game wouldn't be huge: Wisconsin @Oklahoma with the winner going to Oregon. The power of Wisconsin v Oregon's speed.
It might be a little warm for a sweater vest in Tuscaloosa.
What a great showcase for the west coast! Stanford @ BSU. If Auburn and LSU wins, they would play twice. I think that's a great thing.
I can't believe how far some heavyweights have fallen. UGA=61; Tenn=77.
TCU and Utah meet this weekend to ensure the MWC championship bid. This playoff still ensures the regular season is still the most important thing. Win this regular season game and you've basically guaranteed a playoff spot. Lose, and you're fighting for a wild card bid the rest of the year.
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: 32.42
2) Pac-10: 38.6
3) SEC: 38.83
4) Big 10: 41.82
5) ACC: 56.17
6) MWC: 59.56
7) WAC: 65.44
8) Big East: 66.88
9) C-USA: 76.25
10) MAC: 89.54
11) Sun Belt: 105.22
I never imagined the SEC wouldn't be number one. The fact that it's number 3 is shocking.
The ACC was in the low 40's last week. Another conference loss to a D2 school (this time UNC) really hurt the conference.
Why does the Big East have an automatic bid into the BCS? They are the 8th best conference by the very formula used to rank the top 2 teams.
The SEC West alone would come in at a 20.67 rank. It's amazing that the average team in any one division is a top 25 team in BCS rank. As a point of reference, the highest ranked team in the ACC is Va Tech (23) and Syracuse tops the Big East (44).
Speaking of Syracuse, only the Sun Belt and MAC have their number one team ranked lower than the Big East's number one team.
76.25 is the lowest I've ever seen C-USA.
One game to keep an eye on for the BCS and not the DFCFP is Chattanooga @ Auburn. This game will affect Auburn's seed in the DFCFP but the real effect is on the BCS. Chattanooga will bring down Auburn's ranking and place the winner of TCU/Utah in the 2 spot. Don't worry when it happens though. The winner of the Iron Bowl is still going to Glendale unless LSU does something.
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.
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