Doug Franz College Football Playoff - Week 5
The week 5 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) Va Tech @ 2) Auburn
14) Oklahoma @ 3) TCU
13) Arkansas @ 4) Boise St
12) Michigan St @ 5) LSU
11) Alabama @ 6) Stanford
10) Oklahoma St @ 7) Wisconsin
9) Ohio St @ 8) Nebraska
4 teams from the SEC West make the DFCFP while no other entire conference puts in more than 3.
Michigan State losses two weeks ago and gets knocked out of the playoff. By virtue of tie breaker with Wisconsin, Spartans are in as Big 10 Champ and Wisconsin takes a wild card spot.
Two weeks ago LSU was @ Utah, now Utah is out and LSU hosts the Big 10 Champ.
Alabama was hosting the 6/11 game two weeks ago, now they travel to Stanford to play in it.
Mizzou went from a home team against an Ohio State University to traveling to Utah to out of the playoff. Mizzou has the main beef with the playoff as they're left out for #60 Pittsburgh to get in as the Big East champ. I understand someone could say that's what is wrong with my playoff that I'm bumping the #15 for the #60. I want to make conference championships worth something so Pitt gets in as the Big East Champ. However, I don't want teams just to get into a conference that's easy just to get the pay day of making the playoff so only the top 8 conferences get to send their champ.
Conference bragging rights are on the line: Oklahoma St @ Wisconsin & Ohio State @ Nebraska.
For years northern teams have complained how southern teams could never handle traveling north so how would Arkansas handle December in Boise?
Only in the DFCFP could you ever get Oklahoma to go to TCU.
Could have a rematch of last year's Rose Bowl in the second round.
Wisconsin has a great D-Line but could they handle Cam Newton on the plains in round 2?
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: 36.5
2) SEC: 38.5
3) Pac-10: 41.5
4) Big 10: 41.55
5) ACC: 55.25
6) MWC: 59.75
7) Big East: 61
8) WAC: 62.78
9) C-USA: 79.92
10) MAC: 90.23
11) Sun Belt: 106.11
I never imagined the SEC wouldn't be number one.
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?
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 Big East is West Virginia (43).
79.92 is the lowest I've ever seen C-USA.
Watch out for Friday as Fresno takes on Boise. Boise should win but it's finally a test. If Boise wins but the game is very physical it might help Nevada pull off the upset next weekend.
Winner of Ohio State @ Iowa is in the playoff for good.
Right now Va Tech is in as a conference champ and not as a wild card. Hokies are out if they lose to Miami and the ‘Canes are in.
Sun Belt is @ Navy and @ Texas. Best chance in the history of the DFCFP to pass the MAC for the bottom.
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 Oregon 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 Mizzou v South Carolina in Glendale.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Mizzou v South Carolina 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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