Doug Franz College Football Power Poll: Week 2
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, except one. I can't argue against 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) TCU @ 1) LSU
15) Cincinnati @ 2) Alabama
14) Penn St @ 3) Oklahoma St
13) Hou @ 4) Boise St
12) Va Tech @ 5) Clemson
11) Mich St @ 6) Stanford 10) Arkansas @ 7) Oregon
9) Oklahoma @ 8) Kansas St
Oregon went from traveling in the 7 v 10 game to hosting it.
2 conference games for in the DFCFP. Clemson won by 20 @ Va Tech. Oklahoma and K-State hasn't played yet but will Saturday in Manhattan at 12:30.
The best high school players come from Florida, Texas, California and Ohio. The DFCFP has no teams from OH or FL and it's the non-traditional TCU, SMU and Stanford representing Texas and California.
Rutgers lost this week so they get replaced by Cincinnati at the top of the Big East.
Right now, TCU has a better conference record than Boise State so they get the automatic bid. Boise St is off this week and is home against TCU on 11/12 after a road game against UNLV.
Anyone want to see Oklahoma @LSU in the second round or maybe Chip Kelly's offense against a Nick Saban defense?
The Michigan State/Wisconsin game knocked Wisconsin out of the playoff and put Michigan State in the playoff.
So happy JoePa makes the tournament.
By ranking every team 1-120, you get a true representation of the best conference by 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 2 of the BCS and the average BCS rank of the teams in the conference.
1) Big 12: 27.6
2) SEC: 35.25
3) Big 10: 48
3) ACC: 51.75
5) Big East: 52.86
4) PAC-12: 53.67
7) C-USA: 71.08
5) Mtn West: 73.38
9) MAC: 82.46
6) Sun Belt: 87.22
11) WAC: 89.88
I've been doing this playoff for 11 years. No has ever averaged under 30 in the conference rankings. Through all the crap that's occurred in the Big 12, the conference is stacked. Three teams in the top 11, 6 in the top 25 and Kansas is last but only in 64th place.
Arizona went from 103rd to 79th with one win.
In the 11 years of the DFCFP, C-USA has never made the top 8.
All MAC and C-USA teams should be rooting for BYU this week. If the Cougs beat TCU that would hurt the Mountain West and strengthen C-USA's spot at 7. Although the MAC wouldn't pass the Mountain West, the gap would be significantly smaller. This game is what makes the DFCFP so great. Every regular season game could mean the difference between playoff inclusion for your conference champion and your team staying home.
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 LSU to New Mexico)
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.
1) Oklahoma State
3) Penn St
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.
2) Boise State
4) Kansas State
7) Michigan State
8) Va Tech
6) Rank the 16 teams based on BCS rank with no regard to status as an automatic qualifier or wild-card entry. The tournament would follow a bracket format. Although re-seeding would be a better way to reward the regular season, nothing is better than filling out a basketball bracket and I want that momentum and attention on college football.
7) First two rounds are at the home of the better seed.
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 Nebraska v South Carolina.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Nebraska 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.
Feel free to ask me any questions or give me your opinions and I'll put it in the mailbag: firstname.lastname@example.org