Doug Franz College Football Power Poll: Week 4
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) Oklahoma St
14) Kansas St @ 3) Alabama
13) So Carolina @ 4) Stanford
12) Penn St @ 5) Boise St
11) Houston @ 6) Oklahoma
10) Va Tech @ 7) Oregon
9) Clemson @ 8) Arkansas
The game of the century was this weekend with LSU @ Alabama. If you think the playoff diminishes that game, you've never been to an SEC game before.
Michigan State made the playoff two weeks ago for the first time with their win over Wisconsin. Michigan State got knocked out last week with their loss to Nebraska and the Huskers went in. Now, with Northwestern's upset of Nebraska, the Big 10 loses the spot entirely as K-State moves into the playoff.
Three weeks ago Oregon was traveling in the 7 v 10 game. Two weeks ago they hosted it. Since Washington State is so bad, beating them dropped Oregon to barely holding on to a home game as the 8 seed. This week's win over an above average Washington team gets Oregon back into the 7 spot but barely over Arkansas.
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, Houston and Stanford representing Texas and California.
The SEC West as a division has three teams in the tourney. Not one conference has more than two.
Right now, TCU has a better conference record than Boise State so they get the automatic bid. Boise St and TCU meet next weekend in Boise. This is good news for Kansas State who got knocked out of the playoff by losing to Oklahoma but would be back in the playoff if the Mtn. West only had one bid.
How's this for a second round game: Oklahoma @ Alabama. The Ole' ball coach has to take a warm weather team up to Stanford in December.
In the second round we get to see how Andrew Luck handles the noise of Death Valley at night with 95,000 drunk Tiger fans.
Boise State has earned the right to host a game against an iconic college football program like Penn State.
The Broncos take on TCU on Saturday. This game will hurt the Mountain West because after the BSU win, TCU will be knocked out of the playoff.
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: 27.5
2) SEC: 34.92
3) Big 10: 47
4) ACC: 50.42
5) Big East: 52.63
6) PAC-12: 54.42
7) C-USA: 65.21
8) Mtn West: 72.88
9) MAC: 84.08
10) Sun Belt: 87.89
11) WAC: 91.63
Through all the crap that's occurred in the Big 12, the conference is stacked. Three teams in the top 14, 4 in the top 16 and Kansas is last but only in 69th place. If the Pac-12 dumped Colorado (110) and Oregon State (100), the conference would jump ahead of the Big 10 and be the third best conference in the country.
In the 11 years of the DFCFP, C-USA has never made the top 8.
The Ohio win over Temple actually hurt the MAC's chances of catching the Mountain West for the 8th spot because Temple was the highest rated team. Temple took a hard fall but Ohio didn't advance much.
Want proof every game matters in the DFCFP? If Rice would upset Northwestern, it locks in Conference USA's champion into the playoff for the first time in conference history. I'm not arguing you should stop what you're doing to watch Rice/Northwestern but don't tell me a playoff takes away from the regular season when this playoff makes every game important.
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
6) Va Tech
7) South Carolina
8) Kansas State
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 Georgia v Texas.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Georgia v Texas 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 A&M 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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