Doug Franz College Football Power Poll: Week 5
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) Cincinnati @ 1) LSU
15) TCU @ 2) Oklahoma St
14) Michigan State @ 3) Alabama
13) Kansas St @ 4) Oregon
12) So Carolina @ 5) Oklahoma
11) Houston @ 6) Arkansas
10) Boise St @ 7) Clemson
9) Stanford @ 8) Va Tech
TCU's huge win over Boise gets the Frogs off the 1 line and gives them an easier trip to Stillwater instead of a thrashing in Baton Rouge.
The game moves Boise from a comfortable home game against Penn State to now travelling across the country to Clemson.
Michigan State made the playoff 3 weeks ago for the first time with their win over Wisconsin. Michigan State got knocked out 2 weeks ago with their loss to Nebraska and the Huskers went in. Last week, with Northwestern's upset of Nebraska, the Big 10 lost their wild card spot as K- State moved into the playoff. Now, it comes full circle as Michigan State is back in as the Big 10 champ.
Kansas State only moved up one spot. Of course moving from a trip to Tuscaloosa to a game in Eugene is much easier for the Wildcats.
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.
Speaking of Stanford, the Cardinal went from hosting a weak 13 seed to having the furthest distance to travel of any team in the DFCFP. Palo Alto to Blacksburg = 2690 mi.
The SEC West as a division has three teams in the tourney.
How's this for a second round game: Oklahoma @ Oregon. I wonder if Mike Stoops would help the Sooners? I wonder if it would help? Of course, the Sooners would have to get past the Ole' ball coach first.
In the second round we could see how Andrew Luck handles the noise of Death Valley at night with 95,000 drunk Tiger fans, assuming Stanford upsets Va Tech.
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: 29.6
2) SEC: 33.17
3) Big 10: 46.75
4) ACC: 51.75
5) Big East: 54.5
6) PAC-12: 54.67
7) Mtn West: 70.25
8) C-USA: 71.83
9) MAC: 81.23
10) Sun Belt: 87.89
11) WAC: 89.5
Through all the crap that's occurred in the Big 12, the conference is stacked. Three teams in the top 13, 5 in the top 25 and Kansas is last but only in 73rd place.
In the 11 years of the DFCFP, C-USA has never made the top 8.
C-USA took a beating in the latest conference rankings. My dream as an Ohio Bobcat fan is the day comes in which the MAC earns a bid into the DFCFP. It's never happened but we're getting close.
Want proof every game matters in the DFCFP? Huge weekend for the ACC with BC at ND and Miami at South Florida. If the home teams win both of those games, the ACC goes from the 4th best conference to the 6th and moves closer to the scary zone of 7th and 8th.
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 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.
WEEK 54) 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.
1) Oklahoma State
3) Michigan St
5) Select 8 wild-card teams based on BCS rank excluding those already selected with an automatic bid.
WILDCARDS6) 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.
4) Va Tech
6) Boise State
7) South Carolina
8) Kansas State
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 Nebraska.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Georgia v Nebraska 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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