Updated Nov 19, 2012 - 3:35 pm
Doug Franz College Football Playoff - Week 6
In case you don't know from the things I've said on air. I hate the BCS but I don't have a problem with the BCS formula. I just don't want it used to narrow the field from 124 to 2.
Although I'm thrilled we will have a 4-team playoff soon. I've always wanted a 16 team playoff. I'm not being greedy because the new system will be so much better than the BCS. I just want to implement some of the greatness of March Madness while rewarding conference champions.
I put before you the Doug Franz College Football Playoff. The "DFCFP" makes every non-conference game vital to each conference because each game determines conference strength. Conference strength determines conference rank versus the other conferences. The DFCFP improves on the NCAA basketball tournament because teams don't get in the playoff just by winning their conference. They have to win one of the conferences ranked in the top 8 (as opposed to the NCAA basketball tournament where every conference champion is in).
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) Utah State @ 1) Notre Dame
15) Kent State @ 2) Alabama
14) Rutgers @ 3) Georgia
13) Nebraska @ 4) Florida
12) South Carolina @ 5) Oregon
11) Clemson @ 6) Kansas St
10) FSU @ 7) LSU
9) Texas A& M @ 8) Stanford
Obviously, the current system proponents try to say a playoff destroys the integrity of the regular season. Not true it enhances it. How did Alabama's loss to LSU in 2011 hurt them last year? It didn't. In the DFCFP, Alabama goes from playing the WAC champion to hosting a top 25 team.
The SEC has six teams in the DFCFP. No other conference has more than two.
I love the Nebraska road trip. The best fans in college football trying to buy tickets in the Swamp would be classic.
The irony of the ol' ball Coach, who shook up the SEC by throwing the ball everywhere 25 years ago, coaching against the newest young innovator in Chip Kelly is the story of the first round.
If Oregon wins, they'd have to go to Spurrier's alma mater.
Since I'll never get sick of LSU/Bama, we get that match-up again in the second round.
By ranking every team 1-124, 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 1 of the BCS and the average BCS rank of the teams in the conference.
1) SEC: 36
2) Big 12: 37
3) Pac-12: 45.59
4) Big 10: 48.25
5) Big East: 60.25
6) ACC: 64.17
7) WAC: 76.43
8) MAC: 77.62
9) Sun Belt: 77.7
10) MWC: 82.1
11) C-USA: 93.5
The money line is being one of the top eight conferences (explanation below). The pressure on every team in conferences 7-10 is intense because every game could determine if your conference champion gets in the playoff.
At this point in the season, one non-conference win by any team in the conference could move your champion into the playoff.
The gap between the 8th and 9th conference is only 0.08 points. Meaning Kent State as the MAC champion is in and the Sun Belt champ is out. The MAC has specialized in Big 10 upsets this year. Take one of those away and Arkansas State is in the DFCFP.
The Mountain West and Sun Belt are right on the heels of the MAC. Boise State is ranked higher than Kent State but the overall rating of the teams in the MAC keeps their champ in the playoff. The big difference is the MAC has 3 teams ranked 100-124 while the Mountain West has 5, proving it's a harder conference to win.
The WAC would be talking so much trash if this truly worked out. Not only did a faction of teams breakaway from the WAC to form the Mountain West in the first place, but also Boise State and Nevada just left the WAC for the MWC with the goal of having better access to the post-season. If Boise State would have stayed, they'd be in but now their new conference drags them down.
Is Kansas slightly over matched? The Big 12 is impressive but it could be so much more. The 9th best team in the conference is WVU at #50. The conference falls off a cliff to get to its tenth team as KU is #101. If it wasn't for KU, the average Big 12 team would be in the Top 30.
The Pac-12 used to have an average in the 50's. This year it's a tougher conference than the Big 10.
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 1-124 (from Alabama to Southern Miss)
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 eight conferences with an automatic bid.
2. Kansas St
6. Florida State
7. Utah State
8. Kent State
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.
1. Notre Dame
6. Texas A&M
8. South Carolina
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 Oklahoma vs Oregon State.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Oklahoma vs Oregon 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 Arizona or Arizona State fan are you saying you wouldn't go to the Holiday bowl against Oklahoma State? 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.