Updated Dec 18, 2012 - 10:30 pm
Doug Franz College Football Playoff - Final
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 have changed, therefore changing the teams making the playoff. Now the regular season standings are complete so the all the playoff spots are official. 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 are the playoff pairings:
16) Wisconsin at 1) Notre Dame
15) Utah State at 2) Alabama
14) Louisville at 3) Florida
13) Northern Illinois @ 4) Oregon
12) Florida State at 5) Kansas State
11) Oklahoma at 6) Stanford
10) South Carolina at 7) Georgia
9) Texas A&M at 8) LSU
To all the people that used to lie in support of the BCS and claim that a playoff destroys the regular season, if Florida State would have beaten Florida, they get a home game instead of their new road which would be road trips to K-State and Oregon. If Clemson would have won their last game against South Carolina, they're in the playoff and the Gamecocks are out.
The SEC has six teams in the DFCFP. No other conference has more than 2.
The Big Ten Champ is ranked lower than the Big East, ACC, MAC and WAC.
Charlie Strong was once the defensive coordinator of Florida and they didn't hire him to replace Spurrier. Now he goes into the swamp to beat them with Louisville. South Carolina beat Georgia at home and now they have to do it again. I love the fact there are two re-matches from SEC divisional games.
I'll tell you my predictions after you give me yours.
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) Big 12: 39.3
2) SEC: 43.58
3) Pac-12: 45.5
4) Big 10: 46.75
5) Big East: 59.5
6) ACC: 66.17
7) WAC: 73.43
8) MAC: 77.38
9) MWC: 81.3
10) Sun Belt: 81.5
11) C-USA: 88.58
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 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 Iowa State at #53. The conference falls off a cliff to get to its tenth team as KU is #99. 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. It's also closer to the SEC than it ever has been.
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 Notre Dame 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 8 conferences with an automatic bid.
1. Kansas St
6. Florida State
7. Utah State
8. Northern Illinois
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 eight wild-card teams based on BCS rank excluding those already selected with an automatic bid.
1. Notre Dame
6. Texas A&M
7. 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 Clemson vs Oregon State.
I give you the extra bowl game just to prove that the bowls don't have to die. Clemson 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 predictions and I'll give you the results of who advances in the playoff next week.