It’s Year 11 of the Doug Franz College Football Playoff

Oct 20, 2011, 3:42 PM | Updated: 4:54 pm

The week 1 standings are out for the BCS.

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

16) TCU @ 1) LSU

15) Rutgers @ 2) Alabama

14) SMU @ 3) Oklahoma

13) Penn St @ 4) Okla St

12) Va Tech @ 5) Boise St

11) Kansas St @ 6) Wisconsin

10) Oregon @ 7) Clemson

9) Arkansas @ 8) Stanford


• 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.

• Last year in week 1 Mizzou was ranked 11th. This
year they’re 44th and replaced by their Big 12 rival K-

• Right now, TCU has a better conference record than
Boise State so they get the automatic bid. That will
change and open up a spot for another team.

• If the seeds hold, you could have a great regional
battle with Clemson @ Alabama.

• If LSU wins we’d get to see either Andrew Luck deal
with LSU fans or a rivalry game of Arkansas @ LSU.
Who wouldn’t love to see Wisconsin travel to Oklahoma in
the second round?

• 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 6 of the
BCS and the average BCS rank of the teams in the

1) Big 12: 30

2) SEC: 37.5

3) ACC: 49.17

4) Big 10: 49.67

5) Big East: 51.63

6) PAC-12: 54.75

7) Mtn West: 71.75

8) C-USA: 71.92

9) MAC: 81.15

10) Sun Belt: 86.11

11) WAC: 89.38


• I’ve been doing this playoff for 11 years. No has
ever averaged 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 and Kansas is last but
only in 67th place.

• The Pac-10 last year was much better than the Pac-
12. Utah was 9th last year when they weren’t in the Pac-
10 and 51st this year. While Arizona is 103rd and Oregon
State is 106, picking up Colorado this year made it even
worse since the Buffs are 105th.

• In the 11 years of the DFCFP, C-USA has never made
the top 8.

• The collapse of Ohio State really hurt the Big 10
and the ACC took advantage.


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 UAB)

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

2) LSU

3) Clemson

4) Penn St

5) Rutgers

6) Stanford

7) TCU

8) SMU

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) Alabama

2) Oklahoma State

3) Boise State

4) Wisconsin

5) Arkansas

6) Oregon

7) Kansas 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

7) First two rounds are at the home of the better

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.

Doug Franz

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