Doug Franz College Football Power Poll: Week 2

Oct 24, 2011, 5:08 PM | Updated: 6:16 pm

The week 2 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) Cincinnati @ 2) Alabama

14) Penn St @ 3) Oklahoma St

13) Hou @ 4) Boise St

12) Va Tech @ 5) Clemson

11) Mich St @ 6) Stanford
10) Arkansas @ 7) Oregon

9) Oklahoma @ 8) Kansas St


Oregon went from traveling in the 7 v 10 game to hosting

2 conference games for in the DFCFP. Clemson won by 20 @
Va Tech. Oklahoma and K-State hasn’t played yet but will
Saturday in Manhattan at 12:30.

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.

Rutgers lost this week so they get replaced by Cincinnati
at the top of the Big East.

Right now, TCU has a better conference record than Boise
State so they get the automatic bid. Boise St is off this
week and is home against TCU on 11/12 after a road game
against UNLV.

Anyone want to see Oklahoma @LSU in the second round or
maybe Chip Kelly’s offense against a Nick Saban defense?

The Michigan State/Wisconsin game knocked Wisconsin out of
the playoff and put Michigan State in the playoff.

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 2 of the
BCS and the average BCS rank of the teams in the

1) Big 12: 27.6

2) SEC: 35.25

3) Big 10: 48

3) ACC: 51.75

5) Big East: 52.86

4) PAC-12: 53.67

7) C-USA: 71.08

5) Mtn West: 73.38

9) MAC: 82.46

6) Sun Belt: 87.22

11) WAC: 89.88


I’ve been doing this playoff for 11 years. No has ever
averaged under 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, 6 in the top 25 and
Kansas is last but only in 64th place.

Arizona went from 103rd to 79th with one win.

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

All MAC and C-USA teams should be rooting for BYU this
week. If the Cougs beat TCU that would hurt the Mountain
West and strengthen C-USA’s spot at 7. Although the MAC
wouldn’t pass the Mountain West, the gap would be
significantly smaller. This game is what makes the DFCFP
so great. Every regular season game could mean the
difference between playoff inclusion for your conference
champion and your team staying home.


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

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

2) LSU

3) Penn St

4) Clemson

5) Cincinnati

6) Stanford

7) Houston

8) TCU

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) Boise State

3) Oregon

4) Kansas State

5) Oklahoma

6) Arkansas

7) Michigan 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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