I'm going through this tired act now as opposed to after this weekend's conference championships because I'm almost positive that if there was a playoff system, especially with 16 teams, the conferences would get rid of that game so fast it would make your head spin. They wouldn't want to saddle one of their best teams with another loss, which is really all a conference championship game would accomplish at that point.
Now, I've tweaked the plan just a tad. Let me reiterated it for you here. You know, because I'm nice and it's the holiday season and all. There will be 16 teams. Every conference champion receives an automatic bid unless (Tweak #1) they have more than 4 losses at which point an another at large team would be added. I think that would ensure that one of the low-end conferences doesn't get a 6-5--or like the year North Texas won the Sun Belt with a 5-6 record-- team in. Conferences would be limited to no more than 3 teams. At large bids would be determined by a BCS like poll. Now a look at what this year's mythical college football playoff would look like.
OK, sorry, I actually wrote the first three paragraphs without even looking at the standings and knowing that with my new 5 loss rule, that the Sun Belt champion would not qualify with a 7-5 record. Luckily for Notre Dame, as they received that last available at large bid. Also, I should mention that I had to just pick a winner for the SEC and MAC for their conference championships are actually needed to provide a clear cut winner.
- 1) Ohio St. (Big Ten Champ.)
- 16) Ohio University (MAC Champ.)
- 8) Boise State (WAC Champ.)
- 9) Arkansas (At large)
- 5) L.S.U. (At large)
- 12) Rutgers (Big East Champ.)
- 4) Florida (SEC Champ.)
- 13) B.Y.U. (Mountain West Champ.)
- 3) Michigan (At large)
- 14) Georgia Tech (ACC Champ)
- 6) Louisville (At large)
- 11) Oklahoma (Big 12 Champ.)
- 7) Wisconsin (At large)
- 10) Notre Dame (At large)
- 2) U.S.C. (PAC 10 Champ.)
- 15) Houston (Conf. USA Champ.)