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What if there was a 64-team playoff?

I got to give CBS Sportsline credit for creativity -- and for giving us a nice topic for today's blog. They went beyond President elect Barack Obama's plan of pushing for an eight-team playoff and just decided to go March Madness on us in December. And if you are a Canes fan, you like it. Because your team still has a chance at winning the national title.

Cbs_sportsline_bracketsCBS tabbed UM as the 13th seed in its Northeast bracket and set to take on Dave Wannstedt's Pittsburgh Panthers (check out the brackets when you get a chance). Although a tournament like this will never happen, I know many of you would be happy if there was some sort of playoff. So, what is acceptable in your mind? Eight teams? Six teams? 64? And how would you go about inviting those teams to the tournament?

The fundamental problem I see in college football isn't that there are too many great teams deserving of an opportunity to play in a playoff format. The flaw is the conference championship games, which make the entire system of who gets the championship unfair. It makes the regular season meaningless and gives the teams that do have a conference championship game a huge edge over ones that don't like the Pac 10, Big Ten and Big East. Is it a coincidence that the SEC and Big 12 (who have conference championship games) have had at least one team among their conferences vault into the title game after conference title games in six straight seasons? No.

Should_tim_tebow_and_the_gators_havWhy do there have to be divisions in a conference? Take the SEC as an example this season. If you take out the division setup in the SEC out (and you rotate your usual eight-game in conference schedule), Alabama emerges as the clear-cut conference champion with a perfect record. Florida lost at home to an SEC opponent. Why did the Gators get an extra shot (and basically an automatic bid) into the national title game by beating a team in a game that didn't need to be played? Texas and Texas Tech weren't afforded that same opportunity despite the fact it finished with the same exact record as Oklahoma.

Here's my plan: Eliminate all divisions in a conference, require all FBS schools to play an 11 game schedule and have at least one of its non-conference games required to be played against a BCS school and leave two weeks in December to decide who plays in the big game. While you can't create a 64-team playoff, you can certainly do something realistic with an eight-team playoff (all based on the computer rankings). In three weekends of must-see TV football, you'd emerge with a real champion. The teams that lose on the first two weeks would still be healthy enough to go to another bowl game three weeks later. Here's what my system (which only takes the Top 2 rated teams from a conference) would have looked like this year:

> Dec. 6 - In Atlanta - Quarters: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 9 Boise State, Noon; No. 4 Florida vs. No. 5 USC, 7 p.m. In Kansas City: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Penn State, 3:30 p.m. and No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Utah, 10 p.m.
> Dec. 13 - In Tampa - Semifinals: Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed, 3:30 p.m.; two middle teams, 8 p.m.
> Jan. 8 - At Orange Bowl - National Championship


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Rawpimple- I have a pimple in my %$$$ come on and pop it. Better yet, ask your girlfriend to pop it-- with her teeth. while we are spooning and watching Sam Bradford win theHeisman, and then putting 60 on UF.

I dont like divisions in conferences because the big 12 south is clearly better. My point the top 2 or three teams could end up in the same division. Playoffs please

If it is about money not a real NC than you get what the fans have got, shafted and laughed at by the powers that be. Count the money and feed the bull to the fans. The system would need enough teams so that dark horse schools that have never gotten a chance would get a chance.

On Canespace..

LOL, welcome to the Herald! Obviously you haven't been reading this blog much. This is par for the course. The only thing guaranteed from Manny is that he'll never keep you updated. First Susan will report all the "Breaking News" then Manny will post basically the same story even quoting Susan's. Welcome aboard!
Posted by: SOUP | December 10, 2008 at 04:00 PM

A: Did you post this on my blog 86?

Posted by: Manny Navarro | December 10, 2008 at 09:30 PM

Hi manny,
Soup has nothing but respect for you and always recommends the bloggers to read your articles, this looks like your nemesis Green's work


Posted by: solarcane | December 10, 2008 at 09:45 PM

LMAO...Manny, you schmendrick!

...so I guess, Green shot Kennedy too?

Manny...you know that was NOT me. Why didn't you email me to ask that question instead of posting it on the blog? Check email and call me in person ASAP!

should have said Manny, please, call me ASAP!

M.H....please stop spreading false rumors. The issue has been resolved. Thank U!

Posted by: 86Cane | December 11, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Again...86, you are wrong....after the Soup post, I posted...

Akefay oupsay...

Posted by: M.H. | December 10, 2008 at 04:28 PM

Refresh your pig latin...
I was just posting what was on the blog, not spreading false rumors!!!!!

LyquidEnigma, thanks for sharing that. I'm generally an opponent of a playoff, but Wetzel pretty much has me sold on that plan. Just thinking about a December 15 home game against a USC or Ohio State with advancement toward the national title gives me chills. Better yet, how about watching our 'Canes dismantle an overrated ND or OSU up in the snow with a berth in the title game vs. UF or FSU on the line? Very cool idea.

Manny, got to disagree with you strongly on your take on the conference title game deal. Every conference should have a champ game and that should be a part of implementing any playoff larger than four teams. How do you decide between two undefeated teams within the same conference? Who wins if they didn't play each other as can happen in the Big Ten? You advocate on the one hand FOR a playoff system when it comes to determining the National Champ, but AGAINST a playoff when determining the conference champ? How do you sleep at night with those kind of contradictions running around in your head?

Wetzel's idea is great if you knock the regular season back down to 11 games. Then you give an automatic bid to the conference champs with this caveat: Any Conference with at least twelve teams which holds a championship game to determine its champion gets an automatic berth.

K. 64 teams is just plain dumb. Manny is exactly correct. Balanced conference schedule and then an eight team playoff. After an eleven game schedule with a balanced conference slate no one can b**** about where they are ranked. The #9 team can squeal to their hearts' content but that's a helluva lot better than watching this political garbage every year. You play that balanced schedule for 3 months and you are what you are! The computers don't listen to the hype and they don't care about your name. Do it.

Dom, I am with you on that. But you know how this works. Ehhhhhhhbody wants to see a champion.
Funny thing is, these fans feel entitled to a championship instead of understanding how hard it is to win one. Championships are hard!!! That's why these big dudes play so hard!

My point, Dom, is don't go 16 on me--keep it at eight teams. You are right in what you are saying about the way the BCS has created the 1 vs 2 match-up but be serious...if we drag this thing out too far it will become the baseball playoffs.

DISCLAIMER: baseball is my favorite sport
next to college football and college hoops

Oklahoma 24

Florida 20

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