Back in October 2016 I posted an article that laid out my plans for fixing College Football’s broken mess of stupidity — The college football “playoff”.
If you’d like to read it, click this link –> College Football is Broken.
Today, we see that the mess that is labeled “College Football ‘Playoff'” hasn’t changed. It still remains a bungled, bogus joke that is touted by sport’s analysts as, “the best system we can think of“.
The best system they can think of? — I find that difficult to believe because every other level of college football has a playoff consisting of more than 8 teams.
Even high school and peewee football leagues have a system where the teams that finished first or second in their division are rewarded with the opportunity to continue playing for a coveted, albeit pathetic, championship.
HOWEVER . . . this is not the way things are done in the College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Instead, the FBS uses a bias-filled ranking system where a group of pathetic cattle are appointed to a committee where they argue their opinions about who they favor to be the four pathetically top-rated teams in the college football world.
This pathetically biased group of individuals (who many believe can never be swayed or bought) convene as a committee of opinionated cattle to begin their deliberations sometime in late October or early November.
Then . . . week after week this overly opinionated group of pathetically-esteemed cattle proceed to release a ranking of their magisterial top-25 until they finally release their overly-anticipated “final ranking” which seems to satisfy the pathetic morons of the college football world into believing the top four teams the committee selected are actually the top four teams in all of college football.
Furthermore, along with each weekly release of the rankings, the college football world is fortunate enough to hear the pathetic rationale from a chairperson of the CFP committee who sits on national television answering zany questions from sports media personalities who truly believe in their pathetic little minds that this method of pathetic madness is really the BEST way to crown a true national champion in the College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Additionally, the members of the pathetic CFP committee continuously state that they are all about rewarding or penalizing teams for how they perform on the field during those coveted last four or five weeks of the regular season; sadly, the 2017 college football season was proof that their confessions hold zero truth.
Because the committee decided to place a team among the top four teams in college football even though that team:
1. Did NOT play in their conference championship game.
2. Did NOT win their division in their respective conference.
3. Did NOT finish higher than third in their respective conference.
4. LOST the FINAL game of the regular season.
That’s correct . . . a team that was supposed to be penalized for losing in the last four to five weeks of the regular season and finished THIRD overall in their respective conference was selected as one of the FOUR — OVERALL — BEST — TEAMS in the FBS and allowed to play for a synthetic national championship. (Which they won and get to hold over the rest of the college football world).
Yet, the team that beat them during the regular season and finished second overall in that conference, first in their division and played in the Conference Championship game was left to wonder, “how the hell did we get left out?”
Consequently, the pathetic intelligence that makes up the college football decision making have somehow convinced not only themselves, but the rest of the pathetic herd, that the format they came up with to choose a “true” national champion is the “best” of the “best” and no one outside of their circle of confusion and mindless stupidity could ever come up with a better system that would keep the bowl games intact and also allow for a playoff.
Well! I have news for these pathetic ignorant intellectuals . . . I have a better plan, and here it is. . .
Let’s begin with the The Regular Season…
Before each season begins bowl games would be assigned to specific tiers based on a certain criteria.
1) Amount of dollar payout to participating teams.
2) Average ticket sales and attendance in previous years
3) Conference affiliations
4) Location … and so on and so forth.
(For example: Here’s how it might work —
Tier 1 Bowl Games would be those that have the overall highest payout to competing teams along with highest average attendance/ticket sales in previous years, and/or affiliation with upper-level conferences, etc…
Tier 2 Bowl Games – second highest payout, average attendance/ticket sales, affiliated with upper to mid-level conferences;
Tier 3 Bowl Games – third highest payout…and so on.)
Teams will not play more than 11 games per regular season – Force every team to play an eight (8) game conference schedule along with three (3) non-conference games that must be against FBS conference opponents.
Penalize FBS teams that schedule FCS teams for non-conference games by shrinking the revenue shared from bowl and conference payouts.
All college football seasons will begin on the third Weekend of August and no later that the first weekend in September.
All regular season games will end ON or BEFORE Thanksgiving weekend.
All Conference championships will be played the weekend of Thanksgiving or the First weekend in December.
The Playoff Selection…
16 team playoff. (Ten (10) conference champions and Six (6) at-large)
ABOLISH THE SELECTION COMMITTEE!!!
All conference champions would automatically be seeded 1 – 10. This would be done using the old computer generated BCS formula. (Again….NO SELECTION COMMITTEE!)
The teams who lost their conference championship game. . . AND ONLY the teams who lost in their conference championship game . . . would then be seeded 11 – 16 using the old BCS formula! These teams would make up the “at-large” portion of the playoff field.
Seeds 1 – 10 respectively would be matched against lower seeded teams. (for example: Seed 1 vs. Seed 16, Seed 2 vs. Seed 15 and so on…).
The higher-seeded conference champions would get to play on their home field while lower seeded teams would have to travel to the higher seeded locations. Home Field advantage would be a “perk” for teams that won their respective conferences outright.*
*Meaning — All playoff games through the Semifinal games would give home=field advantage to the higher seeded teams.
Every round leading up to the championship game would be played in consecutive weeks through the month of December with the championship game being played at a Tier 1 neutral-site bowl game two weeks after the conclusion of the semi-final games.
(Note: a variation to this format could be that the semi-finals and the championship games be played on the same neutral site, Tier 1 field.)
The Remaining Bowl Eligible Teams…
AFTER THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS are complete and playoff teams have been selected and seeded for the 16 team playoff …
Tier 1 bowls (highest payout) would be able to select two teams for their respective bowl game. The choice of teams would consist of the remaining teams who lost their conference championships and were not selected in the 16 team playoff. These Tier 1 bowls could also choose from teams that finished the season with one or two losses but did not manage to make their respective conference championship games.
Once Tier 1 bowls have completed making their selections, the remaining Tiers (2, 3, 4…etc…) would be able to select from the remaining bowl eligible teams (6+ wins) until all selections have been made.
If there aren’t enough bowl eligible teams (6+ wins) to fill the remaining lower Tiered bowl games, teams that finished the regular season with a 5-7 record would be selected based on their highest APR rankings until all the bowls are filled.
Completion of the Bowl Games and Playoffs
Depending on the calendar year, all bowl games and playoff games would be completed on or around the first or second week of January.
So there you have it. That’s my plan to fix the broken mess of college football playoffs. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we have currently where some teams are left out for the sake of bias and money.
If you like this plan…share it with your friends and social media groupies.
If you don’t like it, then come up with a better plan instead of complaining about this one.
It’s not perfect. It needs some tweaks. It won’t be easy, nor will many of you pathetic, blowhard college football fans enjoy the changes, but it would work.
It’s not rocket science. It’s a pathetic college football playoff system that should be better than it currently is.