College Football Playoff
As this year's College Football Playoff debates continue, we are going to introduce how of our 8 team playoff brackets would work in College Football Today. With the NCAA D2 Football playoff and FCS Playoff successfully completing playoff brackets year in and year out, we feel it is time to start the argument to why we should have a 8 team College Football Playoff system in place.
College Football Playoff Rankings
"The College Football Playoff is not an officially sanctioned championship event by the NCAA, the sport's governing body. The NCAA has never recognized an official national championship for FBS football, instead merely recognizing the decisions made any of a number of independent major championship selectors." -Wiki
A 13 member committee completes this selection process, instead of the BCS computers that used to finish the NCAA FBS Top 25. Because the Tournament only has four teams, this usually creates a cause for concern among power five programs and other less lucrative programs in smaller conferences like UCF. The fact of the matter is, anyone can claim a national title these days and we plan on crowning our champion by influencing all members of every Top 25 committee to do whats right for not only each college football program, but also each individual student-athlete who deserves a shot at the national title.
NCAA Playoff Rankings
Former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden opined that the committee's members should be "people who played the game and preferably coached the game".Former Auburn head coach Pat Dye said about committee member Condoleezza Rice, "All he knows about football is what somebody told her ... or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt". - Wiki
Many have eluded to the fact that committee members are not as apt as others to handle the due process of handling the college football playoff rankings and I believe this year they are more in tune with the members of the general football public. We have very similar polls as the College Football Playoff committee and the AP Poll has been a week behind our CFB Today poll in placing teams like Pitt and Army in their Top 25. The economic motivations behind these rankings can be found by clicking HERE, which was written by Maddy Sperling.
College Playoff Selection Committee
8 Team College Football Playoff Format
The winners of each power five conference will receive an automatic bid into the College Football Playoff bracket and will be seeded by a committee after Final 8 teams are determined.
This now makes conference title games the first round of the new College Football Today Playoff system, which will not only increase revenue, but the level of play in each conference the entire season.
The Big Three will be sorted out by a similar system to the old BCS rankings, by using the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll and our College Football Today voting process to determine the final three teams, which are to be the best remaining three teams in College Football Today.
College Football Playoff Schedule
Lets take a look at how our College Football Playoff model would project this year in College Football Today.
SEC Championship - #1 Alabama vs #5 Georgia
Big Ten Championship - #22 NorthWestern vs Michigan/Ohio St
ACC Championship - #2 Clemson vs #23 Pitt
Big 12 Championship - #7 Oklahoma, # 13 WVU, #15 Texas
PAC-12 Championship - #8 Washington St vs #19 Utah
If you take the average of the CFP Top 25, AP Top 25, Coaches Poll & the CFB Today Poll, you will come to the final 10 teams below. With games still to be played, this all could obviously play out much differently, but this model would generate a 8 team College Football Playoff system that would crown a true College Football National Champion!
Ohio State - 9.75 10th Ranking Overall (Depending on Michigan outcome)
UCF 8.75 avg - 9th Ranking Overall (Most Likely to be in Final 8)
LSU - 8.5 avg Receives 8th seed
WSU - 7.0 avg Receives 7th seed
OU 6.5avg - Receives 6th seed
Georgia - 5.0 avg - Receives 5th seed
Michigan - 4.0 avg - Receives 4th seed
Notre Dame - 2.5 avg - Receives 3rd seed
Clemson - 2.25 avg - Receives 2nd seed
Alabama - 1.25 avg Receives 1st seed
This makes teams like Ohio State, NorthWestern, Pitt, Texas, WVU and Utah's conference championships that more meaningful, as if they knock off one of these teams, they now can enter the College Football Playoff rankings.
1st Round of The College Football Today 8 Team Playoffs
#1 Alabama vs #8 LSU
#2 Clemson vs #7 Washington State
#3 Notre Dame* vs #6 Oklahoma
#4 Michigan vs #5 Georgia
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