So, Ed wanted to know about my college football playoff model

While we will never get my dream, a 16-team playoff, I am going to lay it out anyway, just so Ed can have a look, and hope that in the not too distant future, an 8 team playoff will happen. Here goes

Let us imagine that the NCAA asked me to design a playoff format. Let us imagine that system were in place today. This is how it would work

On the Friday/Saturday/Sunday following the conference championship games, We would begin the playoffs. The top 16 teams, according to the BCS poll would be in this playoff, with two games Friday, five games Saturday, and a final game Sunday. Seedings would work like this

#1 Notre Dame hosting #16 Nebraska

#2 Alabama hosting #15 Northern Illinois

#3 Florida hosting #13 Oregon State

#4 Oregon hosting #14 Clemson 

#5 Kansas State hosting #12 Florida State

#6 Stanford hosting #1o South Carolina 

#7 Georgia hosting #11 Oklahoma

#8 LSU hosting #9 Texas A&M 

NOTE: I redid a few seedings match ups to prevent so many inter-conference games. I did leave LSU-Texas A&M in place.

Now look at these games, who does not think that would make a great first round?

After these games are played, the eight losers would be eligible to receive invitations to various bowl games. The four BCS Bowls, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar, would host the eight winners, according to seeding (highest vs lowest). Those games to be played January 1-2.

Let us say that these games would be #1 Notre Dame vs # 14 Clemson in the Orange Bowl. #2 Alabama vs #11 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. #3 Florida vs #6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and #5 K-State vs #8 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl

At this point, all the bowl games would be done, and four teams would still be standing

The following weekend, the two semi-final games would be played at two BCS sites, the four sites would rotate these semi-final games. Let us predict that #2 Alabama would play #14 Clemson in one and that #3 Florida would play #5 K-State in the other

The following Monday night, we would have the BCS Championship game. Held at a site picked by a committee, like the Superbowl site is picked

Let us predict that it would be Alabama and Florida.

Florida is your national champ. OK I might be biased there, but there is your model

A side note here. This year there would be four inter-conference match ups in the first round, that would be a rare occurrence, and one that could be remedied with some re-seeding. Such as # 3 playing #13 instead of playing #14, and #4 playing #14, rather than playing #14. You could also bracket these games like the NCAA basketball tourney with the winner of #1 vs #16 playing the winner of #8 vs #9.

OK, college football bowl game time begins in two weeks here are your matchups

First, before we get to all the bowls, and my picks, I think the suckage from the BCS reached historic proportions this year. Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl, despite a # 15 ranking, and will get plowed by Florida State. Look, I salute the Huskies for winning the MAC great! But seriously, the BCS passed on Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson to choose Northern Illinois? Of course that was not the only issue with the BCS, all those teams that were passed over were also passed over so #21 Louisville could go play my Gators in the Sugar Bowl? #21 playing #3? Yes, I know, Louisville won the Big East, well actually they finished in  a four-way tie, so they get an automatic bid. Come on! Winning the Big East is like winning an ass kicking contest against a one-legged man. Of course, the BCS rule that only two teams from the same conference can play in BCS bowls is idiotic. And boy, did the SEC get screwed by that rule. We have six of the top ten teams, but only two my Gtaors, and Alabama, who will beat Notre Dame like a rented mule, get BCS bowls? Oh, by the way, Wisconsin, who is not even ranked “won” the Big Ten so they get the Rose Bowl? Again SCREW YOU Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson!

Excuse me for a second but we now have 10 slots for the five BCS bowls, we have a ranking system. Why not use that ranking system to put the top ten teams in those games? Yes, OF COURSE! That would make too much sense, what was I thinking? I cannot wait for 2014, when we go to a four team playoff. I wonder how the powers that be will make a mockery of that?

Now, on to the bowls, which start December 15 in the GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL where Arizona and Nevada will hook up! Go with Zona there. Also that day We get the bowl with the most idiotic name the FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL( and you thought the old Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl was bad) with Toledo and Utah State. Go Utah State Aggies on this one.

On to December 20, when we get the SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL (maybe I said the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the worst named bowl too soon?) where BYU and and San Diego Stare hook up. Go Aztces here! 

The next night we get the BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL, in St. Petersburg Florida. With Central Florida and Ball State playing. Go UCF here! As a side note, Beef O’Bradys is now a national chain, but once it was one location, on Kings Avenue in Brandon Florida, and they had the BEST wings evah! I remember because I may, or may not have gotten sloshed there.

On to Dec 22 when we get East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL go with La Laf  here and Washington vs. No. 19 Boise State in the MAACO BOWL Boise is the good choice there

Then, Christmas Eve we get treated to the SHERATON HAWAII BOWL featuring Fresno State vs. Southern Methodist. Go Fresno here

Then, on the 26th, in case you are craving REALLY awful pizza, tune in to Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan squaring off in the LITTLE CAEASARS BOWL! Go with Central Michigan and LOTS of Maalox here!

Next comes December 27, and three bowls to feast on. In the MILITARY BOWL – PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN we get San Jose State vs. Bowling Green. Go San Jose here

In the BELK BOWL, yes, they really are going with that name. Cincinati and Duke clash. If you just watch one bowl game this year, please do not let this be the one. Bearcats win

In the legendary BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION HOLIDAY BOWL UCLA and Baylor match up in what ought to be a great one. Go with UCLA in a shootout

On to December 28th and Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe in the AdvoCare V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL. What is advocare? How should I know. why should you care. Go with Monroe here

Then check out the RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL featuring Rutgers and Virginia Tech, which Rutgers will win.

Next, Minnesota and Texas Tech meet in the MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS. I think you can get a free tune up at halftime or something. Tech should take this one.

On the 29th, in the ARMED FORCES BOWL, Rice and Air Force meet. Let’s see Air Force or Rice? In the Armed Forces Bowl? Go with the team with jets and missiles

Then, in what could be a high scoring affair Syracuse and West Virginia meet up in the NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL. Dumb name, good game, Mountaineers roll.

Next, if hunger strikes you watch the KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL, they were going to call it the Kraft Hopes You Starve Bowl, but that got nixed. Anyway Navy and Arizona State clash. Go with the Sun Devils.

In what ought to be a fine game at the VALERO ALAMO BOWL it is #23 Texas vs. No. 13 Oregon State. Tough call but I say Beavers rule.

Wrapping up that Saturdays slate is the BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL with TCU vs. Michigan State. Go with TCU, and the Asian Zing sauce with this one

Enough for now, I will post the rest of these bowl games tomorrow.

Gators bitch slap Seminoles, finish regular season 11-1

Florida dominated this game except for a few minutes in the third quarter. They ran for almost 250 yards against the “toughest run defense” in the country, the Gator D shut the Noles offense down  and  by the fourth quarter, FSU was a beaten team. Man I LOVE beating the Noles. 

Here is the ESPN recap

Florida coach Will Muschamp doesn’t have any doubt where his team’s next stop should be: Miami for the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7.

And the Gators (No. 4 BCS, No. 6 AP) made a strong case for consideration Saturday by crushing archrival Florida State.

Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and Florida scored 24 straight points in a span of less than nine minutes in the fourth quarter to keep its national title hopes alive with a convincing win over the 10th-ranked Seminoles.

“We have a really tough football team,” Muschamp said as he left the field for Florida’s locker room. “We should be playing for the national championship.”

Of course Notre Dame found another willing victim in USC Saturday night, so it will likely be Alabama destroying the Irish in the BCS title game. I do give Notre Dame credit for being a tough team, but honestly, they should have lost at least three games this year. The Irish seem to have a knack for getting their opponents to play their worst against them. Call it luck, call it winning ugly, that will not work against Bama, or Georgia should they win the SEC title game, and yep, it would not have cut it against the Gators either. The real kick in the head is that next season, the top four teams get a shot. Oh well, we should have beaten Georgia, so, we cannot really bitch I guess!