but there are too many bowl games in the first place. If the standard was
improved to seven games there wouldn't be enough qualified teams so the big
thing is to eliminate many of these useless bowl games ANDemploy a
16 team play-off. It would be the most exciting thing in college sports. The
conference champs would get automatic bids and along with five at large bids.
Now the little guy has a real shot. You can even keep some other bowls for
teams that didn't make the play-offs, sort of like a football version of the
NIT--give deserving teams a shot. ALSO,the college game is too
long. NFL games fit right into nice three hour packages. Seldom does a
regulation game go over 3 hours and 15 minutes, they pretty much average three
hours. Even OT games are shorter than many college games. Rule changes like
the NFL regarding boundaries etc. could really speed up the game. Stop the
clock for the first down in the last two minutes of the game, otherwise use the
NFL rules for timing and reduce the game length.At all costs
eliminate the BCS!
is not bad. 5 bowl games with 2 winners selected from the 5 to play in the NC
game. However, easy schedules should not be rewarded in securing the 5 bowl
games. FL would ease up on the cupcakes if they knew they had to
play their way into the NC.
College football should borrow a concept from soccer's English Premier League
(EPL), relegation. Relegation means that at the end of every season, the EPL's
bottom 3 teams move down to a lower division and the top 3 teams from the lower
division move up to EPL.At the end of every college football season,
the bottom 3 BCS teams would move to the non-BCS league and the top 3 teams from
the non-BCS league would move to the BCS league. This would probably require
that the idea of conferences be altered.
Mike, surely you are aware that Miami and Florida State don't play in the same
conference. One plays in the Big East and the other in the ACC. Stating those
two teams shouldn't play "key conference" games the first weekend of the year is
like saying Utah shouldn't be allowed to play Utah State or Colorado State
shouldn't play Colorado on opening weekend. Perhaps we should outlaw New Mexico
from playing New Mexico State, Central Michigan from playing Michigan State,
etc. also so that we don't have conference games early in the season!
Florida, even with their two cupcake out of conference games, plays a tougher
schedule than many other top teams. They have to play Tennessee, Georgia, LSU,
South Carolina, and Florida State, among others. Then, they'd have to play
another top SEC East team in the championship game.Teams from the
MWC can't even imagine that kind of schedule. We think we have a "tough"
schedule when we play one top name team a year.
You failed to mention what the benefit would be for your point about playing
non-conference games before conference games. Aside from the utter
impracticality of it (what - Notre Dame, Navy, and Army can only play four games
per season? Florida and Florida State have to play their bitter rivalry game
before we know how good each team is?), I don't see how it makes things better.
Miami and Cincinatti currently have the upper hand in their respective
conferences because they won early conference games. Maybe their opponents
would have been better had the games been played later in the season, but so
what? What's wrong with playing conference games early or non-conference games
Miami and Florida State play in the ACC.
Check your own facts. Miami has been in the ACC for several years now, which is
another reason the Big Least shouldn't have ab automatic ACC bid. It lost
several of its best teams to the ACC. That being said, this year the ACC looks a
little weak, too.
Culpa mea.Ignore my 8:00am message. I was still back in the day
when Florida State and Miami were in different conferences.
I think another great idea would be to make the switch to flag football. There
are just too many injuries in this sport and the violent hits scare me. I
shreiked and felt out of my chair when a BYU player upended that Tulane player.
And if this idea had been implemented in the pros going way back do you know
what that would mean? Merlin Olsen could still be playing today.
Loved the "Relegation" idea. But it won't be adopted because it clearly makes
I haven't thought about the rest of the column, but your first idea is bad.
That's the funnest part about the college football season is that it adds
championship excitement even in the first weeks of the season. As opposed to
the pros where, regular season losses aren't as detrimental to championship
hopes as they are in college. So a college football fan who recognizes this
shouldn't care when conference games are played. Although teams with no shot at
a national championship often claim that there number one goal is a conference
championship, for teams with national championship aspirations a non-conference
game is no less important than a non-conference game
First, eliminate the BCS all together. Go to an all-inclusive 16 team playoff
format. All eleven FBS conference champions get in and five at-large teams. Yes,
even the Sun Belt champion. Why? Because the best moments in sports are when the
underdog wins against all odds. Miracle on Ice, Villanova, 1969 Mets. All the
underdogs who were not supposed to be there according to the "experts". All
among the greatest championship moments in sports. By allowing the BCS to
regulate who gets to play for a championship, the NCAA is prohibiting arguably
the best brand of football from ever having one of the greatest championship
moments in sports.
Schmoopy, LOVE your handle!You also have a good point.As
for "Relegation," it IS coming, in the form of entire conferences being shuffled
up and down, but only every four years. It should be either every year or every
two years. Four is way too long for a "pretender" conference to automatically
get those undue millions each year.Last year and this, the MWC is
doing what it needs to be come a BCS conference, replacing either the ACC or Big
East. Hope they can just keep it up.
... add eight teams (to 128) to an even eight-conference league with each
conference having two, eight-team divisions. Play four "preseason" games, only
one can be FCS teams. Perhaps like the NFL, conferences could be pitted against
each other in a rotating schedule. Then a seven-game divisional series to
determine divisional champions, meeting in a minor bowl (game 12 of the season)
for the conference championship. Conference champions meet in an eight-team,
seven-game playoff. This would leave us with 15 bowl games, eight mid-level
championship bowls and seven major, playoff bowls. If the minor bowls want
to survive then they have to have invitational, preseason games. This would give
the minor, mostly northern, bowls a chance to host a bowl game when the have
better weather, for example, the Humanitarian Bowl could be a Labor Day classic
every year. But who wants to travel to Boise in December? The conference
championships could be set bowls, with the Rose, Fiesta, Cotton, Sugar, Orange,
plus two more warm-climate bowls, hosting the playoffs on a rotating basis.
The Miami and Fla St comment were classic. You must have been taking a nap for
the last several years? No I mean yes :) maybe? Why do you think most fans have
been bagging on the big (least) East. The little east is the biggest BCS joke
of them all with the ACC close behind!
I love all of the ideas. hopefully they can go somewhere.
It doesn't really work like that, since universities almost always belong to
conference for different sport, besides just football. So relegating a
university for having a bad football team but perhaps the best basketball or
baseball team doesn't make sense. However, realigning conferences might affect
rivalries like BYU-Utah and Notre Dame would finally be forced to fall in line.
BCS conferences have a better idea, in their mind. If it were up to them they
would eliminate all teams not currently in the BCS system. They (the BCS boys)
have NO, I repeat, NO interest in adding the MWC to the BCS. Take a
look at BCS in Wikipedia. There's a map there with each BCS school on
identified by its location on the map. If you look closely they've covered
every major metropolitan area and the the majority of the US population has
someone to root for. The only areas withough representation in the BCS are the
upper New England and the Upper Midwest (ND & SD) and the northern Rocky Mtn
States.The BCS is a business. The leftouts (non-BCS) do not have
the TV's or the clout to "make" the BCS include them in their game. The
argument is a moot point. Until the NCAA mandates a playoff, I guarantee the
BCS has no interest splitting the pie more ways (think back to the WAC 16 & the
MWC split-off). The BCS business model accounts for most everything the sports
advertisers wants. (Sorry, not enough beer drinkers in UT)
The BCS is all about $$$, so the BCS is not about to kick one of the
population/media heavy east coast conferences (ACC and/or Big East) out of AQ
status.WHEN (not if) the MWC qualifies to become an AQ conference
(in 2012), the BCS will expand to 5 bowl games plus the championship game by
adding the Cotton Bowl to the mix of Orange, Sugar, Fiesta and Rose Bowls.-------------------------MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEEDS A
PLAYOFF!That's the ONLY way of determining an undisputed National
Champion.11 conference champions + 5 at-large teamsseeded by a committee like the NCAA basketball tournament1st round
played the 1st Saturday after Christmas at the home of the higher seeded
teamsQuarter-finals played the next Saturday in the Orange, Sugar,
Fiesta and Rose BowlsSemi-finals played the next Saturday (1st or
2nd Saturday in January) in two of the Quarter-final bowlsChampionship played 9 days later on Monday night (2nd or 3rd Monday in
January) - in THE SUPER BOWL of college football, maybe in the Dallas Cowboys
Stadium------------------------Other bowl games could
still be played, but not on the two Saturdays when they would compete with the
has anyway noticed that Maxy looks like a little boy that had his toys taken
away by a bully? He always looked scared. Now Brian Johnson, hes a real QB.
Nothing but confidence in his eyes. No wnder he has been to a BCS game and Maxy
has not. Ohhh... sorry Maxy, did I make you cry?
someday, maybe, you'll grow up a become a real Utah Man; not likely, but,
anything's possible.Max Hall will finish much closer to winning the
Heisman Trophy than Brian Johnson ever dreamed of.
Another stupid list of ideas. These writers are brilliant. just one of the
many problems with his "suggestions". If big teams only played 1 smaller
conference team every 2 years by rule, then what is to stop the BCS teams from
implementing a rule saying they could only play one non BCS team every 2 years.
Also, many of these smaller schools survive on the big guarantee they get from
playing these games they are going to lose. Eliminate those games and you'd
eliminate some programs, but I guess it's okay to look down your nose at the
smaller programs when you aren't one of them, right? You can't have it both
ways. Gotta love writers, that is why they are writers.
This suggestion would have worked last year, but does nothing to prevent MANY
more possibilities from happening in the future. What if we have two undefeated
BCS teams AND Utah? Then it gets tossed out as a broken system.
Time to just get rid of sports altogether. Then there will be peace on earth and
good will toward all men. Utes, Cougars, and Aggies can all lay down together
without any ire.They could have chess tournaments to determine the best
college in Utah.
I hear writers complain about too many bowls and complain about 6-6 teams
getting into bowls, but why? It doesn't hurt the game. You just don't want to
watch those games. You just don't want to go to those games. Well, fine. Don't
watch. By all means, don't go. But you not being interested in the lower-tier
bowls is hardly a justification for enacting a rule to get rid of them. It won't
"help" college football to get rid of them, just as they don't hurt college
football now. Get over it. Don't watch, don't go, and please stop whining about
He's still living in the past.Personally, I would prefer to the see
the Utes and cougars play each other the 1st game of the season. This way, we
won't have to compete for air time during "Rivalry Week", and it'll give the
loser in that game a whole season to work their way back back up the polls, and
get a better bowl game.I love the relegation idea too.
"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories."BYU fans can
enjoy living in the past because BYU football has a past worth remembering--and
we're celebrating our Silver Anniversary of the pinacle of that past, this
season.The only reason our little brothers are constantly
criticizing BYU fans for living in the past is because Utah football fans don't
have a past worth remembering.Fortunately, BYU fans can also enjoy
living in the present!
and odds on favorite to be playing for number 5 this season. Thats enjoying the
past and present!Hookem Horns!!!!!
The only suggestion not really well thought out is the reduction in scholarships
concept. First, the very people who are controlling the BCS mess would control
the number of scholarships. Next, even if, by some unforeseeable circumstance,
that the number is reduced, they would all go to women sports.
You wrote: "two undefeated BCS teams AND Utah"Utah isn't going to
make it past Oregon. They are mad and are going to end your dreams this weekend.
1. Get rid of all bowl games not to 252. NO games against lower
division a. this also means FCS to NOT play DII3. GET PLAYOFFS, it
has worked in FCS since 1978...so I can see why they say it couldn't work in
give the mtn west an automatic bid to the national championship game every
year.that would please all of the state of utah. does anyone
else care about watching the postseason or is it just the 1 million people that
live in utah?