Red roundup: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott thinks new playoff format will be in place for at least 10 years

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  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 26, 2012 7:25 p.m.


    You fail to understand the purpose. The 4 team selection is to identify the four best teams worthy of a national championship. This is not about NCAA 'march madness" in which Alcorn St or Byu have a chance to upset a proven program. I'm sorry but attempting to get another chance to prove yourself in the playoffs isn't part of the equation.

    Earn it during the regular season and everythig takes care of itself. Unfortunetly, bYu doesn't have the schedule to prove it.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    I know what you mean Duckhunter. My favorite part about bowl season is watching a game between two teams that have never met. That started to go away with automatic bowl tie-ins. I'm sure the people of Miami got tired of the Orange Bowl when they'd either see Big 8 champion Oklahoma or Nebraska year after year.

    Larry Scott thinks this will go for 10 years. That depends how they split the money. The whole thing could crumble if a major conference misses too many shares of the pie.

    This playoff won't solve the National Champion question. Looking forward to the day when the AP selects a champion that wasn't in the BCS playoff...

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 26, 2012 3:56 p.m.


    You are correct about this, it isn't really much of an improvement, if it is an improvement at all. I would prefer the current system remain over this one. Not much will change because of this, it will still be the same 6-7 schools year in and year out with only a very occasional other school, which will most likely be from the Big12 or SEC that just happened to have their best season, like Auburn two years ago.

    I've laways prefered the bowls over a playoff anyway but this so called "playoff" is just a sham. When it grows to 16 teams it can then be considered real, but of course that would destroy the bowls and that wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable, at least in my opinion. I look forward to spending about 3 weeks watching bowls games every holiday season. I watch all of them I possibly can. The thing I like about them is that half of the teams end their season on a win and they put everything they have into that one game.

    I'll miss that if it eventually goes away.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Man, they've really created an exclusive club with this playoff. They make it sound easy "just finish in the top 4", and yet when looking at the 14 final BCS polls...

    TCU would be the only "BCS Buster", finishing 4th (2009) and 3rd (2011).

    Never seeing a BCS Bowl would be:
    Utah - best finish was 6th (twice).
    Boise State - best finish was 6th.
    Notre Dame - best finish was 6th.
    BYU - best finish was 14th.

    8 out of 14 times a conference would have sent two teams to the playoff.
    The Big 12 would have sent two teams 3 times. The mighty SEC "only" 2 times.

    There is no longer a "consolation prize" of getting to the Rose/Fiesta/Sugar/Orange bowls for almost qualifying. Those bowls can return to picking their traditional match ups.