by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL revised

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I would love a a 16-team playoff where every conference champion gets an automatic berth, leaving five at-large teams left over, but here is the SIMPLEST, MOST LOGICAL IDEA that the NCAA and Bowl Championship Series could implement RIGHT NOW: The PLUS-ONE

The Plus-one format is designed to create a single national championship game with participants selected after the conclusion of the traditional bowl season where number one ranked team plays number four; number 2 plays 3; and the winners play for the Bowl Championship Series.

If the plus-one system were applied this year, we’d see LSU facing off against Stanford (1 - 4) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Alabama playing Oklahoma State (2 - 3) in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, with the winners meeting in a national championship a week later.
NOTE: The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions, Wisconsin and Oregon, would still play in the Rose Bowl; Big East so-called champs would go to the Discover Orange Bowl to face ACC champs; Michigan and Clemson would drop down to the next high paying bowl.

In that case, there would be much less talk of broken voting and biased coaches. Under the plus-one, mid-majors like Boise State and Houston would still be at a disadvantage, but it’s not like the current system is doing them any favors. Also in this proposal, your final rankings fill the slots for the best possible bowl NOT your final conference rankings.

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said Sunday night that a model allowing the top four teams of college football to meet in the
postseason should be revisited. "The plus-one model has received consideration before," Neinas said. "As a result of this year, I feel that consideration should become more serious as we move forward."

Boise Coach Petersen also spoke out against the current model saying "everybody is just very tired of the BCS” and called for a Plus-One playoff system, even though that wouldn’t have helped his team. Boise State has finished outside the top four in the BCS standings every year but did earn spots in the 2006 and 2009 Fiesta bowls.

In addition, earlier in the week, Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby outright said that plus-one is “inevitable.”

In the past, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford have supported a plus-one system. It was rebuked by the other conferences, but now Dan Beebe is no longer Big 12 commissioner and Tom Hanson has been replaced in the Pac-12 by Larry Scott, who has proven to be forward-thinking.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany remains opposed to a Plus-One because he believes it would lead to an eight- or 16-team playoff that would harm college football’s regular season and bowl system.

“Our view is we’d like to stay where we are,” Delany told the Tribune in a telephone interview. “We do believe in the slippery-slope theory.”

But Delany also said of the BCS: “No system is perfect, and this one is not. It can be improved.”

He recommends two areas of potential improvement: Kill the automatic bids (and two-bid-per-conference restriction) that allow the Big East’s West Virginia (No. 23 in the BCS) and the ACC’s Clemson (No. 14) to play in BCS bowl games over the likes of Arkansas (6) and Boise State (7).

“There are 10 access points in the BCS, and when you attain one, it’s seen as affirmation,” Delany said.

And play the BCS title game closer to New Year’s Day.

“I think we need to do everything we can to explore that,” Delany said. “It’s a pretty high priority for the presidents and commissioners.
Whether we can get the (BCS title game) up to Jan. 2 or Jan. 3, I don’t know. But right now it’s not good for anyone – student-athletes because of the academic calendar, fans who work and want to travel to the game.”

Either way, something needs to change... the human element of just about anything causes lots of debate, as well as an unexplainable formula or technology use. NCAA/BCS keep it simple... it works... look at the model of Major League Baseball; National Football League; Hockey; and even March Madness.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him.” ~Woody Hayes

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