|You done just got RUPED, SON!|
For today's topic, it's time to finally hit on something that broke last week. Now, I have never been a big fan of Big Ten Commish, Jim Delany, and I've said this quite often. I think that he's a fraud. He's greedy. He doesn't have the best interest of college football at heart (which makes sense though because that isn't his job) although he acts like he does. And every once in a while, he will talk about a playoff system even though he has no desire at all to see that happen. But Delany's recent outline for a playoff system has piqued my interest.
This plan gives a huge preference to conference champions (as it should). It is a four team playoff in which only the top 6 teams in the final BCS rankings of the season would be considered (as they should). Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, the top two seeds would get to host the lower two seeds in the opening round (which is really cool as that would make a team from the South potentially have to play an outdoor game up North in the cold and that is something that everyone has wanted to see for DECADES). If I was to finally weigh in on my own mythical college football playoff dream scenario, this would be pretty close to what I want.
First of all, and I screamed this a few months ago, conference champions should be playing for a title. If you can't win your own league, then you should need a ton of help for possible inclusion. Of course, Nick Saban came out over the weekend and was against this which makes sense because he is an asshole. This year, for example, #3 OK State would have hosted #5 Oregon and #1 LSU would have welcomed #2 Alabama as the Tide would have been the lone wild card included. Saban still would have been in which just goes to show that he doesn't know what he's talking about. Way to be against an idea that would not have negatively impacted you at all, jerk.
Now, how I would do it, is that you play the semifinals on the Monday night of week 17 of the NFL season and then the championship the following Monday. It would give the final four about three weeks to prepare for the semis and then a week for the big one and would, in theory, eliminate any sort of rust from sitting around for 6 weeks. Monday is a football night anyway so you might as well piggyback on the groundwork that the NFL laid out.
People who are clamoring for a 16 team, an 8 team, or a plus one (Herbie!) are being impractical. 16 and 8 for obvious reasons because there aren't that many teams worthy of the title shot and scheduling conflicts. The plus one MAY work but you would have to destroy the current bowl tie-ins and that doesn't seem like it's going to happen anytime soon. The big money bowls aren't going to be too happy to get second rate teams every year. I think that this makes the most sense though even if it means weakening the current BCS bowls. Whatever, fuck them anyway. The Fiesta Bowl people are sacks of taint anyway.
The issue with Delany's plan is Delany himself. He will NEVER dump on the Rose Bowl which is exactly what would need to happen if you want to ever see something like this. I would highly doubt that the Rose Bowl would want the 2nd place Big Ten team buttfuck the 2nd place Pac-12 team every season. They want champions. Haven't they seen enough of Bret Bielema? Second, other than Ohio State, who else is the Big Ten going to send to this 4 team tournament every year? When was the last time that a non-Fuckeyes team finished in the top 4 of the BCS? Maybe Wisconsin once? Needless to say, Jim Delany would need to convince his schools to fore go a LOT of money for the sake of the betterment of the game. So, in essence, this is all posturing by the guy that holds the key to getting this done.
The SEC wouldn't have an issue with this. Neither would the Big 12 or the Pac 12 since they almost always have their champion qualify as well. The Big East and ACC aren't going to mind since this doesn't really effect them anyway. Delany is the lynch pin for the plan that he announced. It's time for him to put his (for lack of a better word) money where his mouth is. If he TRULY wants this to happen, then he has to make it happen. I actually like his outline though. It doesn't completely eliminate non-BCS schools or non-champion BCS schools, but it sure as shit makes it harder for them to get in. And that is just the way that it should be.
So there. I have always supported the current format of the bowl system but now I'm starting to lean toward a tournament featuring "The ELITE of the ELITE". They should TOTES call it that. It's time to get something done instead of just talking about how it's time to start talking about getting things done. Thoughts?