And just like that a pretty quiet news day just blew up!
We all know that the BCS committee and not the NCAA is driving the football side of things so if they recommend a playoff then they will get a playoff.
Four is a good number, you can't play football like hoops. You cant ask these kids to play three games in seven days so with four teams you're only adding one more week to the bowl season.
BCS recommends four-team playoff format for 2014 - CBSSports
The proposed playoff models, not specified by the BCS, likely will include:
- A four-team playoff with the semifinals and final rotated among the existing BCS bowl games (Sugar, Fiesta, Orange and Rose).
- A four-team playoff with the semifinals rotated among the existing BCS bowl games with the final held at a neutral site. The site of the final would be determined by a bid process, similar to how the Super Bowl is awarded.
- A four-team playoff with the semifinals and final held at either the existing BCS bowl game sites or neutral sites, determined by a bid process.
Basically right now the fight is not weather or not to have a playoff of the top four teams, it's fighting about *where* they will play. With "saving the bowls" in mind I have to think that the best option would be number one. You can preserve, as much as possible, the conference match-up's of those bowls, while allowing for a playoff.
The fly in the ointment is selection. What do you do with a #4 from a non AQ conference? If thats your concern then perhaps number three is the best choice.
Do you go strictly by BCS points or do you let the "bowls decide"?
The mothership has some great ongoing up to date coverage of this and like all things SBNation its going to do a btter job staying on top of things than the older, slower, duller outlets... ;)