A modest proposal

Note: cross-posted on Conquest Chronicles while I am helping to mind the store over there…

Just as someone once said that everyone complains about the weather, but no-one does anything about it: the last stretch of the college football season is like a wet Wednesday in Glasgow, everyone’s got something to complain about.

What chaps my ass about all of this BCS MNC business is the bleating about whether or not a team “deserves” to be in the BCS bowl picture… Deserves? A sport filled with statistics and metrics and god knows what, and we have this grade school business about “deserves”?

That doesn’t cut it. I am sometimes tempted to say the hell with a playoff system, and just go back to the entirely subjective olden days of bowls — rather like this impressive cri de couer as posted on EDSBS.com by someone rejoicing in the name Colonel Krunk (Whaaaaaaaat? Yeeeeeeeeeeahhhh!)

However, I think I want something a bit more definitive, therefore playoffs. But not an arbitrary 8 team format, where rankings come into it. And not a single-elimination approach (like European soccer association cups for instance) because part of the fabric of college football is the regional rivalries represented by the conferences.

I imagine that this has been suggested already, but what I would like to see is the top two teams from each of the BCS conferences plus a couple of others (to round out the numbers) get seeded based on strength of schedule, strongest against weakest and gradually meeting in the middle — and then play single game elimination. The goal would be to maintain some shred of tradition while getting subjective aesthetic rankings out of the way.

Anyway, if you were to run this today, you’d end up with the following:

Based on today’s data:

Team Strength of Schedule
USC 78.89
Cal 77.94
Florida 75.44
Louisville 73.47
Michigan 72.85
Texas 71.18
Ohio State 70.55
Nebraska 69.73
Rutgers 68.50
GA Tech 68.49
Wake Forest 67.28
BYU 67.28
Arkansas 66.89
Utah 65.71
Boise State 64.47
Hawaii 61.21

And hypothetically it could play out like this:

playoff-bracket-v1.jpg

Is it obvious that Notre Dame would be forced to get into a conference to make this happen? Hope so, it’s by (vindictive) design.

So what do you think? Just how full of shit am I?

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