If I Were In Charge Of The College Football Playoff…

cfpWhat is college football without some controversy?  Even with a weak playoff system, there remains controversy.  This year Alabama slips into the College Football Playoff even without  having won the SEC Championship.  Yes, I know the arguments.  Strength of schedule, quality of opponents, etc.  I think college football would benefit greatly by simply adding four more teams to the playoffs and making it a criteria that the conference champions get automatic bids.

I am not in charge of anything but I’d like to imagine what I would do if I were the king of the college football world.  No, I don’t have a degree in college football playoff management or anything important but I have a pretty good idea on how to fix this issue with the playoff selections.

Here’s how it would look if the five major conferences were given automatic bids to my playoff system:

  • ACC:  Clemson
  • Big Ten:  Ohio State
  • Big 12:  Oklahoma
  • SEC: Georgia
  • Pac-12:  USC

Based upon the current rankings, these teams would get the three at-large bids:

  • Alabama
  • Wisconsin
  • Auburn

If my playoff system were in effect, then the quarterfinal round matchups would be:

  • Clemson vs. Auburn
  • Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin
  • Georgia vs. Alabama
  • Ohio State vs. USC

I am well aware that even with my system that there would still be controversy regarding the at-large bids.  Penn State and Miami would be arguing that they should be in; however, making the conference champions mean something would go a long way to making the playoff system better as well as adding at-large teams who would still be quality teams to get into the playoffs.

When you look at this eight-team playoff idea, it really doesn’t add much more to the season.

The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) also includes five other conferences such as the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Conference-USA, SunBelt and MAC but these guys should have their own division and their own playoff.  The only way you could include these guys would be if you expanded the playoff field to 16 teams but I don’t think that is something we are likely to see.

Arguments will abound on Alabama getting in without winning their conference championship and Ohio State being left out in spite of winning the Big Ten but giving all conference champions a berth in the playoffs would help.

 

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Bowl Name Games

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Yesterday, I was looking at the scores of bowl games while waiting in line at Walmart and saw that the Dollar General Bowl was being played.  I resisted the urge to break out of line and race home to watch it.

The Dollar General Bowl?  Really?

The sponsor-named bowl games have gotten out of hand in my opinion.  What happened to just the traditional Peach Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl?  Now they are preceded by some sponsor name.

Commercialized?  Ya think?

Bowl games started with the creation of the Rose Bowl game in 1902.  (Michigan beat Stanford 49-0.) The name “bowl” to describe the games came from the Rose Bowl stadium. Other cities saw the promotional value for tourism that the Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl carried and began to develop their own regional festivals which included college football games. The label “bowl” was attached to the festival name, even though the games were not always played in bowl-shaped stadiums.

Here is a list of some of the unique bowl games:

  • Bluebonnet Bowl – played in Houston from 1959-1987.
  • Little Caesars Pizza Bowl – played in Detroit from 1997-2013.
  • Glass Bowl – played in Toledo from 1946-1949.
  • Oil Bowl – played in Houston 1943, 1945-1946.
  • Pineapple Bowl – played in Honolulu 1939-1951.
  • Raisin Bowl – played in Fresno from 1945-1949.
  • Salad Bowl – played in Phoenix from 1947-1951.
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – currently played since 1997 in Boise.
  • Dollar General Bowl – currently played since 1999 in Mobile.

According to my research, these are some proposed bowl games for the future:

  • Austin Bowl – Austin, Texas
  • Medal of Honor Bowl – Charleston, SC
  • Myrtle Beach Bowl – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Melbourne Bowl – Melbourne, Victoria
  • Christmas Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
  • Dubai Bowl – Dubai, UAB
  • Ireland Bowl
  • Little Rock Bowl – Little Rock, AR
  • Toronto Bowl – Toronto, Ontario

States with the most major college bowl games:

  • Florida (9)
  • Texas (6)
  • California (4)

There are several other smaller college bowl games as well but not enough time to list them all.

Enjoy whichever bowl game your team is playing in over the next two weeks.  I just wouldn’t brag about my team winning the Dollar General Bowl.