I was listening to The Tim Brando Show today and he had Roy Kramer on to talk about the possibility of a new four-team playoff in college football. Kramer, the former SEC commissioner, is the father of the BCS.
He brought up some good points about the possibility that you would have to be a conference champion to play in the Plus-One Playoffs. One of them was that this system would not eliminate controversy.
The more I started to think about it, the more I realized it might actually create more controversy.
Think what would have happened this past season if conference champions were the only teams that could play (and they played the first games on campus sites). The playoffs would have looked like this with BCS rankings:
No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 1 LSU.
No. 5 Oregon at No. 3 Oklahoma State.
The teams that finished Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 7 wouldn’t qualify because they didn’t win their conferences (neither did 8 or 9).
So let’s say they played it out and Oregon won the championship. How many AP voters would pick Alabama No. 1 if they blew out some team in the Sugar Bowl?
Sounds like a mess to me.