Today's featured comment comes from Shoreman, who agrees with me that the current BCS system ought to remove the C from the acronym so there would be truth in advertising:
Shoreman's take: Pete, I'm in favor of a playoff system also. But how is an eight-team system going to work? There are 11 conferences and 4 independents at this level in college. Some proposals want to use the top eight BCS teams. Under that system you might get as many as 4 teams from one conference. To me the BCS ranking system is part of the problem and should not be part of the solution. Others propose using the 6 conference champions from the BcS conferences and 2 at larges. (Pac10, Big 12, Big 10, SEC, ACC and Big East). This could leave conference champions from the other 5 conferences out of the playoffs. Since UTAH plays in the Mountain West, they might not get in. I think its going to take aleast a 12 game playoff with 11 conference champions and one at large bid. This would take 4 rounds with 4 teams getting a 1st round bye. It could easily be expanded to 16 teams and eliminate the byes. I think an 8-eam system would only lead to a 12 or 16-eam system. I like that system but what do think?
Pete's reply: I think we all have to accept the fact that no matter how many teams are involved, there will be controversy on the fringe. If it was eight teams this year, there would still be a Boise State-type team sitting at No. 9. I think eight is the most workable number if you want to keep some of the traditional bowls, and I would still go with some kind of poll formula since the point is to end up determining the best team, not the best of the conference champions. I would also prefer just going back to a straight Bowl-and-Poll system to what we have now.
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