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Old 12-07-2013, 10:26 PM
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next year we'll have a four team playoff. It's a step in the right direction but the ideal number is eight teams.

Here is how I would structure an 8-team playoff using this years season

5 major conference champions + 3 wild cards

I would keep the traditional bowl tie ins for the first round instead of seeding teams.

Round 1- All games on New Years Day

Rose Bowl -Stanford vs Michigan St
Orange Bowl- Florida St vs Central Florida
Sugar Bowl- Auburn vs Ohio St
Fiesta Bowl - Baylor vs Alabama

The only team I was unsure about was Ohio St. Would it be right to reward an Ohio St team that just lost their conference title game a spot in the playoff? But all the other teams I looked at had two losses and didn't even make it to their conference title game.

Round 2 re-seed teams according to rankings. Higher ranked team gets home game

Stanford @ Auburn
Alabama @ Florida St

Final at neutral ground

Auburn vs Florida St
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:40 AM
Location: Chicago
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i've stated this one here many times: I love your "8", but sure wish that there were 8 major conferences (with 12 teams each) with their champions automatically going into the tournament (with no wild cards)
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:07 AM
Location: Arizona!
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I still think the point I made about travel & logistics in this (very similar) thread
A Better Way To Do Things....

would be a major issue. Playing 3 weeks in a row, with short notice on travel, will be prohibitive for large fan bases to be able to attend... especially if it's all in early Jan right when classes are starting back up.

I think it's much more likely to work if you put the first round (of 8-team 3 round bracket) in early Dec.
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