With all the hoopla surrounding today's announcement I like many fans of Georgia Southern Football find myself both excited and maybe a little sad. Excited for the future of course but sad knowing we are leaving behind some great rivals like Furman and Woffard plus a playoff system that has been very good to us in the past.
FBS is better, I get it, but you know what would make it even better? A 14 team playoff. This football fan thinks that a 14 team playoff which would be inclusive of all the FBS conferences would make for a very profitable spectacular. Why 14 teams and not 16? Well as I sat pondering what a large scale playoff would look like in FBS I came to the conclusion that the major BCS schools would balk at anything resembling a fair playoff so my solution was to make it unfair for the little guys.
How would it work? First of all all 10 FBS conference champs would get automatic bids. The remaining 4 spots would be awarded at large. I propose that 4 current BCS conference champs get a 1st round bye. That would be the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 champs. The remaining field would be made up of the conference champs from the ACC, Former Big East, 4 at large bids plus two play in winners from the MAC, Sun Belt, C-USA and Mountain West.
The first round (play in) would be held at existing bowls the 2nd week of December:
Buffalo Wild Wing Bowl: Mountain West champ vs MAC champ
Music City Bowl: C-USA champ vs Sun Belt champ
The second round of the playoff would be held the 3rd week in December and those 4 games would be played at existing bowls.
Gator Bowl: ACC champ vs at large
Outback Bowl: Wild Wing winner vs at large
Capital One Bowl: Music City winner vs at large
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Former Big East champ vs at large
The third round of the playoff would be played the 4th week of December would also be at existing bowls:
Sun Bowl: Pac-12 champ vs round 2 winner
Sugar Bowl: SEC champ vs round 2 winner
Fiesta Bowl: Big Ten champ vs round 2 winner
Cotton Bowl: Big 12 champ vs round 2 winner
The semi-final games would be played the 1st week of January at existing bowls:
Rose Bowl: Sun Bowl winner vs Fiesta Bowl winner
Orange Bowl: Sugar Bowl winner vs Cotton Bowl winner
The National Championship Game to be played the 2nd week of January featuring the Rose Bowl winner vs the Orange Bowl winner.
Not a perfect plan but at least the egos of the biggest BCS conferences would still be intact and a sliver of hope would be granted the little guys.
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