Since being formed in 1998, the Bowl Championship Series has been a topic of debate within many college football circles. The discussion typically turns to whether the NCAA should turn to a traditional playoff system or stay with the bowl games that have been around since 1902.
Seattle broadcaster, Jonathan West thinks he may have developed a “Best Of Both Worlds” scenario. The general idea is to have a 12 team playoff system based upon BCS rankings while keeping bowl games for the teams that do not qualify.
The system is fairly simple and is based on that of the NFL with the top four teams receiving a bye in the first round. Teams five through eight would play host to teams nine through twelve, highest playing lowest. The games would be on campus and on prime time television. Having the game on campus would maximize attendance in the stands and being slotted in prime time would allow for big advertising money to be made by the networks.
One thing I noticed, and like, is any team advancing beyond the first round is guaranteed at worst a BCS game. A team losing in the second round or in the semifinal round is then placed in a BCS game against either another team that lost or an automatic qualifier that did not qualify for the playoff system.
The second round of the play would see the four teams that had byes host home games in prime time against the four teams that advanced through the first round. For a second consecutive week you would have games with high attendances and high television ratings. This is also the week when teams who did not finish in the top 12 would begin playing bowl games.
The winning teams would again advance to play a highest vs. lowest semifinal round. These two games would be played at neutral locations giving no home field advantage to either team.
The two finalists would have a two week break before playing in the BCS National Championship. In between you would play the BCS games and a few remaining traditional bowl games.
The system that Mr. West has developed makes sense. He has clearly invested many hours to put together a system that not only makes sense on the field, but in the wallets of the guys making the decisions. The NCAA is always looking to make more money, and this not only does that, but it will give us a true National Champion. Judge for yourself by reading more about it here:
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