Monday, December 15, 2008
We've all seen a post or two about what would happen if the BCS ran the NFL. But like last year I will again be taking the opposite view and looking at what would an NCAA Playoff Look Like if it built like the NFL's post season.
First step is figuring out what to do with the divisions. The NFL has 8 divisions and 12 playoff teams while the NCAA has 11 conferences so you have to make some sort of move there. So I'm going with 3 conferences getting the axe and the remainder will be associated with an NFL Division. I decided to eliminate the Sun Belt, Conference USA and the MAC. I've aligned the divisions as such.
NFC East: Big East, NFC North: Big Ten, NFC South: Big 12, NFC West: WAC
AFC East: ACC, AFC North: Mountain West, AFC South: SEC, AFC West: PAC 10
Next the playoffs are set the exact same way as the NFL. 6 teams per conference, 4 division winners and 2 wildcards. The seeding will be done using NFL tie breaker rules. Conference championship games will be ignored as they do not universally apply and would be eliminated if gone to this scenario.
1. Boise St. (12-0): Undefeated Boise St. gets the #1 seed.
2. Oklahoma (11-1): Oklahoma and Texas Tech win the tie-breaker over Texas thanks to overall conference record as Oklahoma has a win over Cincy and TT has a win over Nevada. Then when it breaks down to 2 teams it reverts back to head to head and Oklahoma takes the tie-breaker.
3. Penn St. (11-1): Penn St. wins the NFC North but loses the tie-breaker for the bye to Oklahoma due to strength of Victory.
4. Cincinnati (10-2): Champs of the NFC East
5. Texas Tech (11-1): As stated before the Red Raiders win the tie-breaker over the Longhorns so they get the 5th seed.
6. Texas (11-1): The Longhorns still manage to get the final NFC playoff spot.
1. Utah (12-0): Undefeated Utah narrowly gets the top seed as the tie-breaker came down to Strength of Victory and Utah's out of conference wins. Thanks to Oregon St., the Utes came out with a better winning percentage than did their competition.
2. Alabama (12-0): Again the conference Title Games are eliminated from consideration so the Crimson Tide and not the Gators are the AFC South Champs.
3. Southern California (11-1): The Trojans easily win the AFC West.
4. Georgia Tech (9-3): Unlike in College the #1 tie-breaker is overall record, so that immediately eliminates VT and FSU with 4 losses. The two left are then BC and GaTech and Tech advances thanks to their week 2 victory.
5. Florida (11-1): The Gators don't get their division crown, but still manage to get a favorable Wild Card Spot.
6. TCU (10-2): TCU advances to the 6th spot over BYU thanks to their head to head victory.
Here is your complete Bracket:
Each winner will be decided using votes. The Voting Periods Will be as follows.
Wildcard Vote: Dec 15th-Dec 22th
Divisional Vote: Dec 22th - Dec 29th
Championship Vote: Dec 29th - Jan 5th
Superbowl Vote: Jan 5th - Jan 9th