Monday Night Open Thread

Those of us that follow college football are arguing over the College Football Playoffs. Georgia fans, such as me, aren’t happy that the Bulldogs were left out. Yeah, we’ve heard all the arguments. We still think UGA is one of the four best teams. So there.

Every year since 2006, when the BCS or CFP pairings were released, I posted what the playoffs should be. And, I’ve been right every time. The reason I’ve been right is simple: It’s a way that solves every question about the college football national championship.

Briefly, here’s what it is: All ten conference champions and the six highest ranked teams that didn’t win a conference title, are paired off, and the last team standing is the champion. The ten champs are seeded 1-10, and the others are 11-16. Low seed plays at high seed in the first two rounds.

Here’s what this year’s first round would look like:

Penn State (16 seed) at Alabama (1 seed)
Louisiana State (15 seed) at Clemson (2 seed)
Florida (14 seed) at Oklahoma (3 seed)
Michigan (13 seed) at Ohio State (4 seed0
Georgia (12 seed) at Central Florida (5 seed)
Notre Dame (11 seed) at Washington (6 seed)
Northern Illinois (10 seed) at Fresno State (7 seed)
Alabama-Birmingham (9 seed) at Appalachian State (8 seed)

The losers are still bowl eligible. The winners play again the next week in the quarterfinals. The semifinals would be New Year’s, just as today. The finals would be the week after, just as today.

If you want to talk about that here, fine. Go ahead. Or, limit that discussion to my little blog. Here, we’ll talk about what every you want. After all, it’s Monday Night Open Thread.

What’s on your mind?

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  1. It’s all about the money. Who would honestly pay to see a 2nd round match-up between Alabama and Appalachian State, or Fresno State and Clemson. Both of those games would be over by the coin flip.

    Six teams is plenty. No one ranked 7 or less would have had a shot in any previous system, nor do they deserve one now. 1 and 2 get byes. 3 vs 6, winner plays 2. 4 vs 5, winner plays 1. Two winners square off. Done deal. Ohio State and Georgia would both be in this year, and these would be two extra solid games.


  2. There are 32 NFL teams and playing a 16 game season and there is plenty of argument every year as to which team truly is the best.

    There are FOUR TIMES that many Division One teams playing only 12 games a season. It’s simply NOT POSSIBLE to come up with a scheme to truly determine which team is the best for that season. So NOBODY’s method of determining the champion will ever be acceptable.


  3. Too long of an answer for this site.

    Part 1.

    Football has too short a season to shake out the “Best” team or narrow them down sufficiently to even think about a playoff system. College is worse than the NFL in that regard. On any given day a bad team can beat a much better team. But it is one and done and them’s the breaks. Also the wear and tear of playing the game preclude extending the number of games far enough to usefully create a collection of all the best candidates for any playoff system. Basketball tries but even now, what, 68 team field still leaves enough “Quality” teams out for the NIT and you get the problem mentioned above. Blow out loses in the early rounds from totally mismatched teams.


  4. Part 2.

    The only real solution is to extend the division system so that you can have championships at more levels where the teams are more closely equivalent to each other. You already got Divisions I-AA, II and III you could grade them further. If you created a super division of the top 32 teams for each year, create a double elimination all season tournament you may end up with a better “Selected” National Champion. You could keep it fresh by doing what soccer leagues do and move the worse teams from any year down a division and bring up the best teams from a lower division to compete next year. The downside is that with the short term player availability [4-5 year max] good teams one year may not be good teams the next. Maybe that can be worked out but the problem is there. I suppose an argument will be that the same 32 teams are always competing for “The Big One” but how is that any different from what we got now?


  5. minor league football should be treated as what it is, a business, and completely severed from the communist indoctrination centers who thrive only because the sports support them. Like baseball.



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