Tag:Pac 10
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:32 am

What happens in general in December Dream format

As it stands right now, the same would happen as currently is set by the BCS. We still have 6 BCS Conferences . . . are these six conferences willing to change a few more rules? We really do not know.

I suspect that the 6 BCS conferences will still get into one of the FIVE BCS Bowls that pay $18mil per participating team Money mouth.

That means the Automatic Qualifier [AQ] is still active. I would like to see a rule that says that the AQ must win their 12th game of the season to be in one of the FIVE BCS Bowls. I do believe this Qualifying round will allow a few other schools that are not one of the 6 BCS Conferences to prove that they can "dance" with the big boys by beating a highly ranked team to get into a BCS Bowl Game. We might even see a highly ranked team go to a National Championship Game. . . Utah had that possibility when they were ranked #6, and the only undefeated team . . . but they would have had to beat the #5 team, Southern California in their home field in Los Angeles.

This format would also have the other teams playing for a spot in the Final BCS Rankings. A #7, #8, #9 #10 team that could possibly be in consideration for one of these games could get knocked out, and a #11, #12, #13, #14, or even a #15 could be Ranked in the BCS Poll after these games, at a higher position. There are 4 "At-Large" teams to be considered for these FIVE BCS Bowls, and I do believe they should be the Highest ranked teams that are NOT already an AQ.

Don't forget, with a #1 v #2, #3 v #4, #5 v #6, #7 v#8, #9 v #10, etc. we will see some winners and losers. We already know who we THINK are the best from the Polls, and this will either prove that the polls were close or if the rankings are somewhat 'bunk'. And don't forget the best upside of this format, we get to see games between teams that would have NEVER have had the foresightedness to have scheduled. Surprised . . .And we have these teams play with minimal layoff of 6 or 7 days to a max of 13 dsays while they are in their end of season prime. This is sometimes lost when a team has a layoff of 30 to 40 days since their last game.
It would be rear to see the subjective choice of #1 and #2 who would play in the 12th unscheduled game of the season replay in the National Championship game, but if the score was sooooo close, [like a 7-6 score or even a 26-25 score, and/or extenuating circumstances], it could be possible.

And a benefit of having this unscheduled 12th game means 1 game less to schedule a cream puff team. If a conference has 9 conference games, and an unscheduled 12th game, there are only 2 games left for out of conference rivals.

As far as a formal playoff, don't hold your breath unless you come up with a solution that will enable it to happen BEFORE the Bowls, [the Bowls are sacared cows and cannot be used for a playoff as many of these schools [Presidents] would rather have the Bowls than Playoffs] and within the 12 games that the Schools have agreed to have as the maximum games permitted to be played. It's not the Athletic Directors, it's the School Presidents and Board of Directors who rule the roost. Sealed [but you didn't hear that from me]

Do check out my 4 pages of blogs at my profile page here at CBS Sportline, and you could also check out my book, December Dream . . . Qualifying for the Final BCS Rankings.

Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:26 pm

Q & A with Wildcatfan1 on playoffs . . .

Throwing out The BCS- A CFB Playoff in My World

Score: 116December 11, 2010 4:07 am
So Wildcatsfan,
for the record, My original response is in bold
                     your response in regular print.
                     and my retort in Italics

So you really believe and accept the voting of the Harris Pollsters, the Coaches, and the Computer average to be the total authority as to WHO IS #1 . . . and that it is without a doubt that these teams are the best.
Of course not. With that said, there's only little room to debate. The #8 ranked team in the final BCS has never been the best team in college football. Realistically I would say after the Top 5 ranked teams, there's no team worthy of a NCG argument in any year. So is there room for debate? Yes. Are they perfect? No. With that said, the coaches/AP in general are in the ballpark.

Since you somewhat agree to the polls being 'in the ballpark' then there is NO reason to even have a playoff, and at best a plus one, since there are really only maybe the top 5 that should be considered. That is one reason why my format, using the 12th game works so well. It has a prebuilt plus one scenario built in with #1 hosting #2, and #3 hosting #4, and even #5 hosting #6. With a very strong victory by a #5 [or#6 ] team, they could be swayed by the human pollsters to catipult them into a #2 position. Of course, #1 or #2 would have to have a stomping over their opponet, while #3 playing #4 proved to be a not so well played game that the voters decided that neither was worthy of a #1 or #2 position. This situation could be rear, but we have seen some interesting things in College Football. My point is, there IS NO NEED for ANY playoff. Especially with my proposal. It eliminates any question as to who of the top 4 are the best with a 12th game matchup and a BCS Bowl game.

By having the #1 hosting #2, #3 hosting #4, etc. we have teams of perceived equal strength play the game . We really do not know if they are equal unless they play. Maybe #2 IS better than #1 and so should be in that position. To say #1 has to defend their position by playing a #2, before the Bowls are announced, do let the teams play, and prove why they are worthy of #1 , and eliminated who they have played [like that 3rd game against St. Mary's of the Poor] to earn this position.
Yes, but what Im saying is if the #1 and #2 teams are without a doubt (hypothetically) more deserving of a NCG spot than anyone else, why should they play. Hell, look at last year for example, even with TCU, Boise, and Cincy going unbeaten, is ANYONE going to say that Alabama and Texas were WITHOUT QUESTION the two most deserving teams to play for the title based on how the season went and the challenges they faced? In your scenairio, they would have played and Bama (lets say for arguements sake they still won) would have faced maybe Cincy in the title game if Cincy beat the #4 team. Would that have been a better system? I'd say absolutely not.

So let's look at Florida where Urban Meyer petitioned the pollsters to gain the #2 position ahead of Michigan, since they had already lost to Ohio State in the regular season by 41-39. Aned let's look at Mack Brown who also petitioned the AP to vote for Texas to be in the National Championship game. Both cases, these Coaches LOBBIED to get the necessary votes to play in the National Championship game. These teams were NOT necessairily deserving by the methods they used to get there. . . but they did get there.
[By the way, because of the Mack Brown petitioning, this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, and that is why the AP is no longer a part of the BCS Rankings, at the request of the AP.] So were either of these teams really deserving? It is questionable, even today.

And a few years back, we have seen the 3 way tie, just ask Auburn, Southern Cal, and Oklahoma. . . and a few teams left out, just ask Kansas State.
An even better example. So in 2004, Auburn, USC, and Oklahoma went unbeaten. Auburn would have basically been given a gift pass to the title game to play USC because the top 2 teams played each other, while they got to play an inferior #4 team. How is that right?

The #4 team that year was Texas, with one loss to Oklahoma by a score of 12-0 [in the 5th game of the season]. Maybe a bit inferior to Oklahoma, but still a viable contender. As well as the 2004 season [ which I also used in my example] you might also consider 2003 with Oklahoma, LSU, and Southern California, all undefeated. That was the year Southern California was left out of the BCS National Championship Game, and was named the National Champions by the Associated Press. [3 Coaches also voted for Southern California in the Post Bowl BCS Votes] This would have never happened under my proposed system. The #4 team was a one loss Michigan, and they DID play Souther California in the Rose Bowl and Southern California won 28-14. Do you think my proposal works a bit better with this example?
[ #1 played #2 and #3 played #4 resulting in a split decision . . . ]

And let's not forget #3 Kansas State who was left out of the BCS in 1998 for #8 Florida as an at-large team. Undefeated #10 Tulane received no Bowl invitation, even though they were their conference Champion. And we did see the Kansas State rule created by the BCS.

And we now have a system to test teams like Boise State, whom some have said, they don't play the level of competition as do the six BCS conferences, and should not have a shot at the National Championship [NC]. This method gives them a proving ground to demonstrate that they can earn a spot in the BCS Bowls, and maybe even the NC Game. [when they don't lose to Nevada Surprised ]
False. Because to me it still doesn't show whether they can withstand the week to week grind. All that shows me is in the years they cruise through a terrible WAC conference, they can win ONE big game they have to play. Doesn't prove to me they can run the SEC like Auburn did. Doesn't prove to me they could run the BIG 12. A playoff would prove that if they had to win 3-4 straight games vs. top competition.

I guess we really won't know about Boise State, as they did lose to Nevada. But let's look back at Utah at the end of the 2008 season. Utah was ranked #6 and with no losses. the only other no loss team was Boise State ranked at #9. #1 Oklahoma, #2 Florida, #3 Texas, #4 Alabama and #5 Southern California were all one loss teams. With my proposed system, we would have seen Utah having the chance to prove that they can beat a team in my 12th game format, that would have been Southern California. In my opinion, with Utah beating Southern California that year, I am certain that they would have won the respect of the AP and Coaches and Harris Pollsters to have moved up to a #2 position to play for the National Championship game. My 12th game qualifier round is just that. . . a qualifier round. Win this game, and we know that not only does your record prove your team to be competent and together, and the other wins that you have acquired are now relevent. Thus, my system does let teams EARN their way into a BCS Bowl, and maybe even the National Championship game. 

I believe that my total proposal as described in my book will be the closest we will ever see to any playoff because it does a few items that the School Presidents will accept, in perserving the Bowl system, adding no additional games, and can still provide an additional profit center.
I firmly disagree. While your proposal might hit some ideas that presidents could agree to, I don't think you'll ever see them go away from the current system unless it is to go to a playoff system, similar to the one I proposed, maybe with only 8 teams at the start. But like all other D-1 NCAA sports, eventually a tournament will be the deciding factor for a national champion.

This is a moot point. They will NEVER go to a playoff system because of the monetary inequities of a bracketed playoff system. Even with a discussion of a plus one, the Big 10[11][12] and Pac 10[12] are ready to walk and keep their Rose Bowl and traditions alive and well without the other conferences. Don't blame the Commissioners of these Conferences, this comes from the Presidents and Board of Directors.

Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:33 pm

Conference playoffs may no longer be necessary

Thank you BBWVFAN for the lead in "Did every game count?" 

I want to say that one of the points of the system I have divised in my book, December Dream . . . Qualifying for the Final BCS Rankings www.bbotw.com does address this point by pointing out that Conference playoffs may no longer be necessary.

Conference playoffs are becomming a part of the mix, but in my opinion if we were to have a Qualifying Round with the 12th game of the season, we just may see that there is no need for a conference playoff game. As you may or may not recall, my system has #1 hosting #2, #3 hosting #4, #5 hosting #6, etc all the way down to #119 hosting #120, or at least as many teams as there are Bowl berths.

In my system, every game does count as the teams with the least amount of losses will be ranked higher in the BCS Rankings. The #6, #7,#8, #9 and #10 teams would all be in a position of 'must' win or they could be replaced with the winners from #11, #12, #13 , #14 and maybe even #15, who could advance in the BCS Rankings and secure a spot in the BCS Bowls. As it stands right now, just getting into one of the five BCS Bowls is a major plus for the Schools regardless of the results, because it assures they will receive the same paycheck, win or lose. Remember, the Goals of the School Presidents and Board of Directors is to get the paycheck, and if we win, that's the gravy. That seems to me to be the one reason why the School Presidents and Board of Directors allowed these six conferences to band together to assure that at least one of their Schools WILL be an automatic qualifier.

This could in effect have teams from the same conferene playing for a second time, but if you go back and check this formula, you will see that there are less than a handful of games where this happens. The beauty is that this does put a challenging contest of teams of PERCEIVED near equal strength playing one another. Whereas, the arguement of "well who did they play?" will be muted, because we will see the results of these games. . . and if both teams from a conference do win their games, we could possibly see these teams playing in a BCS Bowl that could be the justification of the 'former' conference playoff game.

Reality is, we will continue to see the Conference playoff games, and here it goes again, because of the MONEY and additional income for the Schools, Teams, and Conferences.

And regardless of what Dodd says, we could still see Ohio State and that School up North playing in a Conference Championship game. That School up North could lose to Ohio State and STILL be the winner of their division.

Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:59 pm

BCS Computers? SEC owned? Really! Part 2

BCS Computers? SEC owned? Really!

Score: 112November 9, 2010 2:12 am

I like the Computers . . . I think they are the best way to go.
The computers are programed, and do not change as a rule. There have been a few changes along the way, and this does not happen every year, but can be predicated when the BCS changes their stated criteria, and this has happened a few times since the start of the BCS. [growing pains lol]

A few of the computers do have have factored into their programs the basis of how the teams finished in the previous year BCS standings. One uses the preseason polls as a starting basis, and another uses all of the teams as being equal at the start. I think they should not be using the previous year as a starting point for the current years, and particularly NOT the preseason rankings.

Now don't forget, the Computer polls only make up one third of the total package of the BCS rankings. One third are the Harris Pollsters, and there could be some prejudices in their group, but the way it is set up for that is to have off setting people from all the conferences. I know that doesn't make anyone feel comfortable, but these people are all vouched to be good at picking unbiased, and without personal preferences. Surprised[Last year even Terry Bradshaw was one of the Harris Pollsters]. And it is my understanding that these Harris Pollsters are committed to watch some games, but I don't recall how many.

Now we have the third group, the Coaches. Now we all know they see at least one game each week, the one they are coaching lol.
Now I want to direct you to go back to the USA Today newspaper, last December, on the Thursday or Friday after the last BCS Rankings. They publish all the Coaches final poll for the BCS Rankings. It is the ONLY published and publicly reported vote by the Coaches. All the other votes throughout the years are not of public knowledge.Sealed This is also the Rankings that could influence which teams get to go to which, or should I say, the Higher Paying Bowls. . . You can bet your bottom dollar [ no pun intended] that a few of these Coaches will help other teams in their conferences by voting the other teams in their conferences a bit higher than the AP polls would maybe rank the same team.

WHY? If a conference team goes to a bowl, the monetary gains are shared with the conference.

I think ALL the Coaches polls should be published, and maybe they should not be a part of the BCS formula. . .  I'd settle for either, or, too. Wink

Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:53 pm

BCS Computers? SEC owned? Really!

BCS Computers? SEC owned? Really!

Score: 115November 14, 2010 2:12 pm
1- Some of the computers DO have a built in bias with the start of their formulas. A few use the ending polls from last season and 1 or 2 use the preseason polls in their formula. I believe that Colley's Computer poll does not use either of these methods in his start up of the computer polls.

2- There IS some favortism by the Coaches polls and maybe even some in the AP polls, and only GOD knows if the Harris Pollsters even know what a football is.

3- A plus one you want? And then after that will you be satisfied? I think not. This would only accomadate the top four selected teams by partisan votes.

4- I have proposed the best way to satisfy most of the concerns is to have teams of perceived equal pairity play one another. #1 host #2, #3 host #4, #5 host #6, etc. all the way to #119 hosting #120, if it serves the purpose, or at least as many teams playing as there are Bowl Berths. I have proposed this to be the 12th game of the season. All teams schedule 11 games and leave the 12th spot open to wait and see WHO they will play, and who will host. These are the games we could have never had the forsightedness to have scheduled. These would also allow Titan to battle Titan, and let the teams play the games.

I have described this plan of action many times on this board, and have posted more descriptions on my profile page blogs here at CBS Sportsline, and I also have more details in my book, December Dream . . .Qualifying for the Final BCS Rankings

Yes you can argue why should #1 risk playing #2 for the pre-bowl qualifier, when they are #1 already, but the point is they are PERCEIVED to be #1 by the humans and the computers, at least most of the time, except for the 2003 BCS where the AP [still part of the BCS formula at this time] and Coaches had So. Cal #1, LSU #2, and Oklahoma #3, while the BCS rankings had Oklahoma #1, LSU #2 and So. Cal #3. All three teams were undefeated in this 3 way record tie. And that was also the last SPLIT DECISION where the BCS National Champion was LSU, while the Associated Press picked So. Cal as the National Champion.

My proposed plan WILL let Boise State, and TCU earn their way into the National Championship final game, and will unseat any team that is overrated. At the end of the 12th game we will have a better idea who is better than whom. The top 10 teams will all have better computer ranings due to the fact that they have beaten a highly ranked team, and the losers will not be so displaced by losing to a higher ranked team. A #3 team that loses may fall to a #7 or #8 position, but still get into a BCS Bowl.

Let's face it, it is all about the money and the 5 BCS Bowls all pay the same. In my eyes, there are 10 winners going to Bowls, and the pay is the same. We might also consider elimination of Automatic Qualifiers if they don't win this 12th game, but that's another issue.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:30 am

Computer Pollsters, and some of their basis . . .

A few of you have made some remarks about the Computer Pollsters, and I have a chapter in my book December Dream . . . Qualifying for the Final BCS Rankins which discusses their methods. Of course you may do the research I did, and come up with your own conclusion. I would suggest you cut and paste this for your long term memory, or just buy my book and get all of the remarks, lol Cool, but these are a few segments from my book for your use and information. . .

The Sagarin Poll

Pre-season polls do provide a starting point that can be used by the computer process, as no one really knows who is going to win all or most of their games each season. . . This basis becomes unusable as teams begin to create a record that is more reliable than the pre-season guessing that formulated the pre-season poll, and then the actual records are applied with a recognizable basis to apply to the actual formula. The pre-season poll is usually a biased slant based on the previous years record and returning experienced players. The first few games and subsequent games add to the actual team's performance.

 AndersonSports by Anderson and Hester

It is apparent that this pollster is straight to the points that go into the computer ranking. This formula also ties the conferences into the rating system. A big plus or minus, depending if your in a conference that wins or loses most of their out of conference schedules. And, whereas Sagarin uses the top 10 and 11 to 30 for comparison, Anderson and Hester uses the top 10 and 11 to 25 for comparison.

Billingsley Dynamics by Richard Billingsley

This pollster has a different point of view of assessing point values to teams than the other polls. The first significant difference is the pre-season polls. Mr. Billingsley does not acquiesce to accepting the pre-season polls, but starts each season based on last year's finishing polls to assess his starting values to each team. It is a simplistic system that gives each team opportunity to gain points, based on the opponents they beat, and the points acquired to date, by that opponent. It's pretty obvious that you gain more points by beating a team with a better win loss record. Strength of the opponent determines how many points can be accumulated with a victory. And as the season goes long, the opponent's point values rise, thus giving more emphasis to a team's most recent victory.


Mr. Billingsley further states that unlike most systems who use wins and losses to calculate strength of opponents, while his uses a unique twist by applying the opponent's rank and rating. An undefeated team has a ticket to the top 10 as they receive “full earnings” of their opponent's value. A loss on the other hand, allows for a deduction percentage. As the loss column increases, the handicap grows and the only fix is to beat a higher ranked team.

Mr. Billingsley also puts some slight consideration value on where the game is played and the average fan attendance. A capacity crowd in a 40,000 seat stadium will bring a better value than a 20,000 attendance in a 60,000 seat venue.

The Cooley Matrix by Wesley N. Colley Ph.D.

Mr. Colley states that his Colley Matrix: 1- has no bias towards conference, tradition, history, etc. [and hence, has no pre-season poll]; 2- it is reproducible and one can check the results; 3- uses a minimum of assumptions; 4- uses no ad hoc adjustments; 5- none-the-less adjusts for strength of schedule; 6- ignores runaway scores; and, 7- produces common sense results that can compare well to the human polls.


Mr. Colley states many advantages to his computer matrix system. His rankings are based only from the results on the field. He uses no pre-season poll, and all teams start from the same basis, and allows no bias from opinion, past performances, tradition or other possible sources. Strength of schedule has a strong influence on his ranking system. . . Winning margins have no effect on this system, as do game locations and weather factors.

The Massey Ratings by Kenneth Massey


[My remarks are based on Mr. Massey's August 15<sup>th</sup> 2000 Theory. I requested permission to add this in the Appendix, and Mr. Massey said, “It is outdated, and doesn't refer to the rating system I submit to the BCS. I have two sets of rankings. The one described in your text [my following remarks] you copied [for Mr. Massey's permission] was used until the BCS mandated that margin of victory couldn't be used. I did not ever post any description of that alogrithm.”]


The Massey Rating states what is used, and not used in their computer model as such: based on win-loss outcomes relative to schedule difficulty; early season ratings will fluctuate significantly until a sufficient number of games have been played; teams not connected by a schedule graph are rated as isolated groups; these rankings are used in the BCS; these rankings use the MOV formula; and, margin of victory is not used and ratings do not reflect point differential. 

This system does take into consideration the home field advantage, while disregarding the crowd noise, surface, day or night, or weather conditions. . .  This system does measure the ability to score points, but does not distinguish how the points were acquired. . . The schedule of strength is the only representative of games played and depends on where the game is played. . . . The GOF  [Game Outcome Function]

distinguishes between a 10-0 win and a 50-40 win, as a close high scoring game is likely to have more variance and less likely to be dominated by either team. A low scoring game may indicate a defensive struggle or poor game conditions.

Peter Wolfe

This computer system rates all varsity teams at 4 year colleges that can be connected by mutual opponents. If the team's opponents are not comparable, being a community college, JV team, etc., then they are not counted, but the game location is taken into account. This system also rates teams on a won loss record, and not does not take into consideration run up scoring.

 And lastly, a few of my comments included:  Colley seems to be the only pollster that presents all the formula of his ranking methodology, so you may duplicate his system, and check his validity. The other pollsters leave some of their details left to this writer's imagination. All pollsters do give some literate input as to some of the specific that makeup the computer mix, like team record, location, strength of schedule, etc., but it seems that each of these items do have the possibility that each of the pollsters are looking at these categories slightly different, or at least with variables in their subsets.

Yes, they do have biases, but remember, their biases don't change. They are set for the entire season. Ther real question is, How can a team set their particular game plan to satisfy ALL of the preset biases of all the Computer Pollsters?

Posted on: June 20, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 12:54 pm

Playoff, money, Bowl system remaing intact . . .

My system incorporates a type of playoff, and it will keep the money, and even add additional monies to the system while keeping the Bowl system intact. It will keep the total number of games at 12, which is what the Colleges and Universities desire.

The regular season is a sort of playoff. There are few teams that survive the gambit of 12 gruling games, riddled with injuries, replacements, and even carrying that target on your back as a team goes unscathed through the regular season.

There is no fair and equitable solution in picking a true #1 team, but the closest thing we have doing an unbiased ranking are the computers, and they are one third of the BCS ranking. The computers have no prejudices or moral issues with any team. They are unswayed by human emotions, needs, wants, and desires. And most of all, the Computers are consistant in their ranking procedures.

Let me make sure your not thinking that only the computer imput should be looked at in this decision making process for ranking teams, but we must recognize that as long as people pollsters are also voting, they have agendas and prejudices. I do believe that the BCS ranking is a close proximity as to the rankings of the best teams of College Football, and to institute a playoff would be, in essence, killing off the bowl system as we know today, and a ruining of the "sacred cow", or in this case the "cash cow".

Like everyone who wants a playoff system, I too would like to see the best play the best. I do think some of the human pollsters are guilty of prejudices [and I cite some of this in my book], and that is why I do think we need to separate the condenders from the pretenders..

I think the BCS is the best alternative to any playoff, which will NOT, in my opinion make the dollars that the bowls make for the schools, teams, and conferences. That is why I devises a non-playoff system that would pit titan against titan, and really give us not only the flavor of a playoff, but the harsh reality of who is really worthy of being in the top ranking as the true #1 and #2 team to play in the National Championship game.

The biggest arguement that I hear ever year is . . . Well who did they play? And with my system we let them play the game! Teams of perceived equal strength play one another, and the winning team will, in essence, advance. A #4 or even a #5 team could ultimately end up playing in the National Championship game with my system, and the biggest benefit will be for the viewer, the fan!

I want to say it just one more time. . . 11 game scheduled regular season; a 12th game of the regular season will be based on the BCS Rankings with #1 hosting #2; #3 hosting #4; #5 hosting #6; etc. and this can go to #69 hosting #70 [to qualify the teams that will be heading for a Bowl], or even #119 hosting #120 [if we want to include all Division I teams].

This is as good as a playoff as it will thin the condenders and the victors will step up a notch to be eligible for the bowl. A few teams may drop out of contention for the BCS Biowls, and a few more teams may rise to their just positions. The top paying bowls are the BCS bowls where the top 10 teams [subject to Automatic Qualifiers [AQ]] will play and earn the Big Bucks. And maybe after this 12th unscheduled game, the BCS may want to rethink AQ's if they lose their 12th game.

This could lead to some of the best football we would have NEVER had the foresightedness to have scheduled. This would present an equitible system in place, every bit as qualifying as a playoff system. And we still have the Bowl games . . .sorta' like having your cake . . . and eating it too!

If you have questions, go to my profile and read my blogs, or just buy my book of December Dream . . . Qualifying for the BCS Rankings available at www.bbotw.com in paperback for $10.95.
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:06 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 1:05 pm

titan against titan . . . then to the bowls

you are soooo correct about going back to 1964. . . those were the days when going to a bowl was a reward for a team's good play throughout the season . . .their REWARD!

and now the idea has spun into a format for challenging the teams to be prepared to continuing to play at top level in a championship scenario. and the reason the ROSE BOWL has, shall we say, been the 'grandaddy' of them all was because it paid more than 2 times the payout of any of the bowls. this in fact is one of the reasons the universities allowed the BCS to prosper and exist. . . you see, it's STILL all about the money.

the BCS proposition wanted to add the rose bowl to the mix so they could boost the amount of the other qualifying bowls to higher revenues. in 1968, i believe the rose bowl was paying out about $6 mil and the closest in dollar value was the orange bowl at about $3.5 mil.

all the other bowls paid substantially less. today we see the BCS bowls pay out about the same, no matter who or where. i dare say, if the rose bowl left the mix, it would again be a higher paying bowl than the other BCS bowls, and according to your plan, the pact between the big 10[11] and pacific 10 would remain in tact. a major plus for the rose bowl participants, but the other teams in the other bowls might again be licking their chops, so to speak as they will once again not be able to touch the biggest payout bowl, being the rose bowl.

i like your idea about their being 2 champions, as i know when some of the big 10[11] teams go to pasadena from the harsh cold and snow, and land in 70 degree weather where they actually see the sun, they sometimes forget why they are in southern california. i have won a few bets taking the pac 10 team and point against the big 10[11] team, and i am a big 10[11] supporter, but i also recognize the reality of the situation. as you may have also noticed is that generally most conferences were complete with their scheduels by thanksgiving weekend, and then stretched it out another week or 2 to include playoff. so now the college football season has gone about 16 or 17 weeks, not that every team plays every weekend, since some teams have a bye weekend or two in their schedule.

so now your plan has decided to encompass the Chick-fil-A, Outback, Capital One, Cotton Bowl, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange bowls. a total of 7 bowls. this means that 8 teams will suck up ALL the proceeds from 7 bowls. and with all due respect, do you think that the teams fans will follow to 3 different bowls? do you think there may be less dollars acquired by the hosting cities that sponsor these bowl via tourism dollars?

now remember. . . it is STILL all about the money. . . and you know, we are still going to see a team that hasn't played since the thanksgiving weekend play a team that hasn't played since the first [or second] weekend of december.

the best idea that i have seen in your plan is eliminate the conference title games.

so let's back this up with another perspective before the bowl games are picked. let's limit all teams to an 11 game schedule. all teams will have a predetermined schedule, and all games will cease by thanksgiving weekend. and on the first weekend of december, all the teams, 64 or all 120 for sake of arguement, but at least 4 teams more than bowl slots available. since we all want to see the best play the best, while all are still in top seasonal form, let's have #1 host #2, #3host #4, #5 host #6, and so on up to #69 hosting #70. then we pick who plays who in what bowl, and we keep the BCS in tact, and #3 texas may not be left out of the mix. . . that will have been settled. . .

so ok hosts fla, and texas hosts alabama, and so. cal hosts utah, and texas tech hosts penn st, and bosie hosts, ohio state, and tcu hosts cinn, and ok st hosts ga tech, and georgia host byu, and ore hosts mich st, and va tech hosts pitt. with these first ten matches, we will certainly see a 'first round' of the contenders.

this also eliminates the arguement of " well they don't play anybody [of stature]".

this pits equals against equals, and gets right to the crux of the situation. and still leaves all the bowls in tact.

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