The Bowl Points System

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Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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  1. To pick nits… an eight-team playoff that arbitrarily takes the P5 champions and three of the G5 champions will only accelerate what I think will be the long-term outcome anyway: the P5 will take their ball(s) and go home, ie, play football outside the NCAA. Expanded to 16 teams each, the P5 can absorb the best of the independents and G5. The bowl system will fold instantly — without those 80 P5 teams, they’re out of business. When the NCAA screams, the P5 will simply offer to leave entirely. P5 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will deprive the NCAA of most of its budget.

    One side effect of the P5 playing football outside the NCAA is that they can formally become what they actually are: the farm system for the NFL. Not a true farm system with schools tied to individual NFL teams — keep the draft. Pay the players reasonably, and let them accumulate future scholarship “credits” that can be used at any of the P5 schools. I’d make the scholarship payout more generous than it is today. Say, one year on the team buys two years of scholarship.Report

  2. As much fun as this, the sad truth is the inevitable expanding of the playoff’s is not going to improve the sports. Watching the Alabama/Clemsons of the world crush some team by 20+ one or two more times a year isn’t going to improve ratings or the product. Most years it’s evident who the top three or four teams are. This year there is no reasonable debate that the two best teams are playing. Far more pressing issues for college football is southern regional domination hurting the ratings, continued NCAA incompetence/scandal, and the fact that by next year most of the 1st round of the NFL draft will be skipping the meaningless non-playoff bowl games.Report

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