The Commissioners of the 11 NCAA 1-A conferences, along with the AD of Notre Dame have created a playoff proposal that they will present to the university presidents in the coming months. The proposed system hasn’t had many details revealed, but will begin in January of 2014 (after the 2013 seasons) and is apparently leaning toward a “selection committee” of sorts.
Preference will be given to conference champions, but it will be hard to take biases out of the decision making. I know the BCS isn’t perfect by any means, but you can eliminate a lot of problems by making all the BCS formulas transparent to the fans, then placing the Top 4 in the playoffs at the end of the season. This gives the public a clear vision of who is better than who and then why, one of the major complaints about the BCS isn’t necessarily just it’s need to base who’s better than who on numbers, but the fact that we have no idea how these numbers and averages are calculated.
Still, a four-team playoff is a step in the right direction, decrease your probability of errors by expanding the field, instead of grabbing two teams to just play it out for the championship, grab four and let them duke it out for two weeks.
Other concerns? Neutral site semi-finals? Or semi-final matchups at the home team’s playing field? If you go neutral site do you base it on “Bowl Games”? For example, is one semi-final at the Orange Bowl and the other at the Fiesta Bowl? Are we going to do regionals? Do you allow cities to bid for the semis and the finals like the NFL?
What would you do and how would you work a BCS playoff? What is the best way to truly pick one champion out of 120 teams?