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Champs or Chumps? — A Remedy for the BCS Folderol

Posted in Uncategorized by snarkk on December 28, 2012

Alright.  BF is a Bowl-maniac.  That’s cool, but not for me.  But, he got me thinking about this BCS bullshit.  Yeah, they’re going to a 4-team playoff next year, but however they are selected, and I think some humans will be involved in the new method, won’t these top 4 be the usual suspects that still get respect they often don’t deserve?  SEC and Big 12 teams, most likely.  Pac 12 gets reamed again.  Stanfurd this year should have a shot at playing for the championship despite two losses (one stolen one), but instead will be kicking Wisconsin all over the Rose Bowl in a fairly meaningless “Grandaddy of Them All”.   I’ve got some college playoff ideas of my own.

First, the playoff system starts with 12 “Division 1” or whatever you want to call the big teams, qualifying.  The top 12 are selected by first using a point scale system (see below), with the most points being the most qualified, followed by yes, actual human choice.  A selection committee somewhat like (but, better) the NCAA basketball playoffs will be appointed using 24 college football writers from across the country (no east coast or SEC bias).  Put them and a keg of beer locked in a room for no more than 8 hours at the “Bud” room of the St. Louis “Courtyard by Marriot”.  Potty breaks allowed.  If there are ties for the 12 highest point totals (and there will be), the committee selects the top 12 based on the point total AND totally subjective info – like the teams with the best looking cheerleaders.  ;)

After selecting the top 12, the committee seeds them.  The lower 8 seeds play the first round, with the #5 playing the #12 at the #5’s place, etc.  The 4 survivors then play the 4 bye teams the next week, the bye teams all having home field, with highest seed playing the lowest, etc.  That round’s winners play round #3 = the Final Four, at the higher seeds’ home stadiums.  Then the two survivors of that play the Final Game for all the marbles at a neutral, warm city stadium.  Yeah, it takes four rounds.  So?  The lower divisions of NCAA football have a full playoff without players wilting and missing their classes, so the Division 1 can, too.  To argue otherwise is just Toilet Bowl protection talk, and has nothing to do with protecting the education of the “student-athuhletes”.

Here’s the ranking system.  Rank the BCS level teams based on objective performance on a point scale.  Severely penalize playing patsies and tomato cans, especially at your own house where such games are nothing but a payday for the sacrificial lambs that roll in.  No coaches poll – they play favorites and don’t know whatinhell is going on anyway.  No computer program that’s been coded by some wanker.  The writers use an HP calculator or Excel, along with some beer glass coasters.  The main premise is that you get more rewards for road wins than home wins, and more penalized for home losses than road losses, since you’ve blown your supposed home field advantage.  League wins and losses count more than non-league results. Here’s the deal.

+6  Road win against league opponent

+4  Road win against non-league, but BCS opponent

+2  Home win against league opponent.

+1  Home win against non-league, but BCS opponent.

0  Home win against non-BCS dogmeat (FCS) opponent.

-1  Road loss against league opponent.

-2  Road loss against non-league, but BCS opponent

-3  Home loss against league opponent

-5  Home loss against non-league, but BCS opponent.

-7 Home loss against non-BCS dogmeat (FCS) opponent.

Neutral site games are deemed road games.  Point totals are based on a 12 game season.  Extra, league championship game results are to be used only to assess seeding, not getting into the top 12.  Using this model, here are some point rankings for this year, through 12 games.  Since Notre Dame has no “league”, we’ll have to figure out a special ranking method for their wins and losses.  Maybe another keg of Fat Tire required for that.

Alabama  33

Oregon    35

Stanfurd   31

Kansas State  33

Cal  -14

Florida  31

The results very well could be that a good number above 12 teams regularly will get the same top aggregate ranking number or within 2 points of that number.  That’s OK.  The committee then decides who is worthy of the top 12 after the objective numbers weed out most teams.  Obviously, a 35 ranking number for Miami of Ohio might not be as worthy as a 35 for Washington or Texas A & M.  The writers will use their own subjective information to make the choices — like their experience seeing the teams, strength of schedule info and cheerleader cheesecake index (“CCI”).  I’d rather have 24 writers from all over the country decide who are the worthy top 12 out of 20 or 25, then play it off with seedings, than a computer decide the Final 2 out of 25, or whatever it is now.

Well, that’s my ranking method and playoff process for determining the NCAA football champs.  You got betta, and you probably do, go for it…

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  1. Flavor said, on December 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

    well I don’t have anything that comprehensive. This is well thought out and a good idea. I think the only problem is that the bad teams get penalized by losing at home AND losing on the road. And since there are always 3 or 4 bad teams in a conference, and the best teams don’t get to play them equally, that could alter the actual worth of a team’s season.
    I’m moderately down with a home loss subtraction but if Oregon comes into Stanford, and let’s say they’re ranked 5 and 7 nationally, and Oregon beats them, that seems to double penalize Stanford. I don’t think a team should get double penalized for losing a home game to one of the best teams in the nation.
    You know who else should get double penalized? Gary Nova—just for being a shitting QB. He’s the QB for Rutgers and he single-handedly turned a win into a loss last night. It was the worst QB performance I can ever remember seeing in a bowl game of a team I was rooting for. He was 17 for 40 with an unreal 3.2 Y/A. All of his passes were off balance and wild, I’ve got no idea how he completed 17 passes. Millen repeatedly mocked his passing mechanics. And his wildly thrown unnecessary interception, followed up by a fumbled snap, directly led to the loss. What a heartbreaking loss for a Rutgers D that was dominant…..
    Anyway, fuck Gary Nova. I’d like to punch him in the face. Twice. That’s his double penalty handed down from the tip top of Mount Shady………
    Here’s an article about the Rutgers coach’s blind commitment to this chump:

    http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2012/12/rutgers_looks_lost_against_vir.html

    I know almost none of you care about this, but it’s my way of venting frustration that I unfortunately won’t be able to take out on Nova personally. :) :) :)

    • Macdog said, on December 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Let that be a lesson learned: Never trust Rutgers. But yeah, if not for that INT by Tur-Nova, there’s a good chance Rutgers wins it. And he must’ve had about 4-5 other passes that were almost picked. Brutal game all around. I don’t like the college OT, but in this case that was the only way these teams were getting to the 25.

  2. zumie said, on December 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    That’s impressively in-depth, Snarkk. I like a system that doesn’t have a bunch of teams waiting around for a MONTH to play their next game.
    —-
    Quite a Sac Kings game last night. The Kings had a 27 point lead over the Knicks at one point, then proceeded to BLOW that lead, and with the Knicks up by 2 points and time running out, the Kings hit a 3-pointer to win at the buzzer.
    —-
    It’s pretty cool that there’s a bowl game at AT&T Park today. I’d like to go to that someday, and see a football game at that ballpark. It’s on at 1:00 today, I think. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. It’s a cool thing that the AT&T Park bowl is connected to helping people. I wish the two teams were of more interest to me, though. Navy vs. Arizona St.? Meh. It’s likely I’ll watch it, though. Mainly to see the ballpark. (grin)

    • eddacker said, on December 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I saw that game listed and thought the AT&T reference was a typo by the UK guy that puts the info in.
      And I feel the same way about the teams/game/park

  3. Bozo said, on December 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    All this talk of bowling, I just never knew you guys followed the PBA. Well hats off to Bill O’Neill for winning the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship.

  4. snarkk said, on December 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing to me that they can play football, monster truck rallies and big concerts at ATT, and the field isn’t screwed up so much that baseball is impacted. I guess they re-sod every Feb or March before the season, and it grows in and ready to play on before the April start of season. And, I have problems with weeds in my backyard, plus the Snarkkdog’s pee rings that rival the size of crop circles in England…

    • Bozo said, on December 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      That one year they had that failed football league team in there it was trashed (I don’t remember the team’s name and I think it was going into the second season at Pac Bell). I think the Giants were asking to begin the season on the road for awhile there because of the field getting trashed by some events.
      Now that they’re closing in on paying off the stadium (2017?), are they still putting a lot of events in the park? I sold my season tickets when I moved four or five years ago, so I don’t get all the stadium info now.

      • snarkk said, on December 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        I don’t think they do the monster trucks or motocross anymore, but I can’t say for sure. A couple of years ago at the fan fest the field was still in motocross mode with dirt hills and stuff, crazy. They still do the occasional rock concert, and the bowl game. The finals of the World Baseball Classic are coming mid-March, but that won’t damage anything…

  5. twinfan1 said, on December 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Whatever you proposed Snarkk, I’m definitely all for for it. I’ve only watched one bowl game so far, opting for “on demand” kitchen gadget shows. Did you all get your Vacu Vin Kiwi Guards, BTW?
    The game I watched was the Meineke Muffler Bowl, but I’m pretty pissed because I bought one of their mufflers and not only doesn’t it fit, it clashes with my Chesterfield coat, and won’t chop garlic…
    Anyway, I don’t even know who won, it was 24-24 when I switched to the Ron Popeil marathon…Happy New Year!
    ron

  6. willedav said, on December 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    snarkk is on the right track. There should be a way to quantify strength of schedule. Blowout wins vs. chump change teams need to be eliminated from the equation. There will always be disagreements based on teams final records, but as he points out 1-AA and the other lower divisions have been doing a playoff system for a long time. When was the last time Furd actually played? Start the playoffs right after last game for those teams eligible and go from there.
    Unless you really dig the peach pit bowl hosted by wassamatta U.

  7. eddacker said, on December 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

    cruising my ESPN TV schedule for a) bowl games and b) baseball replays I found this:
    Which of these Perfect Games from 2012 would you most like to watch again on Jan 23rd 2013?

    Matt Cain – Giants 10 v Astros 0 59%
    Felix Hernandez – Mariners 1 v Rays 0 29%
    Phil Humber – White Sox 4 v Mariners 0 12%

    It seems Matt’s is quite popular and for those of you that do not have it recordedd it may be a good watch during this long winter of our no-baseball. It is a vote poll on the espn tv schedule site here, you maybe able to find it and vote, too.


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