Bowl Championship Series Modifications


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Bowl Championship Series Modifications

  1. 2. <ul><li>Modify the current BCS system so that all FBS members have a legitimate opportunity to contend for a national championship. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the bowl system. </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve and enhance the regular season. </li></ul><ul><li>Dilute the influence that media interests have in determining the national champion. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Regular Season/Conference Championships </li></ul><ul><li>12-Team BCS Playoff/Bowls </li></ul><ul><li>Other Bowls </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>14 weeks to play 12 regular season games and conference championship games </li></ul><ul><li>Final week of August through final Saturday in November </li></ul><ul><li>Teams in conferences with championship games would have 13 weeks to play 12 games and would have one bye. </li></ul><ul><li>Teams in conferences without championship games would have 14 weeks to play 12 games and would have 2 byes. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>12 Teams selected the day following the final Saturday in November </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 Champions from BCS conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Champions from the highest rated non-BCS conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 At-large bids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First priority – Remaining undefeated teams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Second priority – Remaining highest ranked teams in BCS standings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Seeding/Byes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams would be seeded 1-12 based on BCS standings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeds 1-4 would get a first round bye. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><ul><li>Round 1 – Held on campus of higher seed the first Saturday in December </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 1: Seed 9 at Seed 8 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 2: Seed 10 at Seed 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 3: Seed 11 at Seed 6 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 4: Seed 12 at Seed 5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Round 2 – Held on campus of higher seed the second Saturday in December </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 5: Winner Game 1 at Seed 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 6: Winner Game 2 at Seed 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 7: Winner Game 3 at Seed 3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game 8: Winner Game 4 at Seed 4 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>BCS Semifinals – Held Jan 1/Jan 2 in a rotation among the traditional BCS bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semifinal #1 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semifinal #2 – Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BCS Championship Game – Held 7 days after the 2 nd semifinal at the site of the BCS Bowl that had first selection of the available BCS semifinals. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>6 Bowls involved (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, TBD1, TBD2). </li></ul><ul><li>Two current non-BCS bowls would be elevated to BCS status. </li></ul><ul><li>The four traditional BCS bowls would rotate hosting BCS Semifinals. </li></ul><ul><li>In any given year, two traditional BCS bowls would host BCS Semifinals. The other four BCS bowls (two traditional, two newly elevated) would host games involving the eight teams not advancing to the BCS Semifinals. </li></ul><ul><li>The four traditional BCS bowls would rotate selection priority similar to the current system. </li></ul><ul><li>The traditional BCS bowls not hosting a BCS Semifinal would have partner conferences as now. </li></ul><ul><li>The bowls not hosting BCS Semifinals would rotate selection priority. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Rose Bowl should maintain its traditional New Year’s Day time slot. </li></ul><ul><li>In years where the Rose Bowl hosts a BCS Semifinal, the other BCS Semifinal would be played immediately following the Rose Bowl. </li></ul><ul><li>In years where the Rose Bowl does not host a BCS Semifinal, the first semifinal would be played immediately following the Rose Bowl. The second semifinal would be played the next appropriate night </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>All non-BCS bowls would continue to co-exist. </li></ul><ul><li>As bowl eligible teams are released from BCS consideration, they would be free at that time to accept bowl bids from non-BCS bowls. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Every team in FBS would control its own destiny with regard to the ability to win a national championship. Never again would a team end a season with no losses, but yet be denied the title of national champion based on opinion polls. </li></ul><ul><li>The current bowl system is enhanced… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The quality of play in the BCS Championship game will no longer be hampered by month long layoffs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due to hosting BCS Semifinals, the four traditional BCS bowls are guaranteed a compelling game at least every other year. In the current system, it is common for even BCS bowls to be an afterthought to the BCS Championship game. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two bowls will be elevated to BCS level and will thus increase in stature and visibility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All other bowl games can continue to exist and reward teams with good seasons without being subject to criticism as the system preventing crowning a true champion. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>The integrity and importance of the regular season is enhanced. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More compelling intersectional matchups would be scheduled since out of conference losses wouldn’t eliminate BCS conference teams from championship consideration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A greater number of games would have bearing on the ultimate national champion due to the inclusion of non-BCS conferences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An outstanding regular season is rewarded by providing a first round bye and a second round home game. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>December playoff rounds… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide on campus excitement. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would be attractive to television. Currently, there is a noticeable void the second Saturday in December. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow fans to see teams from schools they rarely play. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefits players…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Puts the game in their hands. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potentially shortens the season by a week for all teams not making the BCS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides the opportunity for players making the BCS to get stipends for multiple games. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides more national exposure to players in the BCS. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>The influence of media on selecting the national champion will be greatly diminished. Rankings, while still important, will not be determinative. That is critical as we enter an era of higher priced TV contracts where some individuals voting in the polls will have a vested interest in the rankings of teams they cover. </li></ul><ul><li>The winner of the BCS Championship Game would be unanimously recognized as the deserving national champion of college football and would not have its moment dampened by ongoing controversy and legitimate complaints by teams snubbed by the current system. </li></ul>