Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Mountain West Conference Submits a Fascinating College Football Playoff Proposal

The Mountain West is asking not only for a BCS automatic bid (which they deserve, if only because of the tradition and historical success of many member schools) but also for a playoff. Here's the gist:

The league Wednesday unveiled a plan that would recast the BCS' four current bowls — FedEx Orange, Allstate Sugar, Tostitos Fiesta and Rose — as quarterfinals in an eight-team playoff, quadrupling the number of teams that get a shot at the national title. . . .

The Mountain West's proposal also would alter the way teams are placed for the BCS bowls, setting up a 12-member selection committee that would rank the top 25 at the end of the regular season and slot eight teams into a playoff format, with the ninth and 10th teams in a separate, new game outside the playoff.

It's not perfect, but I like it. This also is interesting:

The Mountain West plan would require all automatically qualifying leagues to post a .400 winning percentage over a two-year period in a minimum of 20 games against teams from other [BCS] conferences.


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