- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2008


“World champions … World [bleeping] champions.” — the Phillies’ Chase Utley, shocking parents and children at last week’s World Series victory parade

TAKE YOUR PICK » When college football goes to a playoff system, what should the format be?

A. Four teams — This is basically the “plus one” system that is essentially in place with the extra BCS game. Teams would play their 12-game regular season and conference title games, with the top four schools in the BCS standings advancing to a final four format. This would add only one game to the schedule.

B. Eight teams — An eight-team playoff would require scaling back the regular season to 10 games (seven conference games and three nonconference games). After conference title games, the top eight teams in the BCS standings would advance to an eight-team playoff. The number of games would remain the same, but there would be issues with automatic berths for the major conferences because some unworthy teams would get in. The non-BCS schools would scream, and schedules would be unbalanced, but there would be no legitimate “academic opposition” since the number of games would remain the same.

C. 16 teams — This is the playoff employed by the Football Championship Subdivision. This isn’t going to happen for two reasons. First, the season would have to be lengthened because a team from a league with a conference championship game could play 15 games; the “academic opposition” would never agree to that. Second, allowing 16 teams into the playoff damages the integrity of the regular season.

Our take — College football is going to go the “plus one” system within the next few years. If BCS television rights holder Fox demands the format, the leagues will cave because of popular demand and basic economics. An eight-team playoff is the ultimate solution because it’s the best compromise. It maintains the integrity of the regular season, makes all six BCS conferences happy and keeps the “academic opposition” silent.

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