CBS: Staff picks: How college football should adjust its postseason format for 2020

BleedGopher

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per CBS:

Tom Fornelli: Mini playoffs
While hoping the tide turns in a positive direction soon enough to bring us the most college football possible this fall, I don't think plans that include more games are feasible. Nor do we know what conferences like the ACC, Big 12 and SEC plan to do with their 2020 schedules yet as they continue to play the waiting game.

Should those three follow the Big Ten and Pac-12 and move to 10-game conference-only schedules, the G5 would surely follow, and then instead of a traditional bowl schedule that would see teams traveling all across the country, I think we could have a bunch of mini-playoffs.

Right now we have a four-team playoff to decide the national championship. Well, what if every conference had a four-team playoff to determine its own champion? The top four teams in the conference make the conference playoff, and the winner is conference champion.

In this scenario, two teams per conference would play 12 games, two others would play 11 and the rest 10. The national championship could then be decided the old-fashioned way: with polls.


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I could see something like this being decided mid season if Covid precautions are going well...
 

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Let's be very careful with that. I believe the Gophers have a great change but we play @Wisconsin this year. I don't want the Badgers sniffing the possibility of a natty.
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Polls = #1 - SEC Winner; #2 - Clemson; #3 - SEC runner up; # 4 Oklahoma or Texas #5 B1G Champ

If Ohio State goes undefeated they will get a #2 ranking (assuming they play one team close). Even a 1 loss SEC team will get ranked above them with no head to head competition because the ESPN / CBS myth of the greatness of the SEC (not to say they don't deserve some credit).
 

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Seems like this year is a good year to try an expanded playoff schedule of 6 or 8 teams. Without a chance to compare teams between conferences directly or even indirectly through common non-conference opponents, there is no fair way to pick which conference to leave out of the 4 team playoff (or which 2 conferences to leave out and 1 conference to double up on). Plus an extra 2 or 4 high profile games on national TV will help make up the revenue from playing fewer regular season games.
 

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Seems like this year is a good year to try an expanded playoff schedule of 6 or 8 teams. Without a chance to compare teams between conferences directly or even indirectly through common non-conference opponents, there is no fair way to pick which conference to leave out of the 4 team playoff (or which 2 conferences to leave out and 1 conference to double up on). Plus an extra 2 or 4 high profile games on national TV will help make up the revenue from playing fewer regular season games.
I agree with your thinking however I don't believe they'll pay any extra games.
 
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