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(ESPN)   Old and busted: 68-team college basketball March Madness. New Hotness (if Mike Leach gets his way): 64-team college football Jan-Sanity   (espn.com) divider line
    More: Unlikely, BCS National Championship Game, American football, expanded 12-team playoff, North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel, commissioner Bob Bowlsby, college football, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach  
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2021-07-21 9:19:48 PM  
Well, they can't cram it all into January. You need six weeks.

I don't think that's feasible given how many of the kids are actually just playing football to pay for school. That's a lot of time dedicated to the football team while they're trying to get their degree and whatnot.
 
2021-07-22 12:36:28 AM  
Mike Leach should never be allowed to influence anything. Ever.
 
2021-07-22 12:46:14 AM  
He'll still lose every important game that matters to his team and announcers will still guffaw over him because he likes pirates or something stupid like that.
 
2021-07-22 12:46:49 AM  

jaylectricity: Well, they can't cram it all into January. You need six weeks.

I don't think that's feasible given how many of the kids are actually just playing football to pay for school. That's a lot of time dedicated to the football team while they're trying to get their degree and whatnot.


Bravo.... bravo...
 
2021-07-22 1:11:04 AM  
It would take 63 games over 6 weeks in a tournament to go from 64 to 1. There are currently 40 bowl games each year. That's a big jump, although I imagine there is enough stomach in there to do it. In order to fit it in they would need to start earlier and the most games are at the beginning. Imagine trying to squeeze 32 games in the first 3-4 days? The NCAA want a more even distribution of games around New Years to capture the maximum audience, not saturation in mid-December leading to one game in late January (probably played between the NFL championship games and the SB). A bigger tournament is the answer to meaningless invitational bowl games. Those tournament games would also be in competition with NFL playoffs all through January.

I love football, but that is too much. It might be possible to get to 32, but even that is a lot.
 
2021-07-22 1:20:31 AM  
A 64 team playoff would take approximately 6 weeks. Sounds like that whole 'student athlete needs to study for finals' excuse was the BS we all knew it was. They see the players getting paid, and want to get in on the action. At least we are starting to see college athletics for what it really is.
 
2021-07-22 8:10:05 AM  
What does the FCS do?

Also, enough with the ad-hoc at-large teams. You win your championship, you're in. And no, wild cards are not the same as at-large. You want to use wild-cards instead, so be it.
 
2021-07-22 8:15:27 AM  
Fark it.  Just go 128, seed based on preseason rankings, and do away with a regular season entirely.
 
2021-07-22 8:45:42 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: What does the FCS do?

Also, enough with the ad-hoc at-large teams. You win your championship, you're in. And no, wild cards are not the same as at-large. You want to use wild-cards instead, so be it.


24 teams (for now, up from 20 in recent years).

It's also a super-dumb system that doesn't get attention because no one pays attention to it. I remember when my school won their title (more than a decade ago now, yeesh), we were ranked #1 in the country at the end of the regular season and were given the #5 seed for the playoffs.

I will say that it's hard to tell if Leach is being earnest any time he talks, and I wouldn't say he necessarily believes in a 64-team tournament for real.

/it will trend that way, though, because once you've started with a playoff and getting free money, they tend to expand for more free money
 
2021-07-22 11:41:58 AM  
8 is fine for a playoff.   There is almost always drama when deciding between #2 and #3, and some debate between #4 and #5, but noone really cares if #9 gets screwed over.
 
2021-07-22 11:45:33 AM  

lilplatinum: 8 is fine for a playoff.   There is almost always drama when deciding between #2 and #3, and some debate between #4 and #5, but noone really cares if #9 gets screwed over.


As I said when we started this bullsh*t, the problem is that every year there's a different number of teams that deserve to compete for the title.

Some years a team should be crowned after the regular season, no playoff necessary. Some years there are 7 teams with a claim to it.

Playoffs are not about identifying the best team - they are about making money. The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can have honest discussions about sports.
 
2021-07-22 2:14:24 PM  

IAmRight: lilplatinum: 8 is fine for a playoff.   There is almost always drama when deciding between #2 and #3, and some debate between #4 and #5, but noone really cares if #9 gets screwed over.

As I said when we started this bullsh*t, the problem is that every year there's a different number of teams that deserve to compete for the title.

Some years a team should be crowned after the regular season, no playoff necessary. Some years there are 7 teams with a claim to it.

Playoffs are not about identifying the best team - they are about making money. The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can have honest discussions about sports.


I remember when baseball used to be awesome.

Examples:
Last time the top four teams in one league were as good or better than the top team in the other league:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Ma​j​or_League_Baseball_season

Last time a 100+ win team missed the playoffs:  (last pre-wild card season)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Ma​j​or_League_Baseball_season


NOW?   Blarrrgh.

Check out them Padres:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Ma​j​or_League_Baseball_season

Looking forward to NCAAF being that watered down.
 
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