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2012-11-12 08:36:33 AM  
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My preferred playoff format would be to have it be an entirely on-the-field thing (no selection committees, no polls) with as much tradition held onto as possible. To that end, I'd using the conference seedings that the NCAA came up with and have just the 10 major conference champions make the playoffs in a seeded tournament.


1) SEC (1,054)
2) Big Ten (860)
3) Big 12 (816)
4) ACC (673)
5) Pac-12 (671)
6) Big East (240)

7) MWC (58)
8) C-USA (49)
9) Mid-American (21)
10) Sun Belt (0).

Play-in Round: - 3rd weekend in December
MWC vs. Sun Belt
C-USA vs. Mid-American

Tradition Round: - New Year's Day
Winner of MWC/Sun Belt vs. C-USA vs. Mid-American in Fiesta Bowl
SEC vs. Big East in Sugar Bowl
Big Ten vs. Pac-12 in Rose Bowl
Big 12 vs. ACC in Orange Bowl

NCAA Semi-Finals: - 1 week after New Year's game

NCAA Finals: - Prime Time 2nd week of January

Don't try to tell me that this wouldn't make an absolute shiat-ton of money. You can have your minor bowls all you want (there would still be interest in, say, Michigan playing Georgia in the Capital One Bowl or whatever) but people would lose their shiat over this.
2012-11-12 10:09:19 AM  
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Gunderson: And what student with better academic potential didn't get a scholarship so a player can display his "Rocks for Jocks" degree while he's bankrupt by the time he turns 25.

Zero. People always bring up this straw man and it's stupid. The reason college costs more now is because it's constantly being defunded by the government, as baby boomers who got rich thanks in part to their subsidized education demand subsidized living as they grow old - since they vote in large blocs, politicians pander to them and make cuts to universities because the ROI isn't easily measured and the people they're f*cking over don't vote.

Furthermore, athletic scholarships come from a separate fund. Further beyond that, if you have any significant amount of academic potential, it's not hard to get some partial scholarships, at least. You have to put in some work for it, though - kinda like how the people getting athletic scholarships have to put in 20+ hours/week just on their sport.

/I suppose there would be some "academic" scholarships that might be slipping by the wayside in schools where they're not allowed to offer athletic scholarships, however. But that's not really what anyone here is talking about.

Gunderson: And how many make productive uses of their degrees once football is over?

Thousands upon thousands every year? The people least likely to care about their education are the people most likely to be in the NFL - why worry about your degree when you're going to make millions playing the sport? But there are 80+ scholarship players just in football at every school. Even just at the FBS level, there are 119 or so (don't remember if there have been changes to this number - UTSA came on board recently, so is it 120 now?) schools. So that's nearly 10,000 student-athletes just on that level per year. Number of draftees each year? 250ish.

No one does stories about the thousands of student-athletes who go into regular fields and use their educational opportunities to actually learn while having a great time, because no one cares except for people who pretend to care so that they can get outraged at sh*t - and there's no point in trying to educate those people because they're going to hold on to their beliefs in the face of all evidence.
2012-11-12 09:19:48 AM  
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Sargun: I don't know, but given the fact that it took SEC teams to beat SEC teams it kind of only goes to strengthen the conference's standing.

Right, how dare the likes of Western Kentucky and LA-Lafayette fall short. The top six teams in the SEC combined have two marquee OOC wins -- Alabama's dismantling of an underprepared and then-overrated Michigan team, and Texas A&M's squeaker over a fairly legit Louisiana Tech. That's it. Florida just got exposed by a Sun Belt team, and middling one at that. Now, I don't expect teams to go out of their way to schedule punishment (it shuts out the smaller programs that can surprise now and then) but at least five SEC teams tried to ride the conference's overrated rep to bowl season without playing anyone. At least I don't have to look at Mississippi State ranked #11 anymore, but that should never have happened.

To be fair, K-State and Oregon haven't played anyone, either, but as long as no one's playing anyone you gotta win out to contend. You can't beat up cupcakes AND whine about how your conference is so hard when everyone's riding the same boat these days. ND tried to schedule a gauntlet (and damn near laid an egg against Pitt) but MSU, Miami and BYU disappointing isn't their fault. Georgia, on the other hand, is the #5 team in the country (according to the BCS) and I'd like to see someone try to convince me that they proved their might against. . . uh, Buffalo and Florida Atlantic. Well, at least they play Georgia Southern next week; maybe that titan of FBS football will give them a challenge.
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