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converted 1981 Let's not forget that all those teams that didn't win their conference (12 teams total) are still going to want to play in a bowl game.
You are only addressing one scenario mentioned above. The 12 team playoff ("2") assumes that conference champions are determined prior to the playoff, that adds games you aren't counting. "3a" assumes a multiple playoff scenario...again adding games you aren't counting: if those playoffs are not all held at neutral sites, the losers are still going to want a bowl game. Maybe it's more trouble to figure out than even you realized...
2 years ago on Playoff - What it Could Be | February
So now we're talking about 8-16 team NCAA playoff PLUS a 4 team Conference playoff? So 12 regular season games. 2 Conference playoff games. 2-4 NCAA playoff games. 16-18 total games possible for the NCAA playoff champion? That's not even possible unless the season starts early August or goes into February.
Seems like conference championships aren't really a consideration. How does each conference determine its champion if there are three division winners?
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2 years ago on That Gap Thing | February
UGA70 let's not get our hopes up on that one
2 years, 1 month ago on Signing Day Thread 01Fed12 | February
BryanDawg87 this isn't how I'd hoped to spend the afternoon
nevermind, see the answer below
Is there a live feed somewhere for the AY announcement?
Anyone know if Texas A&M and Mizzou got a bump this year in recruiting?
Are you familiar with the Clemson/FSU rumors?
2 years, 1 month ago on WVU-Big 12: The Fit Is Starting To Get Better | January
Not sure the "Final Four" is needed. Just "pod" the teams into fours and keep the "divisions" rotating. Two years it's N/E and S/W. Next two it's N/W and S/E. Next two N/S and E/W.
That way you play every team at least every six years and you can keep the important "cross-divisional" rivals playing yearly.
The final four would cheapen the regular season. There could be a team from a pod make it to the final four that has a losing record...or worse has only won 2 games in the league and gets in by a tie-breaker.
Say, for instance, Pod One includes teams A, B, C, and D. Each team wins the same number of non-pod games (in theory, anywhere from 0-5 total wins in an 8 game SEC season). Assume A, B, and C all win two pod games. D wins none. So the intra-pod standings could look like this:
A: 2-1 (wins over B and D)
B: 2-1 (wins over C and D)
C: 2-1 (wins over A and D)
D: 0-3 (no wins).
If these teams are each 0-5 or 1-4 outside of the pod, the conference would have a final four team that was 2-6 or 3-5 in the "Final Four." The pod would also be subject to some kind of tie breaker to determine the "winner."
And here's another booger: What happens if A/B/C are 2-1 in the Pod and 0-5 or 1-4 outside the pod... and team D finishes 0-3 (intrapod) yet goes 3-2 outside the pod? Here's what it would look like:
A: 2-6 (2-1 in the pod)
B: 2-6 (2-1 in the pod)
C: 2-6 (2-1 in the pod)
D: 3-5 (0-3 in the pod)
Does D represent the pod in the Final Four without winning a single pod game?
Is all this unlikely? Yeah, but something to think about.
2 years, 1 month ago on SEC Football: 16 Teams - Four Divisions - Final 4 Playoff | January
Or, even more exciting, we can have an SEC playoff...
2 years, 1 month ago on No Permanent Cross-Divisional Rivals In The SEC?
This is why 16 teams makes more sense. Break the league down into four pods instead of two divisions, and everyone can play everyone at least as often as they do now. Every two years the "divisions" are realigned to accommodate variation in the schedule.