National Championship Game Thread

| January 10th, 2011

We don’t do a lot of college football around here but there are a lot of professional-quality players in tonight’s BCS National Championship Game. Auburn Tigers. Oregon Ducks. My reworking of the entire college football playoff system is available on the B-side. (“A must read” -Nobody)

Reworking the college football system is really quite easy and I believe
a college football playoff would eclipse March Madness and maybe the
Super Bowl as the most exciting and financially lucrative yearly event
in the sporting world.  Here’s how it works.

Eight teams qualify for the tournament: the six champions of the
automatic qualifying leagues (ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac 10,
SEC) and the two highest-ranked teams in the BCS Standings.  This year
that would have put TCU and Stanford in the tournament. 

You then let the BCS establish the seedings and incorporate the bowl
games into the tournament.  The four big bowls (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta) rotate.  One is the national title, two are the semi-final games and one is in the first round. 

January 1, 2011
Noon: Auburn vs. UConn (Cotton Bowl)

3:30 pm: Oregon vs. Virginia Tech (Capital One Bowl)

7:00 pm: TCU vs. Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl)

10:30 pm: Stanford vs. Wisconsin (Fiesta Bowl – in the rotation)

January 8, 2011
4:30 pm: Auburn vs. Stanford (Orange Bowl)

8:00 pm: Oregon vs. TCU (Sugar Bowl)

Monday night January 17, 2011
8:37 pm: Auburn vs. Oregon (Rose Bowl)

We have extended the college football a whole week, one goddamn week, and created one of the great events in sports.  I can not understand how these bowl games would be beyond excited to reap the financial benefits.  Think of the TV contract.  Think of the office pool.  Think of the increased excitement in the conference championship games, as the winner gains entry to the tournament.  So frustrating…