AN EIGHT TEAM CFB PLAYOFF: One crazy idea...

Dave Martin

And it doesn't involve coaches voting "down" potential opponents.

You need eight teams.

How do you get there.

A selection committee? Not necessary. Eight teams is plenty, and we can get there with my plan.

Poll results? Not necessary. Besides, that still involves the human element. My plan gets there without polls.

A worthy team gets left out? Sorry, in my plan, if you want to be the champ, you must FIRST be the champ of your conference. That's the prerequisite. Period. No second bites at the apple ALABAMA.

My plan will mix the best of March Madness while eliminating the thing we hate most about deciding a college football champion...the humans. Keep in mind that the computers, well, they were also set up by humans. Where do you think the formulas used by the computers came from?

So here we go.

The basis of my plan, which I actually drew up over a year ago, are super conferences. Figured we were headed there, which also convinced me that a playoff was on the way.

Here are my conferences. My main goal was to retain "regionality"...that is, keep teams close. Provides for greater travel for road games, more intensity for rivalries. I have no names at this point. Only conferences and their divisions.

Miami Coral Gables Florida
Florida Gainesville Florida
Florida State Tallahassee Florida
South Florida Tampa Florida
Georgia Athens Georgia
Clemson Clemson South Carolina
South Carolina Columbia South Carolina
Georgia Tech Atlanta Georgia
Auburn Auburn Alabama
Alabama Tuscaloosa Alabama
Ole Miss Oxford Mississippi
Mississippi State Starkville Mississippi
Southern Miss Hattiesburg Mississippi
LSU Baton Rouge Louisiana

Kansas Lawrence Kansas
Kansas State Manhattan Kansas
Missouri Columbia Missouri
Nebraska Lincoln Nebraska
Oklahoma Norman Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Stillwater Oklahoma
Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma
Arkansas Fayetteville Arkansas
Texas Austin Texas
Texas A&M College Station Texas
TCU Fort Worth Texas
Houston Houston Texas
Texas Tech Lubbock Texas
Baylor Waco Texas

Oregon State Corvallis Oregon
Oregon Eugene Oregon
Washington State Pullman Washington
Washington Seattle Washington
Stanford Palo Alto California
California Berkeley California
UCLA Los Angeles California
USC Los Angeles California
Boise State Boise Idaho
Arizona State Tempe Arizona
Arizona Tucson Arizona
Utah State Logan Utah
BYU Provo Utah
Utah Salt Lake City Utah
Colorado Boulder Colorado
Colorado State Fort Collins Colorado

Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan
Ohio State Columbus Ohio
Tennessee Knoxville Tennessee
Vanderbilt Nashville Tennessee
Kentucky Lexington Kentucky
Louisville Louisville Kentucky
Northwestern Evanston Illinois
Illinois Urbana-Champaign Illinois
Indiana Bloomington Indiana
Notre Dame South Bend Indiana
Purdue West Lafayette Indiana
Iowa State Ames Iowa
Iowa Iowa City Iowa
Michigan State East Lansing Michigan
Minnesota Minneapolis-Saint Paul Minnesota
Wisconsin Madison Wisconsin

Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts
Connecticut Storrs Connecticut
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Penn State University Park Pennsylvania
Syracuse Syracuse New York
Rutgers Piscataway New Jersey
Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio
West Virginia Morgantown West Virginia
Maryland College Park Maryland
North Carolina Chapel Hill North Carolina
NC State Raleigh North Carolina
Wake Forest Winston-Salem North Carolina
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Virginia
Virginia Charlottesville Virginia

Western Kentucky Bowling Green Kentucky
Marshall Huntington West Virginia
Navy Annapolis Maryland
Duke Durham North Carolina
ECU Greenville North Carolina
Florida Atlantic Boca Raton Florida
FIU Miami Florida
UCF Orlando Florida
UAB Birmingham Alabama
Troy Troy Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana
Louisiana-Monroe Monroe Louisiana
Tulane New Orleans Louisiana
Louisiana Tech Ruston Louisiana
Memphis Memphis Tennessee
Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro Tennessee

Buffalo Buffalo New York
Army West Point New York
Temple Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Northern Illinois DeKalb Illinois
Ball State Muncie Indiana
Kent State Kent Ohio
Akron Akron Ohio
Ohio Athens Ohio
Bowling Green Bowling Green Ohio
Miami University Oxford Ohio
Toledo Toledo Ohio
Western Michigan Kalamazoo Michigan
Central Michigan Mount Pleasant Michigan
Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti Michigan

Idaho Moscow Idaho
UNLV Las Vegas Nevada
Nevada Reno Nevada
San Diego State San Diego California
San Jose State San José California
Fresno State Fresno California
Hawaii Honolulu Hawaii
Wyoming Laramie Wyoming
Air Force Colorado Springs Colorado
New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico
New Mexico State Las Cruces New Mexico
North Texas Denton Texas
UTEP El Paso Texas
SMU University Park Texas
Rice Houston Texas
Arkansas State Jonesboro Arkansas

Not perfect. Malleable. But it's a start. Forgive me if I missed a Div 1 program or two.

My philosophy...

  • Each conference has a championship game.
  • No games against teams in the other division...retains purity for the championship game.
  • Do whatever you want for non-confernence games...the only thing that could potentially affect would be seeding in the playoffs, and the chances of rematches are slim at best. That part might have to involve polls.
  • Didn't make the playoffs, fine. Go play in the myriad of bowl games that are still available. Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Cap One, Outback can rotate as the "playoff" bowls. Hell, rotate all the bowls through the playoff each year, I really don't care.
  • Keep the field neutral...retains the purity...
  • Keeps the little guys involved, and taps into the magic of March Madness.
What? The best team might not win?

NFL doesn't care about that. Neither does March Madness. Look at the money those two make. Make the post-season...survive and advance, lose and go home. This would be larger than both.

Add teams? No. This is still college. Would last about a month, same as March Madness. Eight is the perfect number. If there were no bowl games, then yes, but plenty of teams have plenty of places to go if they make it to "the dance."

And when it is done, no complaining about the polls...no complaining about sports network bias. A national champion decided on the field of battle.

The money would be huge, the fans would be happy...and if you think we're crazy now...
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