Tuesday, July 17, 2007

First Step Towards Playoff System?

Today could be a big day for college football, and not just because NCAA 08 was released at midnight. According to several unidentified sources from major conferences the NCAA is seriously considering adopting a "Plus 1" format where the winners of two "semifinal games" would play each other in a national championship game. The New York Post article says that the biggest obstacle is Rose Bowl officials' concern about loosening their Pac 10-Big Ten requirement. The first title game could be played as soon as 2011.

I really can't think of a better solution. Its hard to imagine a team ranked lower than fourth that would have a legitimate claim to the national title. This "Plus 1" format would elimate most controversy, keep the traditionalists happy, and most importantly not cost anyone a significant amount of money. Let's hope the NCAA actually makes this happen.

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