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BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:19 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The move toward a BCS plus-one has been gaining support following a commissioners meeting in New Orleans this week and was given a further shot in the arm with the support of NCAA president Mark Emmert on Thursday.

Still, roadblocks remain among the presidents controlling and ultimately the discussion about college football's postseason.

"I think that our position is we like the way the current system works," Oregon State president Ed Ray said. "The Rose Bowl is pretty damn special so we're pretty protective of that. I'm sure Larry (Scott) hasn't gone into considerations that there is an imperative to change. I understand the public feels that way but I don't. I think the most realistic change, if any, is the plus-one because the structure exists."

Representatives from the 11 BCS conferences met in New Orleans following the national title game to begin the process of re-working the system ahead of negotiations for a new contract that will start with the 2014 season. Although the general consensus amongst presidents and athletic directors at the annual NCAA convention is that there is likely a move to a plus-one with the new deal, there are plenty of skeptics of changing a system that, in their eyes, is working fine.

"I'm still not enamored with expanding the number of BCS games," said Nebraska channcellor Harvey Perlman. "I'm not in favor of a playoff, I have yet to hear a good reason why we would want one. I've spent a lot of time over the last several years as to why a playoff is bad. I'd like to hear one why it would be good and what it would accomplish. The only one I ever hear is that it would give us an undisputed national champion."

Arizona State president Michael Crow told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that he is supportive of an 8-team playoff run by the NCAA. While the position has not been formally proposed, it does appear to be on one extreme of the Spectrum where no two people are on the same page.

"I think (a playoff) would undermine the regular season or add games or undermine the bowls," Perlman said. "We don't need it. We have a regular season that is as much of a playoff as anything that could be constructed artificially. Why would you want it? Football isn't basketball."

"if there is a change, I think it will occur incrementally," Ray added. "The next incremental change would then be to make the plus-one structure to where you have two semifinals and a final. Beyond that I don't know but sometimes you get surprised."

There has been talk that the Cotton Bowl, thanks to Jerry Jones' money and the largess of Cowboys Stadium, would be in play as a fifth BCS bowl come 2014. Perlman doesn't believe that will be the case, with a more likely scenario of the BCS evolving into a #1 vs. #2 matchup and the rest of the bowls reverting back to conference tie-ins. That scenario is one that many think Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would be supportive of.

"I don't think (Delany) is convinced yet," Perlman said of a plus-one. "We're all in conversations and I think we're going to have a teleconference soon. We'll have to see how it goes."

From the sounds of it, there could be a bumpy road to BCS change.

Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:56 am
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Six conference champions, two at large bids. (have to let Notre Dame have a chance or they ll cry)
Four big bowls are the first round of playoffs.  Then have a FINAL FOUR and a REAL championship game like college hoops.
ONLY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS can make the playoffs! (and 2 at large)  
Damn, that was tough!  Why couldnt the morons at the NCAA, National Communists Against Athletes, figure that out!

FIGHT ON! 



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:51 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

 So the regular season is a playohh, Huh ? Never heard of a playoff in which playoff teams play lower division opponents.

Big time CF  has the most idiotic post season in all of team sports.



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:44 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

The "load of "BS" is fact. A "playoff" of 8 does nothing for the 120 either. Like you say, go watch the NFL.



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:06 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

This, "the season is the playoff" scenario is a load of BS.  One team plays 12 games in a 120 team division, and that's a playoff!?!?

I can buy the "season is a playoff" argument in the NFL way more than in the FBS division.  Thank God the NFL sees the merits of a playoff!




Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:39 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Would be cool if they took the top eight teams and did a playoff. Would kinda be like the March Madness but with three less rounds.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:48 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

The problem is the BCS.  Go back to the Bowls, everyone has fun, and we argue paper Champions like we always do.

Perlman understands how special the Rose Bowl is and it is a good bet a lot of other Presidents do too.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:35 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

we have a regular season that is as much of a playoff......

really/?   seems to me in a playoff you wouldnt play a team you already beat
college football sucks 



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:15 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

The plus one is the natural next step in the evolution of college football and still allows the bowl games to matter. The athletic directors and the people involved withe the Bowl games will never allow a true playoff, it would make the other Bowl's matter less in the eyes of most people and would affect the Bowl games payouts , that is the real reason why we will never see a playoff.




Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:10 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

Harvey Perlman better get his antenna out, the public are the ones who ultimately pay the bills for college football. the fans are disgusted with the BCS format, as evidenced by the dramatic drop inn tv ratings for the National championship game. Get a clue Perlman!



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:03 pm
 

BCS headed toward plus-one, but still roadblocks

"I think (a playoff) would undermine the regular season or add games or undermine the bowls," Perlman said. "We don't need it. We have a regular season that is as much of a playoff as anything that could be constructed artificially. Why would you want it? Football isn't basketball." 
what a lame excuse.


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