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Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

He may only be an interim commissioner, and the Big 12 may have already started the process of finding his replacement, but Chuck Neinas is the latest conference commissioner to publicly voice his support of a college football playoff.

Neinas told The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel that he likes the idea of a playoff, and like Roy Kramer and Larry Scott before him, he also thinks sending conference champions would be the way to go.

“I like the idea, if you're going to take four, take four champions,” Neinas said. “They're not hard to identify.

“The selection process is one that would concern me. The easiest is taking four conference champions.”

Neinas also told Tramel he didn't see any downside to college football adopting a playoff format, explaining that college football needs to make changes to maintain what it has. 

“Looking at it very broadly, we've agreed, we've got to do something to maintain public interest. We want a vibrant postseason. We have to explore ideas that will make it better. There's obviously strong support of a four-team arrangement.”

So, to sum it all up, in the last few weeks we've had current, former or interim commissioners from the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and the Big 12 publicly support the idea of a four-team playoff. Three of those four have said they think having only conference champions be eligible is the best way to go about it.

So if I can read between the lines here, a college football playoff is coming, and only conference champions will be eligible.

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Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:56 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

BYU/ Boise to the PAC, Notre Dame, VT to the BIG, FSU,Clemson, Miami, UL to the B12, then take 4 champions. Programs could go a few different ways but..



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:03 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

do it ncaa. have a plus one playoff.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

(From the BCS website) this is how the current system got its start:

After a lengthy series of meetings in 1991 and early 1992, the commissioners of several conferences and representatives of Notre Dame, along with four bowl committees, created the Bowl Coalition agreement. The Coalition provided a structure which enabled the champions of the Big East Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame to meet either the champion of the Big Eight (in the Orange Bowl), Southeastern (Sugar Bowl) or Southwest (Cotton Bowl) conferences.

In addition, if the champions of the Big East or ACC or Notre Dame had been ranked No. 1 or 2 at the end of the regular season, they would have met in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. Their vacated spots in either the Orange, Sugar or Cotton Bowls would have been filled from a pool of at-large teams made up of the number two teams from the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Eight, Pac-10 and Southwest conferences. To guarantee those at-large teams a post-season home, the conferences contracted with the Gator and John Hancock Bowls to provide three additional slots for number two teams.

The Coalition was in place for the bowl games after the 1992, 1993 and 1994 regular seasons.

Comments:
More than 1 commissioner has stated, they are against a play-off if it impacts in any way their current bowls tie-ins.  Bowl tie-ins are so important that its the reason cited by Nebraska's Ad Tom Osborne for moving to the Big1G.

Its looks like we will be forced to accept a 4 team playoff as the next step.

And if that goes will (it doesn't impact the current bowl tie-ins), we might eventually see something where the current 4 BCS bowls are used to match-up the top 8 teams.  And use that as the first round of a play-off.   



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:55 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

The Big 12 was the top football conference last season. Check out Massey's College Football Comparison on his site, if you don't believe me. The B12 was #1 on 105, #2 on 22 and #3 1 time on 128 of the computer polls. When you weight the games according to the value of the opponents, the weak opponents drag down a team's SOS. <br />




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:23 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

standro ....that's hilarious ....because that is EXACTLY how the SEC "people" think.  Just wait until they get pounded in a playoff format, not being able to rely on voters to "win" championships.  When a playoff comes about, their reputation will take a huge hit and the SEC will be exposed for what it really is....popular to poll voters.....and nothing more.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:09 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

i can already hear the SEC complaining that their top 4 teams won't be the 4 playing for the championship.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:28 am
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Delaney suggested only conference champions to force Notre Dame to join a conference, presumably his. I think if you allow one wildcard if they are ranked in the top 4, then the independents have a shot, and you also allow a strong conference to possibly have 2 teams in. The three top-ranked conference champs, plus one wildcard or the 4th-ranked conference champ in a seeded playoff would give you an undeniable national champion.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

I am ok with conference champions only if they get rid of conference divisions.  Just let it be one division and the top 2 play in the conference title game.  This year Alabama-LSU and Oregon-Stanford would have played in their conference title games, winners move on losers go home.  This would in a sense create several quarterfinal games leading into the National Semi final games.


Get rid of the divisions or treat the CCG like the BCS treats the NCG.  The top 2 play for the title, regardless of division.  It really would create a system where the two best teams in each conference would play for the rights to be in the Playoffs.  For years, the SEC has been one sided.  Whether it was Florida Tenn Georgia carrying the mail and the West was weak, or more recently Bama LSU Auburn with the East being weak.  Recently only in 08-09 when Bama/UF were the two clear cut best teams did the CCG actually have the two best conference teams in the game.  Usually it is some mix of 1 v 3 or in some cases 1 v 4.  There isn't a conference that hasn't had multiple good teams in one division while the CCG was played against an inferior opponent.  One year the Big 12 South had like 3 of the Top 6 yet only one played in the CCG.   6-6 UCLA really? Whilst Top 5 Stanford stays home.  Tom, I like your thinking a lot.


As for the Nebraska fan, until the conferences are balanced, hard to argue that the conference champions should carry equal weight.  The whole idea of South Florida and 2 loss Bama is spot on, but maybe they are only 1 loss South Florida who lost to 8-4 Florida.  Would they still get the nod over the SEC Champ because they had an easier schedule? The SEC won't always be the deepest, but it is right now and I think the Big 12, Pac and B1G are the next 3. The ACC is probably 5th, that leaves the BE 6th though they have a better BCS record then most of the other conferences.  So what does that say?  I don't think the SEC deserves an automatic invite to the BCSNCG simply because teams in the past have won the game, but it does seem logical that if all things are equal they get the tie breaker of sorts because of past sucess.  In 09, when Texas, Bama, UC, TCU, and Boise were all unbeaten there was no question it was going to be Texas-UA.  Bama had just beaten undefeted and Tebow led Gators in the SECCG, and Texas is one of the All Time top college programs.  I think the tradition of those two schools would always get the benefit over the other three schools, but the schedules backed it up.  A 1 loss Sun Belt Champion is not the same caliber team as a 1 loss Pac Champion.  I'm sorry if the bleeding hearts can't accept this fact. Of course on any given Saturday the Sun Belt Champ could win, but more times then not they wouldn't and even taking only Champions into the playoffs there are more have nots then haves.     



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:10 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

I am ok with conference champions only if they get rid of conference divisions.  Just let it be one division and the top 2 play in the conference title game.  This year Alabama-LSU and Oregon-Stanford would have played in their conference title games, winners move on losers go home.  This would in a sense create several quarterfinal games leading into the National Semi final games.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:23 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Underflow1959..............Thanks for your response.  I only responded previously to the comments you made earlier because you bashed the ACC.  I am a big fan of Tom Osborne and have always liked Nebraska.  The comment you made about the ACC was not warranted, because WVU caught Clemson on a night they were off, and WVU played hard-nosed football for 60 minutes, and I commend WVU for for their win that night.  I thought you was slaming the ACC and I did not like the way you made reference about to the ACC Champion. Hence, my comments about the HOKIES wins over the HUSHERS in Lincoln and Blacksburg. 

We'll  need to see what happens next year with the BCS leagues before we put the word out now on who's the best or worse.  I think anyone would be a fool if they did not say the SEC was the best football conference in the country right now.  I think the ACC will be much stronger next year, how much, I would not venture to guess.  Any of us who are college football fans, know from time to time, good programs have their problems and don't play well.  But as the old saying goes, "every DOG has it's day". 

I do know VIRGINIA TECH has won 2 BCS  BOWL GAMES.  I also know for the 15 years that VIRGINIA TECH was in the BIG EAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE, VT beat WVU 10 times out of 15 years in the league, with Frank Beamer as the VT Head Coach.  Although, WVU holds the historical won/loss  football record over VT by 5 or 6 games.  So yeah, WVU put 70 on CLEMSON; and congratulations to them and good luck in their new BIGXII Conference.



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