2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
My 2012 College Football Playoffs
This Sunday millions will be watching two teams that earned their way to play in the Super Bowl when Baltimore faces San Francisco. About a month ago we witness the college football national title where two teams played in it and one team looked like they shouldn’t have been in the title game even though they went undefeated in the regular season. The game between Alabama and Notre Dame prove that college football needs a playoff system. Let’s face Notre Dame shouldn’t have even been ranked #1 going into that game because they were not the best team in the country. They were not a dominating team, there best two victories was an overtime win over Stanford which ended in controversy and a road win over an overrated Oklahoma team. They also had three wins over Purdue, BYU and Pittsburgh by a total of 9 points. Although Alabama had a favorable schedule their first eight games where they just dominated their opponents they did get tested in three out of their last five games when they faced LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. Three top 10 teams which Notre Dame just faced Stanford and that was it. The only thing Notre Dame prove was that they would make it to the playoffs if college football had a playoff system intact.
In 2014 we will be finally getting a college football playoff system but they are only going to have 4 teams. That still will not help in my opinion only create more controversy. If they gonna have a playoff system let’s be fair and give everybody a shot and not just the power conferences. Not saying that I think a mid major team would win a national title but at least give them a shot, that’s all they really want anyway. So let’s take a look back at this past year’s college football season. In particular the end of the season where we saw Alabama win the SEC title against Georgia, Stanford win the Pac 12 title over UCLA and so forth.
I have come up with a system for college football and it is pretty simple. I would choose a committee of people to determine who goes to the playoffs base on what kind of season they had. I would not just invite conference champions although that is a plus but for example this past season Wisconsin won the Big Ten title with five losses, not good enough. There are more deserving teams that Wisconsin that did not win there conference but had a much better year. Next the committee would determine how many teams to invite. Here’s the catch they can invite up to 8 to 16 teams depending on how the year went and who beat who. It’s really not that hard because unlike college basketball how has a conference tournament, college football doesn’t so if you the fifth place team in your conference that’s it you don’t get to go and try and win in football that’s where you will finish. So here are the teams I would have chosen to play in my college football playoffs for 2012: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Stanford, Texas A&M, Oregon, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Florida State, Louisville and Northern Illinois. That’s 13 teams which I think prove themselves to play in a playoff format.
1. Alabama (12-1)
2. Florida (11-1)
3. Notre Dame (12-0)
4. Stanford (11-2)
5. Oregon (11-1)
6. LSU (10-2)
7. Georgia (11-2)
8. Texas A&M (10-2)
9. South Carolina (10-2)
10. Kansas State (11-1)
11. Florida State (11-2)
12. Louisville (10-2)
13. Northern Illinois (12-1)
I would still keep the bowl system the only difference is that both team don’t have to be a tie in only one team would be a tie in. For instance Louisville vs Northern Illinois since Louisville is the higher seeded team the bowl will take place where ever Big East team play in. So here is how my 2012 college football playoff would look.
Play In Game
12/8/12 – Belk Bowl – Louisville vs Northern Illinois
12/15/12 – Holiday Bowl – Oregon vs winner of Louisville/Northern Illinois
12/15/12 – Cotton Bowl – Texas A& M vs South Carolina
12/15/12 – Alamo Bowl – Georgia vs Kansas State
12/15/12 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl – LSU vs Florida State
12/22/12 – BBVA Compass Bowl – Alabama vs Louisville/N Illinois vs Oregon winner
12/22/12 – Rose Bowl – Stanford vs Texas A&M/South Carolina winner
12/22/12 – Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame vs Georgia/Kansas State winner
12/22/12 – Capital One Bowl – Florida vs LSU/Florida State winner
12/29/12 – Sugar Bowl – BBVA Compass Bowl vs Rose Bowl winner
12/29/12 – Outback Bowl – Fiesta Bowl winner vs Capital One Bowl winner
National Title Game
1/7/13 – Orange Bowl – Sugar Bowl winner vs Outback Bowl winner
Now with that playoff format who you got going to the national title game. I can honestly say that I don’t think Notre Dame would have made it at all. Please leave a comment on who you think wins the title. Here's how I think it would have went.
Play in Game
Belk Bowl - Louisville 31, Northern Illinois 16
Holiday Bowl - Oregon 47, Louisville 39
Cotton Bowl - Texas A&M 27, South Carolina 21
Alamo Bowl - Gerogia 34, Kansas State 19
Chick-Fil-A Bowl - Florida State 24, LSU 21
BBVA Compass Bowl - Alabama 45, Oregon 28
Rose Bowl - Texas A&M 30, Stanford 21
Fiesta Bowl - Georgia 44, Notre Dame 20
Capital One Bowl - Florida 17, Florida State 16
Sugar Bowl - Alabama 28, Texas A&M 23
Outback Bowl - Georgia 20, Florida 14
National Title Game
Orange Bowl - Alabama 34, Georgia 28
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