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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What would a college football playoff look like?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 5:19 PM

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On a busy day in college football, where minutes after Willy R. was shown the door I saw folks on Facebook already dreaming about Butch Davis as a replacement, here's something else for Razorback fans—and college football fans generally—to dream about.

Last night at the Clinton School, Yahoo journalist Jeff Passan offered the lecture-version of the argument against college football's post-season that he and two co-authors make in the book "Death to the BCS." Gordy outlined the argument in a review of the book he did in his column earlier this year. But the gist is this: All other college sports have playoffs; the major bowls are led often by profligate directors under the guise of a non-profit, and, ultimately, the major bowls are massive scams, which through forced ticket buys and other activities, cause many schools to lose significant amounts of money (ASU almost certainly, UA not so much).

The solution, according to Passan? A 16-team playoff, where the winners of the 11 FBS conferences receive automatic bids and a tournament committee selects five at-large teams. Higher-seeded teams would get to play at home, while the championship would be held in the Rose Bowl or possibly some sort of rotation. For fun, Passan sketched out what this year's tournament might look like. Here it is in PDF form.

Based on what advertising analysts told him, Passan said the playoff could be a billion dollar enterprise, which would make it the second biggest sporting event in U.S. sports behind the Super Bowl.

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