Best suggestion I've seen for expanding the playoffs without actually expanding the number of games

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  1. lsu-i-like

    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    What if there are six deserving teams; this only resolves 5. Which would be ok if we go strict conference champs (with a threshold possibly which would allow a back door for G5 or at-large).
     
  2. Winston1

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    There is no and never will be a perfect solution. No two seasons end up alike and must have flexible criteria for the selection process to get the best teams in.
     
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    HalloweenRun I'll try to be nicer, if you try to be smarter!

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    The best resolution would be a severe penalty in the final rankings if a team PLAYED an out of conference game with a team, which at the time, was, oh . . . 30 rankings below it.

    By eliminating the cupcakes and packing the schedule with real games, I expect a lot of the ambiguity would resolved itself. When nearly 25% of a teams record is against cupcakes, it makes it much harder to differentiate those teams at the top! Ten or 11 games against top-flight competition would probably sort things out, nicely!
     
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  4. lsu-i-like

    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    Don’t necessarily disagree but I’ve determined that’ll never fly.
     
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    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    I think Clemson would rather play UCF.
     
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    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    9 teams with a play-in? Conference championships really shouldn’t be part of the playoff; if #23 upsets #1, still not necessarily deserving.
     
  7. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

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    The big thing about the conference championships is they are the final games of the schedule. Teams playing the best get in. I like the idea of strengthening the conferences by utilizing the championship games instead of trivializing or eliminating them.
     
  8. lsu-i-like

    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    I don’t support more than 8, but theoretically each conference champ could go undefeated and you have such a small sample size that trying to say one is better than the other can easily get derailed by stats or popularity. A long while ago I supported a flexible playoff, which could work, but it isn’t a simple elegant solution like 8 teams would be.

    I don’t support saying Bama “looks” better when OHST won their conference and we’re picking nits. It is so much cleaner to have 8 teams, let in champions who meet a threshold (including Cinderella G5’s), and let the at-larges fall where they may. Who would cry if Bama or Wisconsin we’re left out? Very few.
     
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    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    I’ve heard it is a piece of the pie, and it should be (probably more than it currently is). But it isn’t all or nothing.
     
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    lsu-i-like Playoff advocate

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    The sanctity of college football’s regular season is unparalleled in sports. Every game approaches the fervor of a playoff game (more or less). The number of people who give a shit about baseball or basketball regular seasons are way less than football (and in all cases, pro has less fervor than college because the value of one game is a fraction of what it is in college).
     
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