College Football 2015(if I was in charge)

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Basically this is how I would run Division 1-A/FBS College Football... if I was given free reign regarding the sport and everything and anything surrounding it.

Submitted: August 03, 2015

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Before I begin this essay, I just want to point out that this is what I would do if I had the wherewithal and the time(and possibly the money) should I be in charge of college football(mainly the FBS or Division 1-A level).

Every point that I am listing I have come up with and have thought about for some amount of time. So, consider me King Scoobyfan1 the First of College Football(i'm not using my real first name for obvious reasons), as I list my proclamations(should I be named the ruler of College Football... which will never happen, but it's nice to dream).

The very first proclamation I am laying down, has to deal with college football's post-season, and the staple of it that has existed since the early part of the 20th Century: the bowl game. I have no problem with bowl games, don't get me wrong; I think they're a great way to reward a team for having a good season(winning 7 or 8 games for example).

But over the last 15 years specifically, the number of college bowl games has spiraled out of control. So much so that as of the upcoming college football season(2015-16) the number of FBS or Division 1-A college bowl games will be at an all time high: 41; which means 80 schools at the FBS level, yes 80 will be playing at least one post-season game this coming season.

This has to stop, as it has become a scourge of the sports world and it is something that is starting to ruin the sport of college football. Therefore, my first proclamation should I become ruler of college football is to lower the number of college bowl games to what I feel is an acceptable number(and hopefully others think so as well).

In order to determine which games I will keep and which will fade from existence, we must look at a criteria I came up with:

1. Does a game have a tradition? That is to say has the game been around 50, 60, 70 years; or, has a game been around for at least 30 years. Those are the first level of games that will stick around.

2. Is a game being held in a city that has a good tourist reputation, or is somewhere that college football players and fans may want to visit. You'll find out more about what I mean when I actually list the games.

3. Finally, is a game being held in a city that has multiple bowl games? If a city has one bowl game already, there should be no reason for them to have a second... no exceptions; which you'll find out about more when I list the bowls.

Now that we've looked at the criteria, let's take a look at the 2015 bowl schedule and see which games would stay under my criteria... and which ones will leave College Football Island(it's like Survivor's Island, but without all the junk that you see on that show).

Starting with the big bowl games, the games that are currently part of the college football playoff:

First we find the Rose Bowl; the Granddaddy of all Bowl Games, the oldest bowl game currently being played in College Football. Naturally, this game stays because well, it's the Rose Bowl, it's played in Southern California, and it's part of the College Football playoff.

Next up, the Orange Bowl. Even though the Orange Bowl is played in the Miami Dolphins stadium, it has a great tradition, and it is part of the College Football playoff... it stays. Plus Miami in January? Who wouldn't want to go there?

Moving on, we have the Sugar Bowl. Another game that has a great tradition, another game that is played in a heck of a setting(New Orleans); plus it's part of the College Football playoff, so it stays.

Next, we find the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. This game has found new significance as part of the College Football Playoff; however, it has been a part of College Football's post-season since the late 1960s. Because of it's tradition alone(remember my rule about tradition above) it sticks around.

It's down to Dallas next and the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has been around since the 1930s, has been a traditional New Year's Day game for decades, and now it is part of the College Football Playoff. For a generation of players and fans, being part of the Cotton Bowl meant something... and it still does: it stays.

Finally, we come to the newest of the College Playoff Bowls(having been established in 1971). The game is the Fiesta Bowl; while it is the newest member of the College Playoff, it has a great tradition, with national title matchups in the 1980s involving Penn State and Miami, as well as great non title clashes that decade and prior to the BCS's establishment.

Needless to say, the Fiesta Bowl sticks around for those reasons. Now, we move to the lesser bowls; while still important, a lot of these games will be jettisoned as I believe they are not necessary for the post-season.

First of the lesser bowls, we have the Sun Bowl. El Paso, Texas might not seem like a great tourist spot, but for some it is and it is close to Mexico; the Sun Bowl has also featured great matchups and a great tradition, boasting matchups in its history featuring Texas, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, among other great powers of college football's past and present.

Needless to say the Sun Bowl stays. Moving on, we have what is known now as the TaxSlayer Bowl, but long time college fans will recognize it as the Gator Bowl; Jacksonville(except for a one year sojourn in Gainesville, FL because of renovation surrounding the NFL's Jaguars coming to town) has hosted the Gator Bowl since the 1940s... it has been a New Year's Day staple for many years, and it's tradition is among the top college bowl games on the schedule.

So it's no question that the Gator Bowl stays in Jacksonville. Moving on, we come to the Citrus Bowl or the Florida Citrus Bowl; the Florida Citrus Bowl has an interesting history in that it used to be known as the Tangerine Bowl, but it has been a New Year's Day staple for years regardless of what it's name is.

Because of its tradition(being around since the 1940s), and because of its location in Orlando, FL, the Citrus Bowl stays. Besides, Orlando in January? Any school from the colder parts of the country would love a stay in Orlando in the first month of the new year no question.

Next up, we have the Liberty Bowl. The Liberty Bowl was founded in 1959, and its name is due to the fact that it was founded and first played in Philadelphia; it later became the first bowl game played indoors(in Atlantic City, NJ at Boardwalk Hall) and later moved to Memphis where it has become a December sports staple.

Any game held in a city where you can hear some great Blues music and get some dynamite Barbecue at the same time is a natural bowl game, so it stays. One problem though, now I want some barbecue :)

Next up, we have the Independence Bowl. The Independence Bowl has been held in Shreveport, LA since 1976; it has a great tradition, and has been home to a couple memorable contests(like the matchup between Texas A&M and Ole Miss around 2000 or so... in a rare snowstorm for Louisiana in December).

Any game that has had a memorable contest like that in the past has to stick around. Plus it's been played since 1976, so there's that too.

Turning our attention to California now, we find the Holiday Bowl. This game was actually established for the same reasons as the Fiesta Bowl; in its early years, the WAC(western athletic conference) champ would get an automatic bid to the game because many times in the 1970s until the creation of the Fiesta Bowl, the WAC champ would have a great season, with numerous teams going undefeated.

So in the early 1970s, a group in Arizona established the Fiesta Bowl so the WAC champ got to play in a bowl no matter what. Same as the Holiday Bowl; in its early years, the WAC champion got to play in the game because the Holiday Bowl had a spot for the WAC champion reserved.

In the early years of the game, BYU with quarterbacks like Steve Young and Robbie Bosco would be a regular participant and would regularly beat whoever they were up against. This included BYU beating Michigan in 1984, which gave BYU a much contested National Championship, as while BYU went undefeated that year, many experts believed USC or Washington or Oklahoma, which all won 10 or 11 games should have captured the title over a BYU team that played a very weak schedule including a 6-5 Michigan team in the aforementioned Holiday Bowl.

Long story short here, the Holiday Bowl sticks around for its tradition. That, and it's in San Diego; December in San Diego sounds like a heck of a vacation to me, or maybe that's just me.

Moving on now to the Outback Bowl. This game was introduced in 1986, but it has been a New Year's Day staple since the second year it was played; not to mention it is played in Tampa, FL. Not a bad place to go in January don't you think?

That's mainly why it stays. Now we get to the games that according to me, have to go, as they are not needed.

That starts with the Cactus Bowl. It has also been known as the Copper Bowl, the Insight Bowl and the Insight.com Bowl among other names; it is currently being played in Tempe, Arizona... however, this is a suburb of Phoenix... and Phoenix already has the Fiesta Bowl, so right now this game has to go.

It was played in Tucson, Arizona at one time, and if it was still played in Tucson(as that is a nice place to visit even in December), I would give it a reprieve. Alas, the Cactus Bowl must hit the dusty trail.

Next, we have the Russell Athletic Bowl. This game has gone through so many names, it's not even funny. It is also played currently in Orlando... alas, that city already has a bowl game: the Florida Citrus Bowl; so this bowl gets to enjoy bowl game retirement.

It was formerly played in Miami by the way, and featured a matchup between Florida State and Penn State back in the early 1990s. Alas, even in Miami this bowl would be gone as Miami has the Orange Bowl.

Next, we move on to the Las Vegas Bowl. This game was formerly in Fresno, CA and was known as the California Bowl; Fresno was a nice place to have a bowl, even in December, but now the game is in Las Vegas. All you need to know here is... the game is in Las Vegas; where you can see the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids of Egypt... without leaving the city limits.

In any case, this game stays; I mean, it is in Las Vegas after all. Next, we go on to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

San Antonio's a nice city, a great Riverwalk area, a great historical city and some darn good food to boot. While the Alamo Bowl itself as only been around since 1993, the city of San Antonio alone gives this game staying power, so it sticks around in my mind.

Moving on, we have the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This game has gone under a few names, and even though it is held in Boise, Idaho it stays, and let me explain why. Right now, this game is the only bowl held in the Pacific Northwest(i'm biased I admit since I live in the Pacific Northwest, but it really is beautiful country).

Since the bowl game in Seattle went kaput back in 2003, Boise has had the only post-season FBS bowl in the region. While Boise may not be the greatest place to visit(sorry to anyone who lives in Boise or surrounding areas), the fact that it is in the Pacific Northwest, and the stadium its held in has a blue field keeps it around(gotta love that blue turf at Boise State).

Next up, we have the Music City Bowl. I know I allowed the Liberty Bowl to stay around, but Nashville is cool enough to have a bowl too; you can get a terrific meal in Nashville, and it is Music City USA after all, and home to the capital of country music... so it gets to stay around, even though it was introduced in 1997.

The next Bowl on the list is the GoDaddy Bowl. Even though it has only been around since 1999, this bowl is held in a beautiful location: Mobile, Alabama; Mobile is a port city on the gulf coast, and while it doesn't have the football tradition of Birmingham, it's location on the Gulf Coast, keeps it around... barely.

Next, is the New Orleans Bowl, This is pretty simple: the game was established in 2001; but it is in a city that already has a major bowl: the Sugar Bowl; that said, the New Orleans Bowl gets to enjoy the jazz and food the city has made famous... but it just won't be played anymore in my world.

Moving on, we find the Foster Farms Bowl. This game was formerly known as the San Francisco Bowl, the Diamond Walnut Bowl, among other names; it is being played in the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, CA and while I despise the 49ers(as they are in the same division as my favorite NFL team: the Seattle Seahawks), this bowl stays around.

It sticks around in my world because it is San Francisco, or the surrounding area. The Bay Area is a pretty nice place, even in December; so the land of the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf keeps its bowl.

Next up, is the Hawaii Bowl. This game was only established in 2002, but bowls in Hawaii have a great tradition; heck, watching the Aloha Bowl used to be a Christmas Day tradition for me until the game was folded.

Hawaii in December is also a heck of a vacation, no matter if you're going there just because or for a football game. This is why i'm keeping this game in my world; although, I do have one piece of advise for the officials of the game: move the game to Christmas Day where it belongs.

I don't care if ESPN or ABC have the NBA, figure a way to get it back on Christmas Day because Christmas Day in Hawaii just seems like a really cool idea. Next is the Belk Bowl; this is a tricky one, as the game is held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte is the home to NASCAR, and home to a rabid fan base of basketball fans. It's home to a growing football fan base as well, plus Charlotte is part of the South technically, so I have to say that this bowl game is right on the edge of staying; I may change my mind on this, but not right now.

Next is the Armed Forces Bowl. This game is held in Fort Worth, Texas and while I appreciate the Armed Forces, because the Dallas-Fort Worth area already has the Cotton Bowl, this game goes by the wayside.

Even though Fort Worth is a separate city from Dallas, everyone considers it a part of the Dallas metro area, so this bowl game will go away. Next we have the Poinsettia Bowl; i'll be short and to the point here: the San Diego area already has the Holiday Bowl, so bye bye Poinsettia.

Moving on is the Texas Bowl. This game is in Houston, which has a great football tradition with the Oilers and now the Texans in the NFL; Houston also has a good bowl game tradition as the Bluebonnet Bowl was held in the city from the late 1950s to 1987.

Because of it's tradition, it stays around. Although it would be nice if the game's organizers brought back the Bluebonnet Bowl name; that was pretty cool and definitely fits.

Next, is the Birmingham Bowl. Birmingham has a great football tradition, and has had a bowl game prior to this: the All-American Bowl held from the late 1970s to 1990; because of all this, the Birmingham Bowl stays on the post-season schedule.

Next, we have the New Mexico Bowl. While this bowl was introduced in 2006, I think New Mexico is a pretty nice place to visit, even in December; that said, I have to keep this bowl on the schedule... FYI though, i'm really a fan of Santa Fe(which is about 30 or so miles way; when I went with my family there on vacation in 2008, we stayed in Santa Fe, and it really is a cool place).

Next up, we find the Military Bowl. The game is currently played at the Naval Academy's stadium in Maryland; I like this bowl's name, but I want to move it back to it's original site: Washington D.C., which allows it to stay on the bowl schedule in my mind.

Next up, is the St. Petersburg Bowl. This is another case of a city that's nearby another big city that already has a bowl; in this case, it's near Tampa, which has the Outback Bowl, so the St. Petersburg Bowl leaves the bowl schedule.

The next bowl game on the schedule is the Pinstripe Bowl. For starters, this bowl game is played in the current incarnation of Yankee Stadium; while this is not the same Yankee Stadium that legends like Mantle, Ruth, Berra and others played, it Yankee Stadium and the thought of playing a college football game in this venue is still a terrific idea.

Of course, the fact that it is held in the New York City area helps out a lot. New York is probably one of the best places in the country to spend the Holidays in; the lights, the shopping, the celebrations at Macy's and Rockefeller Center... everything about New York in December just has a certain mystique to it.

Those are just some of the reasons why this game stays on my college football post-season schedule. There is also a tradition element to the game; New York/New Jersey has held two prior(albeit short lived bowl games) in the Gotham Bowl and Garden State Bowl, so there is a history(albeit small) of bowl games being held in New York City and surrounding areas.

Next on the schedule is the Heart of Dallas Bowl. This game was founded because the Cotton Bowl moved out of the Cotton Bowl Stadium to the fairly new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX; however, while the stadium that hosts this game has a tradition of hosting College Football, this game has no real tradition.

That said, the Heart of Dallas Bowl is not on the list of bowl games I would keep. Next, we have another fairly new game on the college bowl schedule: the Bahamas Bowl; I love the idea of a college bowl game in the Bahamas, as temperatures there are rather nice in December.

This is pretty much the same idea as having a college bowl game in Hawaii, it's a great vacation for all involved... and you get a to play a football game in a wonderful location. So, this game stays on the strength of being in the freaking Bahamas; man would I love to cover that game...

Next, another newcomer relatively to the college bowl circuit: the Boca Raton Bowl. Boca Raton, Florida is an OK place, as most of Florida is pretty nice; although(and no offense to anyone who lives in that area) I can't think of anything that might cause me to keep this game on the college bowl schedule, so I have to leave it off at this time.

Next up on the list is the Camellia Bowl. Established in 2014, this game is held in Montgomery, Alabama; Alabama is a nice part of the country, with a great football tradition... but this is overkill on bowls. I'm already keeping games in Birmingham and Mobile, so this one goes away as well, sorry Montgomery.

Next on the list is the Miami Beach Bowl. This game is played at Marlins Park, which is located on the site of the old Orange Bowl; even that however won't save this game... Miami already has the Orange Bowl game, and that is more then enough... sorry folks.

We have up next an interesting game. It is the Quick Lane Bowl; it is played at Ford Field in Detroit, and it basically replaces the Motor City Bowl that was held from 1997-2013.

Detroit has a history of bringing some great things to Pop Culture and the country as a whole: the Motown record label, some of the best automobiles in modern history, and the fact that it held a bowl game in the old Pontiac Silverdome in the mid 1980s.

Because of that, I’m letting this bowl stay on the schedule. Detroit may be pretty cold in the month of December, but this bowl game is to paraphrase the great Stevie Wonder; Signed, Sealed and Delivered College Football's Yours... and now you know why I'm not a singer or songwriter :)

There are a couple games that are supposed to start this year that I need to address now. First, the Cure Bowl played in Orlando, FL; I know there are charity considerations surrounding this game(which I understand), but Orlando already has a bowl game, so I will have to drop this game from the post-season schedule.

Although maybe the organizers of this game can hook up with the Citrus Bowl people, as that game has more tradition and is staying on my schedule. Last of the bowl games is the Arizona Bowl, set to be played in Tucson; now, I like Tucson as I’ve mentioned previously in this journal.

But i'm hesitant on this game; as I mentioned earlier in this journal, the Cactus Bowl used to be played in Tucson, but is now in Phoenix(or rather Tempe, Arizona). Considering the Cactus Bowl is now in Tempe, I would have to give the go-ahead to the Arizona Bowl, with one change; I would either change the name to the Cactus Bowl(as that game I have already dumped from the college bowl schedule) or the Copper Bowl, for tradition sake.

And there ladies and gentlemen is my first proclamation among many that I would lay down if I were in charge of College Football. If my count is correct(and you may comment and correct me if i'm wrong on this; I seriously don't mind it at all), then there is now under my plan a total of 29 College Football bowl games, with a total of 58 teams playing in the post-season.

The current NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament now has 68 teams playing in the post-season, so I believe that 29 Bowls, with 58 teams making the post-season is perfectly acceptable. Yes, some of the bowl organizers may cry and moan and complain about this, but this is the way I feel... sorry about that.

The next item on my list as far as proclamations go concerns bowl tie-ins. To give non-football fans a sense of what i'm talking about, each bowl game as a set matchup that it has to feature; so for example: the 3rd place team from the Pac-12 might play the 4th place team from the Big 10, or the 2nd place team from the SEC might play the 3rd place team from the Big 12, and so on.

Those are examples of what are called bowl tie-ins. My proclamation concerning this is as follows: all bowl tie-ins except for the College Football Playoff are hereby abolished; this means that the conference champions from each major conference are guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff and one of the games in that playoff... and those are the only bowl tie-ins that will be included in the college football post-season.

So many years have featured bad match ups in bowl games, because teams were locked into certain bowl games with certain conferences(the Pac 12 currently for example as bowl tie-ins with the Holiday, the Sun, and the Alamo Bowls among others). With this proclamation, no more will fans have to suffer with crappy games in the post-season; teams from any conference will be able to play games from any other conference in any game.

The Holiday Bowl could have a match up potentially between Auburn and Oregon, or the Sun Bowl could feature an eastern duel between Florida State and Florida, the possibilities really are endless with this; although this could hurt attendance if say two teams from the East play a game in Texas, but I believe this decision will help college football's post-season as a whole and create better games, and cause an end to the complaining about bad bowl games.

The no tie-ins rule has been done before by the way. It used to be(at least in the 1970s and 1980s) that teams would have late season games where scouts from any bowl game under the Sun could be watching, waiting to see if the team they're looking at would or could be a good candidate for their game.

For example: my favorite college team the University of Washington played in the Sun Bowl in the 1970s and 80s against Alabama and Texas. They played in the Independence Bowl against Tulane, the Aloha Bowl against Maryland and Penn State, and the now defunct Freedom Bowl against Colorado; those are some of the reasons why I have chosen to abolish bowl tie-ins for the most part.

Next on my royal list is the subject of bowl eligibility, specifically the number of wins required to make a bowl. Right now, a team can make a bowl at 6-6 if need be, as there are a large number of slots available; in my College Football world, I hereby rule that if a school finishes at 6-6, they are not guaranteed to play in the post-season.

The only way in my world that a school would play in the post-season at 6-6 would be if there are not enough teams to fill each bowl slot(although with less bowls, there's a good chance that may not happen ever, but just in case... I left a little leeway). On that note I also make a proclamation that reads the following: the new mark to reach for in college football to be guaranteed a post-season bid is 7-5; I know this is going to make a few people unhappy, but in the 70s and 80s, you had quite a few teams with 7 wins making bowl games, which is why I set that as the record to achieve for the post-season.

Finally, with regard to post-season eligibility, I hereby decree that no under .500 team will make the post-season, but this carries a caveat. If there are not enough teams to make the post-season(which is highly unlikely, considering 7 wins is now the mark to shoot for in my world for the post-season), then an under .500 team can play in a bowl game... but that will be the only way someone will qualify for a bowl with a 5-7 record for example.

My next proclamation concerns the television coverage of bowl games. We all know that ESPN(except for the Sun Bowl which is on CBS) pretty much controls the rights to most bowl games and televises them on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Sports; well ESPN... the party's over.

I hereby decree that all bowl games that ESPN holds the TV rights to(with the exception of the College Football Playoff games, which i'll get to later and the Sun Bowl of course) will have their TV rights up for bids from any cable or broadcast TV network that carries sports on a regular basis. This means CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, even Turner Sports with TBS, TNT and TruTV would qualify for this.

Back though to the College Playoff; I mentioned that ESPN would have to let the bowl TV rights for all the games they televise would be up for bids... except for the College Football Playoff. I am not heartless, and because ESPN does a good job of covering the games, they can keep the rights to the playoff... with a caveat.

Like the current NCAA March Madness deal with TBS, TNT, TruTV and CBS all carrying games, ESPN must be required to either place one or two playoff games(more on that in a bit), one or two bowl games of the New Year's Six(Rose, Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach and Sugar) and either the two semi-final games of the Playoff or the National Championship Game... on ABC Sports itself.

Too long has ESPN treated ABC like an afterthought as far as sports... well that ends here and now. ABC Sports needs to be treated not as a stepchild of ESPN, but as a proper partner for the network; a place where you can see major match ups and major events, with ESPN's analysis and announcers of course... because it's easier that way.

Now for one last proclamation... it concerns the College Football Playoff. Finally, College Football has a post-season they can be proud of; no more will polls or voting determine the national champion of Division 1-A or FBS level College Football, a champion finally is determined on the field... the first of which was Ohio State(who defeated Oregon; who, and sorry to any Oregon fans on here, but I’m very happy as a Washington fan that Oregon was beaten in a championship game).

As for my proclamation concerning the playoff, I am changing the format slightly. Here's how the playoff will work in my world; the six major bowls will still be played(Peach, Fiesta, Rose, Cotton, Orange and Sugar), but with the champions of major conferences. The Fiesta getting the Big 12 champion, the Rose getting the Pac 12 and Big 10 champs, the Orange getting the ACC and the Sugar getting the SEC champion.

As far as the other major bowl slots: it's the best at-large teams(including the champion from the American Conference and the champs of the get ready: MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt, as a true playoff should feature the champion from every major conference, plus the best independent team record wise) left, after all the champions are slotted into their bowl games.

However, there's a bit of a caveat there too; after each of the major bowls is played, the 4 teams with the best records that also won their bowl games(so winning your bowl, even if it is not the Rose or Sugar or whatever, is very important in this format) are slotted by record into the National Semi-Finals of the College Football Playoff.

Let's say the situation turns out like this(as an example): Florida as an at-large wins the Peach Bowl and they have 11 wins, Oklahoma wins the Fiesta win 12 wins, Ohio State wins the Rose with 12 wins, Notre Dame wins the Cotton with 10 wins, Florida State wins the Orange and has 11 wins, while Alabama wins the Sugar with 12 wins.

This means that Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama are 1, 2 and 3(in no particular order); however, in this hypothetical scenario Florida and Florida State both have 11 wins and each won their bowl game. In this world though the tie-breaker would be regular season match up; let's say that Florida State defeated Florida 31-21 in the regular season... which means Florida State plays in the National Semi-Finals over Florida, even though Florida won their bowl game(see what I mean about winning your bowl?).

This world's College Football Playoff would then create a lot more meaning for the regular season, as winning enough games in the regular season and winning your bowl game would give you a larger advantage in making the college football playoff's Final Four. Speaking of which, the Final Four or National Semi-Finals would be open to two different cities, or one different city(if they have two stadiums that would work for such an event), same with the National Championship Game.

However, the big 6 bowls(the Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Cotton, Sugar and Peach) would get first crack at hosting the semis and title game, because they're the major bowls involved in the College Playoff of course.

In my scenario, the slotting for the semis might go like this: Alabama might be slotted 1, so they would play the number 4 seed, in my scenario it would be Florida State. The number two seed in this scenario would be the Oklahoma Sooners, with Ohio State being the 3 seed; so basically 1 would play 4 in the semis while 2 would play 3.

In my scenario let's say the Alabama Florida State game is in Dallas and Alabama wins it; while the Oklahoma/Ohio State game is won by Ohio State and played in New Orleans(as those are the semi sites in this hypothetical). This sets up a meeting between Alabama and Ohio State in Pasadena(as that's who was chosen to host the title game in this scenario); naturally the game is a very exciting one, and goes down to the final two minutes... with Ohio State winning 38-31 on a TD in the last minute(again, this is a hypothetical, so I’m sorry to all Alabama Crimson Tide fans).

Now, as far as the part about the conference champions and the best independent team making it into my playoff... sorry to all fans of any teams who might get shafted in this scenario. I just feel that this scenario is a perfect one for all college football fans; more meaning to the regular season(both with winning enough games and certain games), a lot more meaning to the bowls, and like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, everyone gets an equal shot at the title.

One last thing on the Playoff scenarios in my mind: the BCS busters. If a team like Boise State, Utah(pre-Pac 12), Tulane, Northern Illinois, or someone like Hawaii or BYU manages to go undefeated(or go 11-1), win their conference(or be the top independent), and win their bowl game then there's a good chance they'll be in the National Semi-Finals, no questions asked and yes, while there will be some controversy, they will have earned it... which is the important thing in this scenario.

So, there you have it... what I would do about College Football should I be in charge of the entire sport. Now... let me drop the mike like Bob the Minion from the Despicable Me movies and the Minions movie and I shall retire to my chambers...

I almost forgot, as College Football season is getting ready to start soon, I wish all the teams well in having a good season. Well, unless you play Washington or Washington State then hopefully you lose badly; other than that a good College Football season to one and all.


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