Fixing the BCS: Six-Team Playoff

In order to get a couple more teams into the mix, my fifth proposal is a six-team playoff.

Here are the rules:

  1. (Modified) BCS rankings used.
  2. Teams ranked #1 and #2 in the final BCS rankings will have first-round byes and determine the sites of the semi-final games based on traditional conference-bowl affiliations.
  3. Conference champions ranked in the top 10 will automatically qualify for the playoff. If there are more than four conference champions ranked #3-#10, the highest-ranked champions will be in the playoff.
  4. The first round of the playoff will be played the week following Championship Week.
  5. Teams are re-seeded after the first round.
  6. BCS bowls that are not hosting a semi-final game will select their teams based on proposal #1 after the first round.

Here’s how 2013 would play out.

First-Round Game #1 #6 Baylor @ #3 Alabama
First-Round Game #2 #5 Stanford @ #4 Michigan St
Semi-Final Game #1: Orange Bowl #1 Florida St vs. Low Seed (#5 Stanford)
Semi-Final Game #2: Sugar Bowl #2 Auburn vs. High Seed (#3 Alabama)
The Rose Bowl Game #10 Oregon vs. #4 Michigan St/#7 Ohio St
Fiesta Bowl #8 Missouri vs. #6 Baylor/#11 Oklahoma

The past four seasons would probably look like this:

2012

First-Round Game #1 #6 Stanford @ #3 Florida
First-Round Game #2 #5 Kansas St @ #4 Oregon
Semi-Final Game #1: Fiesta Bowl #1 Notre Dame vs. Low Seed (#4 Oregon)
Semi-Final Game #2: Sugar Bowl #2 Alabama vs. High Seed (#3 Florida)
The Rose Bowl Game #6 Stanford/#4 Oregon vs. #5 Kansas St/#8 LSU
Orange Bowl #12 Florida St vs. #7 Georgia/#3 Florida

2011

First-Round Game #1 #10 Wisconsin @ #3 Oklahoma St
First-Round Game #2 #5 Oregon @ #4 Stanford
Semi-Final Game #1: Sugar Bowl #1 LSU vs. Low Seed (#5 Oregon)
Semi-Final Game #2: Fiesta Bowl #2 Alabama vs. High Seed (#3 Oklahoma St)
The Rose Bowl Game #4 Stanford/#5 Oregon vs. #10 Wisconsin/#13 Michigan
Orange Bowl #15 Clemson vs. #6 Arkansas/#3 Oklahoma St

2010

First-Round Game #1 #10 Boise St @ #3 TCU
First-Round Game #2 #7 Oklahoma @ #5 Wisconsin
Semi-Final Game #1: Sugar Bowl #1 Auburn vs. Low Seed (#10 Boise St)
Semi-Final Game #2: The Rose Bowl Game #2 Oregon vs. High Seed (#7 Oklahoma)
Orange Bowl #13 Virginia Tech vs. #3 TCU/#5 Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl #12 Missouri/#7 Oklahoma vs. #4 Stanford/#10 Boise St

2009

First-Round Game #1 #7 Oregon @ #3 Cincinnati
First-Round Game #2 #6 Boise St @ #4 TCU
Semi-Final Game #1: Sugar Bowl #1 Alabama vs. Low Seed (#7 Oregon)
Semi-Final Game #2: Fiesta Bowl #2 Texas vs. High Seed (#4 TCU)
The Rose Bowl Game #8 Ohio St vs. #6 Boise St/#7 Oregon
Orange Bowl #9 Georgia Tech vs. #3 Cincinnati/#4 TCU

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