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Should The NCAA Follow British Football?? Part 2

If you haven't read Part 1 to this post CLICK HERE.

Ok, now that you know we are living in the world of Spartanski and the college football world is on its head we are about to finish the 2011 football season. For the sake of argument we are going to assume that all seasons would play out the same as they had in the real world. All teams are ranked at the end of the regular season using Mike Huguenin's rankings on Rivals seen HERE. (I know this isn't perfect and these rankings take into account post season play, but I don't feel like creating a BCS algorithm and simulating an entire college football season). It is the end of week 13 (teams have played 12 games), and we are ready for the post season.

This is where college football gets CRAZY in Spartanski. To show this new structure we are going to go one Level at a time.

LEVEL 1:
The final regular season rankings for Level 1 are below:

Rank

2011 Rank Based on Level Constraints

1

Alabama

2

LSU

3

Oklahoma State

4

Oregon

5

Stanford

6

USC

7

Arkansas

8

South Carolina

9

Boise State

10

Wisconsin

11

Michigan State

12

TCU

13

Oklahoma

14

West Virginia

15

Virginia Tech

16

Florida State

17

Nebraska

18

Utah

19

Missouri

20

Notre Dame

21

Auburn

22

Tulsa

23

Texas A&M

24

Northern Illinois

25

Iowa

26

Florida

27

Ohio State

28

Illinois

29

Miss State

30

NC State

31

North Carolina

32

San Diego St

33

Pitt

34

Air Force

35

USF

36

Arizona

37

Connecticut

38

Nevada

39

UCF

40

Maryland

In this structure we have a playoff to determine the National Champion. The top 8 teams are seeded in a playoff. The outcome is below:

Playoff For Level 1 Championship

#1 Alabama

#3 OK State

#1 Alabama

#3 OK State

#8 S. Carolina

#6 USC

#1 Alabama

#2 LSU

#4 Oregon

#2 LSU

#4 Oregon

ALABAMA

#2 LSU

#5 Stanford

National Champion

#7 Arkansas

The playoff replaces the traditional conference championship games, bowl games, and adds an additional game similar to the way the real world 2014 format would. As you can see this gives you both great traditional match-ups and some others you dreamed of: Oregon vs. Alabama, OK State vs. LSU.

In this proposed setup, six teams are promoted and demoted between each Level at the end of the season. Because USF, Arizona, Connecticut, Nevada, UCF, and Maryland finished in the bottoms six of Level 1 (using the rankings above) the get demoted to Level 2 for the 2012 season. There are no major shockers here, nothing looks too odd.

Now let's discuss what happens in Level 2:
The Level 2 teams finish with the rankings below:

41

Baylor

42

Michigan

43

Southern Miss

44

Houston

45

Kansas State

46

Georgia

47

Clemson

48

Cincinnati

49

Texas

50

Penn State

51

BYU

52

Georgia Tech

53

Cal

54

Miami

55

Toledo

56

Washington

57

SMU

58

Iowa State

59

Ohio

60

Arizona State

61

Louisville

62

Temple

63

Northwestern

64

Texas Tech

65

UCLA

66

Tennessee

67

Syracuse

68

Kentucky

69

FIU

70

Boston College

71

Hawaii

72

Navy

73

Oregon State

74

East Carolina

75

Colorado

76

Miami of Ohio

77

Fresno State

78

Ole Miss

79

Army

80

Troy

The top 4 teams from Level 2 are guaranteed promotion to Level 1 for the 2012 season. The Level 2 Champion is determined in a four team playoff. Each of the remaining two promotions are determined using two independent playoffs. These playoffs would be formatted similar to what you see below:

Playoff For Level 2 Promotion

#1 Baylor

#2 U of Mich

Baylor

U of Mich

#4 Houston

BAYLOR

#3 Southern Miss

Level Champ

#5 K State

#7 Clemson

K State

Clemson

#12 G. Tech

K State

#10 Penn St.

1st

At Large Promotion

#6 Georgia

#8 Cincinnati

Georgia

Cincinnati

#11 BYU

Georgia

#9 Texas

2nd

At Large Promotion

So Baylor, Houston, Southern Miss, U of Michigan, Kansas St., and Georgia are promoted to Level 1 to start the 2012 season. The match-ups and football that the fans would get to watch here are AMAZING. I don't even need to talk about it because you can imagine it yourself.

With that said not said, the bottom six teams of Level 2 are demoted to Level 3 for 2012. Say good-bye to Colorado, Miami of Ohio, Fresno St, Ole Miss, Army, and Troy.

LEVEL 3:

Level 3 follows the format of Level 2. The top four teams a guaranteed promotion, the final two spots are at-large and determined via playoffs. The rankings and post season are below:

81

Virginia

82

Rutgers

83

Louisiana Tech

84

Arkansas State

85

Vanderbilt

86

Purdue

87

Louisiana Lafayette

88

Wyoming

89

Wake Forest

90

Washington State

91

Marshall

92

Utah State

93

Western Michigan

94

Western Kentucky

95

Ball State

96

San Jose State

97

UTEP

98

Duke

99

Eastern Michigan

100

Kent State

101

Minnesota

102

North Texas

103

Bowling Green

104

New Mexico State

105

Rice

106

Kansas

107

UAB

108

Louisiana Monroe

109

Colorado State

110

Buffalo

111

Central Michigan

112

Indiana

113

UNLV

114

Idaho

115

Middle Tennessee

116

Memphis

117

New Mexico

118

Tulane

119

Florida Atlantic

120

Akron

121

Charlotte

122

Georgia State

123

Massachusetts

124

Old Dominion

125

South Alabama

126

Texas State

127

UTSA

Playoff For Level 3 Promotion

#1 Virginia

#2 Rutgers

Virginia

Rutgers

#4 Arkasas St

Virginia

#3 Louisiana Tech

Level Champ

#5 Vanderbilt

#7 Louisiana Laf

Vanderbilt

Louisiana Laf

#12 Utah St

Vanderbilt

#10 Wash St

1st

At Large Promotion

#6 Purdue

#8 Wyoming

Purdue

Wyoming

#11 Marshall

Purdue

#9 Wake Forest

2nd

At Large Promotion

I understand that this doesn't look like the most exciting football ever, but let's be honest, who thought the Lehigh vs. Duke or Norfolk St vs. Missouri game would be any fun to watch? We were wrong. So with this Virginia, Rutgers, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas St, Vanderbilt, and Purdue find themselves being promoted to Level 2 for the 2012 season.

Compelling stuff! This format gives you 25 postseason games vs. the current 35-40 conference championships plus bowl games. I don't think that is a bad thing.

The 2012 Level 1 list of teams would look like this:

Rank

2012 Divisions

Level 1

1

Alabama

2

LSU

3

Oklahoma State

4

Oregon

5

Stanford

6

USC

7

Arkansas

8

South Carolina

9

Boise State

10

Wisconsin

11

Michigan State

12

TCU

13

Oklahoma

14

West Virginia

15

Virginia Tech

16

Florida State

17

Nebraska

18

Utah

19

Missouri

20

Notre Dame

21

Auburn

22

Tulsa

23

Texas A&M

24

Northern Illinois

25

Iowa

26

Florida

27

Ohio State

28

Illinois

29

Miss State

30

NC State

31

North Carolina

32

San Diego St

33

Pitt

34

Air Force

35

Baylor

36

Michigan

37

Southern Miss

38

Houston

39

Kansas State

40

Georgia

In the Spartanski model, a few real world top 25 BCS teams would not even be in the top Level: Clemson, Oregon St, Texas, UCLA, Rutgers, Louisville, Arizona, and Washington. Kent State would actually be in Level 3! CRAZY

This is the end of my fantasy world. Let me know what you think... How compelling is this? What would you change?

This is a FanPost, written by a member of the TOC community. It does not represent the official positions of The Only Colors, Inc.--largely because we have no official positions.

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