Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:05 pm
5) AQ Status: I would eliminate AQ status. A D-1 football team or conference is either FBS or FCS. The voters and computers take SOS into account, so there is no need to further segregate the lesser conferences.
4) Preseason Polls: I would eliminate preseason polls for any institution that participates in determining the national champion (Coaches, Harris). Furthermore, I would ban any participant in either of those polls from releasing their own set of rankings prior to the first official poll. The first official poll would not be released until the last week of October. Whether it is politics or sports voters are always inclined to defend their decisions...this often means that pollsters are hesitant to move deserving teams up and undeserving teams down in the rankings despite performance on the field.
3) Schedule: I would enforce the current 12 game regular season schedule. I would make 9 conference games the standard for all conferences. Teams that do not play 9 games in conference would only be eligible compete for an at-large berth to the playoffs. This ensures a full round robin for the 10 team conferences and ensures that all conferences are playing an even number of OOC games.
2) FCS Games: As long as a school has 12 FBS opponents on the schedule I would allow them to play a 13th regular season game against an FCS team. However, this would be at the risk of the FBS team, since a loss could make an otherwise 6-6 team inelegible for a bowl.
1) Postseason System: Everyone wants a playoff...the question is how big of a playoff? There is no perfect number. 8 teams would be enough most years, but there is the occasional 2009 where so many teams from "outside the establishment" bust into the top 10...Leaving out an undefeated Boise State, 1-loss Florida, or ACC champ would be a tough call. 12 teams should capture all of the deserving teams, but adds an extra week of football to the schedule. 16 teams is more even, but a team that is in the running for the NC should be better than #13-#16. Overall I prefer the 12 team playoff. As for the bowls, let them eat cake. Even though they mean very little, everyone enjoys a good OOC matchup...I think it would be enjoyable to watch them between the playoff games.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:04 pm
In 1978 the NCAA split Division 1 into 1-A (now FBS) and 1-AA (now FCS) to provide a line of separation primarily based on the number of athletic scholarships that each school offers. Since that split all but four FBS football teams have played down against an FCS opponent. Only Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington have taken the high road and scheduled strictly FBS competition.
Unfortunately my Washington Huskies are taking the plunge in 2011 and 2012 with games against Eastern Washington and Portland State. The UW staff defended the decision as an opportunity to establish "new regional rivalries"...which is a convenient excuse for a lighter schedule. Obviously the hope is that we can give the team more confidence and time to gel before going into the 9-game Pac-12 schedule, but to me it just makes UW part of a trend in college football that takes away from the competition that we love.
If any school deserves an easier schedule it is Washington, as their OOC schedule has been as brutal as any team in the nation has played over the past 5 years...54 out of 61 total games were against AQ opponents...the 7 non-AQs included Fresno State, Boise State, Hawaii, and BYU (2x). Only Idaho and San Jose State from the WAC could be considered cupcakes...most teams play 2-3 cupcakes each year.
2006: San Jose State, @Oklahoma, Fresno State, and 9 Pac-10 games
Even with the cupcakes in '11 and '12 the Huskies still have better than average OOC schedules over the next few years (1 cupcake, 1 respectable non-AQ, 1 major AQ). Consider that they play a 9-game conference schedule and they will still be playing 10 AQs a year, which is more than most can say.
2011: Eastern Washington, Hawaii, @Nebraska, and 9 Pac-12 games
Part of me is glad that we slightly eased up on the schedule. We are going to our first bowl since 2002. We will not be competing for a BCS bowl for a few more years, so SoS is not a critical issue. Honestly we just need a few winning seasons and bowl appearances to boost recruiting and restore the culture of winning in Seattle. I can understand where the UW staff is coming from in wanting to ease up on the schedule by playing FCS teams...I just don't agree with it.
As a relatively objective college football fan (if there is such a thing) I think the FBS vs. FCS matchups are horrible for the spirit of competition. ESPN and CBSSports would have us believe that the gap between FBS and FCS has narrowed over the last few years. They use games like App St vs. Michigan and JMU vs. Virginia Tech to illustrate their point. But if they were to step back and look at the bigger picture they would clearly see that if anything the gap has become progressively larger over the past 15 years.
FBS vs. FCS (Source: Stats Inc)
Number of Games:
FBS W-L %
*Through Sep 2010
The numbers tell the story. For the most part the games are non-competitive "scheduled wins". Look at how each conference has faired against FCS since 1996. Consider that the 3 traditional powers in the Pac-10 (USC, UCLA, and Washington) haven't played FCS teams and the Pac-10's 95% winning percentage is probably artificially low.
SEC 78-2 .975
The Sun Belt's struggles are understandable...only Louisiana-Lafayette played D-1A football prior to the 90's...FAU and FIU didn't even have football teams until the 00's. The MAC is really the only other weak sister as the Big West is now defunct and most of the losses by Independents were by teams that later joined the Sun Belt and MAC. Every other conference wins over 90% of the games played vs. FCS competition. Why does the NCAA allow these games count toward bowl eligibility?
Let's look at the current 2010 W-L records and see the effect that this policy has had on bowl eligibility.
6-win AQ Teams that are bowl eligible only because they beat an FCS team:
5-win AQ Teams that have not played a FCS team:
My solution: The NCAA require that all FBS schools play 12 regular season games against FBS opponents. Schools would be authorized to schedule a 13th regular season game against an FCS opponent at their own risk...a loss against the FCS team would make an otherwise 6-6 team ineligible for bowls.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:04 am
A look back at the BCS in 1998 and the subjective human vote vs. the objective computers
Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:14 pm
Isner's five set victory over Mahut in 11 hours was easily the longest tennis event ever played. It shattered the previous record by a whopping 4.5 hours. The final line of 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 just blows my mind. I was curious how this stacked up against the longest events in the other major sports. I present to you the most grueling events in sports in order from least to most.
#8 PGA: The longest playoff ever lasted 11 sudden death holes. I've played 72 holes in a day...11 extra is nothing.
#7 NFL: The longest game was a 27-24 Kansas City victory over Miami in 1971. It lasted 7 minutes into 2OT for a grand total of 82 minutes of timed play. Due to sudden death and tie rules the NFL can't really compete for the more grueling event ever.
#6 NBA: In 1951 the Rochester Royals beat the Indianapolis Olympians 75-73 in 6OT. Only 23 total shots were taken in the 6 overtimes. This along with a 19-18 game by other teams the same year helped to pave the way for the shot clock. Probably the most boring game ever, but definitely not the most grueling unless you were watching it.
#5 NCAA Basketball: In 1981 Cincinnati beat Bradley 75-73 in 7OT. More recently the 6OT thriller with Syracuse edging out UConn was a classic marathon game.
#4 NHL: Detroit beat Montreal (Maroons) 1-0 in 6OT in 1936. That's 116 minutes of OT!!!
#3 NCAA Football: Arkansas owns victories over Kentucky (71-63) and Ole Miss (58-56) in 7OT. North Texas also beat FIU 25-22 in 7OT. It is unlikely that we will ever again see a 7OT game as the NCAA changed the rules to force teams to go for 2-pts starting in 3OT.
#2 MLB: The Braves and Dodgers played to a 1-1 tie in 26 innings in 1920. The White Sox beat the Brewers 7-6 in 25 innings in 1984. The Cardinals beat the Mets 4-3 in 25 innings in 1974. The reason I have baseball #2 is the pitching. When you get into the 15th and 16th innings your bullpen starts to get really thin. When you get into the 20th inning you have no choice but to go to a starter.
#1 ATP: How can you top Isner and Mahut? It was all individual effort. I can't see this ever being topped.
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:13 am
The Pac-10 has a proud history of producing more NCAA championships than every other conference, hence the slogan "Conference of Champions". I asked myself this morning, "how would the six Big-12 schools fit in?" The following numbers are courtesy of the NCAA. Keep in mind that the NCAA does not crown a national champion in football.
Posted on: June 7, 2010 4:31 pm
The latest news out of the Pac-10 is that they are mulling the possibility of a 16 team megaconference stretching from Seattle to Austin.
Posted on: April 7, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2010 3:11 pm
Today I will be interviewing two very special guests about their ideas on reforming America. Please welcome the NCAA and President Obama. (applause)
Posted on: March 30, 2010 5:00 pm
Since dismissing Ernie Kent the Ducks have been looking to land a big name in Eugene to turn the program around. Tom Izzo is one of the names being thrown around for the job. Of course the handmappers will tell us that there is no way that Izzo would ever leave East Lansing, but then again they didn't see the implosion of the auto industry coming either. While no one can question Izzo's dedication, MSU fans have cause to be concerned. The economic plight of the mitten has hit rock bottom. The union bosses in their ivory towers have slowy squeezed the life out of a once proud state. Enter Phil Knight and his $10B. The man is rich enough to buy the mitten and the UP, but that's not what he wants. He wants Izzo. He could buy MSU and make it an annex of UO. Heck, he already owns the uniforms that MSU plays in. Right now Phil Knight wants Izzo and Phil always gets his way.
It doesn't have to be that way though. There is another name out there that has not been mentioned. A name so obscurely obvious that Phil has already overlooked it. GORDON BOMBAY!!! He misses coaching, but more than anything the guy is looking for a new challenge. He has already accomplished everything possible on ice. They said he couldn't beat the Hawks, but he did. They said he couldn't beat Iceland, but he did. I never saw D3, but I'm pretty sure he coached the Ducks to an improbable win in that movie too. It has been 14 years since his last coaching gig and not once has his name surfaced. I think that this may be the opportunity that he has been waiting for. He would be a natural fit as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Nobody is better at in-game coaching decisions. When his best players go down with injury he never fails to select an unlikely hero from the bench. His "Flying V" revolutionized hockey in the same way that Bill Walsh's West Coast Offense did football. While I have never seen it in action, I have no doubt that the V would be magic on the hardwood. Bombay's grit and determination blazed the trail for future DUI comeback stories such as Bob Huggins. While his jimmy crack corn and I don't care attitude would occasionally clash with Phil Knight, I believe that the performance of Bombay's team on the court would be worth it's weight in gold. Went you read about it in the papers just remember that you heard it here first.