2010 College Football Playoffs: Selection, Seeding and Matchups

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Ever wonder what a college football postseason would look like with a playoff
rather than the bowl system? Whether you love the bowls, or you are a playoff
advocate, looking at a mock playoff bracket is at least interesting. Over the
next several weeks, we’ll take a look at what the 2010 postseason might have
looked like with a 16-team playoff in place.

In a full-fledged playoff system, all conferences would have to be included,
and the big schools would have to share the revenue that they generate with the
Sun Belt, the MAC and the WAC. That’s why I’m against a playoff. I’m not
convinced that Virginia Tech would make more money off of a playoff. That money
would have to be split up in more ways, and I’ve never seen anyone able to
confidently tell me exactly what a playoff system would be worth.

This article assumes that college football found a way for everyone to make
more money off of a playoff system (I assure you that if they thought that was
possible, they would have already turned in the direction of a playoff).

The Selection Process

In a full playoff system, there would have to be an automatic invite to the
champion of each and every conference. That means 11 automatic bids each year,
so the smallest playoff we could have would be a 16-team format. That would
leave room for five at-large bids, and how those teams are selected would create
a whole new argument.

In all likelihood, there would be a Selection Committee, just like the NCAA
Basketball Tournament. This committee would choose the five at-large teams, and
they would also do the tournament seeding. For the purposes of this article, I
am a Self Appointed Committee of One (high five if you remember that reference),
and I will make all the decisions regarding at-large teams and seeding.

The one major rule is that no conference can have more than two teams in the
tournament. That means only one at-large team can be chosen from any given
conference. That’s to make sure that no conference can create a monopoly on
playoff money. The same system exists

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