How would you improve Divison 1 football?

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Rangenerd

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My ideas
1) an 8 team playoff. Take the BCS conferance champions, add the best mid-major conferance champion and one at large. If you can't win your own conferance you have no business playing for the national championship.

2) No playing D2 schools. If you are a D1 school you have no business playing a lower division school. All this does is pad the stats of the D1 school.

3) there are to many bowls. Teams that 6 and 6 shouldn't be playing in bowls. Make the minimum requirement 7 and 5.
 

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Rangenerd":2q4emiku said:
My ideas
1) an 8 team playoff. Take the BCS conferance champions, add the best mid-major conferance champion and one at large. If you can't win your own conferance you have no business playing for the national championship.

2) No playing D2 schools. If you are a D1 school you have no business playing a lower division school. All this does is pad the stats of the D1 school.

3) there are to many bowls. Teams that 6 and 6 shouldn't be playing in bowls. Make the minimum requirement 7 and 5.

1) Agree with the 8 team playoff, but not how they're selected. I think the best 8 teams should be in the playoff, regardless of what conference they're in. There may be years when two or more teams from the same conference deserve to be in and other years when none deserve to be in. Texas and Oklahoma are perfect examples this year of two teams from the same conference that are easily among the best eight teams in the country. I don't think a team should be punished for being in a strong conference, and I don't believe a team should be rewarded for being in a weak one.

As for how to pick those eight teams, that's another matter. Maybe take the top eight in the final BCS standings, maybe have a selection committee like in basketball, maybe something else. Either way, I think it would be better than the system we have now.

2) Not sure about this one, but I'd probably leave it as it is. If a 1A school wants to play a 1AA school, that's fine by me. Of course strength of schedule should be a factor in determining who gets in the playoff at the end of the year. Besides, it's good for the smaller schools. The small school that goes to play in front of 100,000 people at Michigan, for instance, will usually make more money from that one game than they will the whole rest of the season. Plus the kids get to play in an atmosphere most of them could only dream of. Remember, college football shouldn't just be about what's good for the big schools.

3) I'd probably leave this one alone, too. Going back to what I said earlier, a team that goes 6-6 in a tough conference shouldn't be punished and a team that goes 7-5 in a weak one shouldn't be rewarded. Only wins against 1A opponents should count towards those six wins, though. Either way, I would definitely want to see the bowl games continue. Sure, there's probably too many of them, but no one is forced to watch. They bring in a lot of money for the schools , they create a lot of excitement for the fans, and are good for the economies of the host cities. Don't know how is it elsewhere, but in the Big Ten every school in the conference gets a cut from bowl game revenue and the NCAA basketball tournament. Come to think of it, I guess you could call that Socialism, but in this case I think it's a good thing. ;-)
 

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Playoff, playoff, playoff. I think most people want it, and eventually it should happen.
Every sport in college has a playoff, with the exception of D1 football.
 

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I don't think the schools have much enthusiasm for a playoff.
The present system works, as an opportunity for alumni to go somewhere warm and party. While they are there, the university can identify possible donors. That is the root of this system. Plus, coaches love that they can go 6-6 and be a hero.
I think they are shortsighted. An 8 team playoff looks like a huge money maker. Win or go home, that is what makes the NCAA mens basketball and the NFL Playoffs the best sports events.
Win, and we'll argue about whether your win was more convincing than someone elses win. That is college football. I may watch a bowl game, if it is on while the family is socializing. When the NCAA basketball starts, or the NFL, I spend an embarrassing amount of time watching.
 

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THAT IS A SIMPLE QUESTION
RATE THE TEAMS BASED ON THEIR SCHEDULE DIFFICULTY (WHICH THEY KINDA DO NOW)
BOWLS SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THE TOP 16 TEAMS
THEN HAVE A PLAYOFF SYSTEM LIKE D2 DOES.
AND NO COMPUTER SHOULD BE DECIDING WHAT SCHOOL GOES TO A PLAYOFF GAME LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LONGHORNS THIS YEAR -- UT BEAT OU SUX (ON A NEUTRAL SITE) AND THEY SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME-- AND I JUST HOPE UF BEATS THE HECK OUT OF OU SUX THIS JANUARY.

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