TM NOTE: The following sports post is from my big brother Larry R. Marshall, whom I have referred to in many columns I’ve written.  Besides being my political mentor when I was a kid growing up, not ideologically, but in teaching me about politics as I grew up in the tumultuous times of my own generations, he’s a rabid baseball fan, but particularly a college basketball and football expert.  The post below is for all you sports junkies who, though it’s summer, are already dreaming about fall football, college edition.  The formatting of the “guidelines,” “rotation option,” and “proximity option” were taken from a detailed chart of Larry’s, so any formatting mistakes or confusion, I assure you, is my error.  Digest. Discuss. Debate.

Guest post by Larry R. Marshall, attorney at law in the day, (and former Missouri Republican state senator and asst. attorney general of Missouri under John Ashcroft), college sports fanatic (and St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan) the rest of the time. He lives in Columbia, Missouri, and is a die hard Mizzou man.

There has been a lot of discussions over the years about why the major colleges don’t have a playoff like the other sports. Now they are finally discussing it and my suggestions are below. Everyone is protecting their own turf. My proposal doesn’t give preference to any conference. It doesn’t give preference to any bowl tie in, such as the Rose Bowl; and the Big Ten and Pac 10. It doesn’t give special treatment to any school, such as Notre Dame. It is based on the final BCS rankings. While the rankings may noe be perfect, they’re the best idea anyone has come up with to date.

There is some discussion of a so called plus one, which would pick 2 bowl winners for the championship game. With all the one loss teams a year ago that would be a disaster and really doesn’t provide a true playoff. Some suggest only conference champions, but a look at last year answers that, since Alabama didn’t even play in the SEC title game. Some suggest playing on home fields but that would give the home team a huge advantage.

Finally, I have an education aspect, which would benefit more than the football powerhouses. This probably won’t fly but it should be part of the discussion since everyone is always complaining of the over emphasis of college athletics.

BCS PLAYOFF GUIDELINES

1. There are no automatic qualifying schools or conferences for the BCS Playoff.

2. The top 8 schools in the final BCS rankings qualify for the playoff, with the exception that only 2 teams from any one conference qualify.

3. Stadium Options

a. Alternate years 1st yr. 2d yr. 3d yr. 4th yr.

Orange Bowl

  • 1 v 8
  • 4 v 5
  • 3 v 6
  • 2 v 7

Sugar Bowl

  • 2 v 7
  •  1 v 8
  • 4 v 5
  • 3 v 6

Fiesta Bowl

  • 3 v 6
  • 2 v 7
  • 1 v 8
  • 2 v 7

Rose Bowl

  • 4 v 5
  • 3 v 6
  • 2 v 7
  • 1 v 8

Under this format schools will be assigned regardless of location starting with the Orange Bowl and moving west.

b. Travel Considerations (2012)

  • Orange Bowl Alabama v Kansas State
  • Sugar Bowl LSU v Wisconsin
  • Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State v Boise State (Oregon)
  • Rose Bowl Stanford v Oregon (Oregon)

Under this format schools will be assigned based on proximity to the bowl with the top team given priority.

3. Two teams from the same conference may not meet in quarterfinals (optional)

  • a. Stanford v Boise State (not Oregon)
  • b. Oklahoma State v Boise State ( not Stanford)

4. Semifinals and Final Options

  • a. Played in the 3 Texas stadiums to allow time to prepare. Played in 3 Texas stadiums to allow for better weather protection. Played in 3 Texas stadiums due to more central location and thus fairness of travel.
  • b. Alternate semifinals among premium bowls ( i.e. Orange, Sugar, etc. )
  • c. Alternate final among premium bowls ( i.e. Orange, Sugar, etc.)

5. Scheduling

  • a. 4 teams play 1 more game than currently scheduled.
  • b. 2 teams play 2 more games than currently scheduled.

6. Classes

  • a. March madness causes more lost class time.
  • b. 2d semester starts in middle of January for most universities.
  • c. Only 2 teams may be affected, if effected at all.

7. Financing

  • a. Quarterfinals payout remains the same.
  • b. Semifinals and final payout

1. participants receive expenses plus $1 million.

2. Balance of revenue from semifinals and final is divided equally among top 25 in final BCS poll to be used for academic purposes only.

    • a. Before September 1 of each year schools must identify the specific academic program to receive their share of the payout.
    • b. Each school must verify funds received went to the specified program to be eligible the following year for bowl revenue.
    • c. Based on current payout this makes available $96 million available for academic pursuits

 

BCS PLAYOFF

 (rotation option)

(1)      LSU                

Orange Bowl            Jan 1)                                               

(10)    WISCONSIN  

Semi-final

 Reliant Stadium

Houston, TX (Jan. 8th)

 (7)      BOISE STATE           

 Sugar Bowl (Jan 1)        

(4)    STANFORD  

Final

Cowboys Stadium

Dallas, TX (Jan 15)      

(3)      OKLA. ST.     

Fiesta Bowl (Jan 1)                                                

(5)  OREGON                       

 Semi-final

Alamodome

San Antonio, TX (Jan 8)                                                

(8)      K-STATE       

Rose Bowl (Jan 1)                                                  

 (2)      ALABAMA     

 

1. #6 Arkansas and #9 South Carolina are not participants because no more than 2 teams from any one conference may participate.

2. Oregon and Boise State switch because teams from the same conference ( #4 Stanford and #5 Oregon) may not meet in the quarter finals.

 

BCS PLAYOFF

 (proximity option)

(1)      LSU                

Sugar Bowl   Jan 1)                                               

(10)    WISCONSIN  

                                     Semi-final

                                     Reliant Stadium

                                     Houston, TX            (Jan 8)                                              

(7)      BOISE STATE           

Rose Bowl (Jan 1)                                                  

(4)    STANFORD                                                                                      

 Final

  Cowboys Stadium

Dallas, TX (Jan 15)

 
(3)      OKLA. ST.     

Fiesta Bowl (Jan 1)                                                

 (5)  OREGON                       

 Semi-final

Alamodome

San Antonio, TX (Jan 8)                                                

(8)      K-STATE       

Orange Bowl (Jan 1)                                                         

(2)      ALABAMA     

1. #6 Arkansas and #9 South Carolina are not participants because no more than 2 teams from any one conference may participate.

2. Oregon and Boise State switch because teams from the same conference ( #4 Stanford and #5 Oregon) may not meet in the quarter finals.