Like rooting for your favorite shelled amphibian in a turtle race, college football fans are patiently watching the NCAA crawl towards a monumental change to college football’s post-season. Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com wrote a detailed story fleshing out where the playoff seems to be headed, basing his conclusions on a survey of conference commissioners.
Using McMurphy’s results, I speculated backwards on what the past six seasons’ post-seasons might have looked like. You’ll need to read his article to get all the details, but the Cliffs Notes version is this:
Four-team playoff. First round at home fields of higher seeds a few days after Christmas. Three highest-ranked conference champions get invited. The fourth spot is a wild card, going to the highest-ranked team not qualifying as a top-3 conference champion. The championship game (played at a current BCS bowl site) occurs between January 7th and 13th.
I’m only going to add one “rule” to McMurphy’s, and that’s only because ...