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[All mathematics, theory and explanations given are specific examples of the most probable scenarios. However, this 100% patent approved proposal covering the concept of a Division I college football playoff is not limited in format, ranking procedures, number of games, structure, location, number of teams (particularly 3 or more), or any other parameter similar or identical to those outlined in this proposal]

The following is a list of some of the possible variations to the ideas outlined within ‘Champions are Determined on the Field’:

The first 2 rounds of the Top 12 could be hosted by any 2 appropriate major sites as described if games in this tournament are played on Saturdays only (or for other select reasons):

Round 1
Orange: 2 games Saturday (morning and afternoon start times)
Fiesta: 2 games Saturday (noon and evening start times)

Round 2
Fiesta: 2 games Saturday (morning/afternoon)
Orange: 2 games Saturday (noon/evening)

 

A Tertiary playoff could be added to the postseason mix. This would consist of teams ranked #29 - #44. This Tertiary tournament would be similar to the Secondary Championship format and could be played on Thursdays directly before and at the same sites as Secondary playoff games or at any additional bowl sites (there are several other ways to incorporate these extra games such as laying out the tertiary brackets on Wednesdays; or Wednesdays and Thursdays; or hold the Tertiary games on Thursdays, the Secondary ones on Fridays, and the Top 12 on Saturdays; etc.). Although much like a preliminary before the main event, this format would require further study and is listed mainly to clarify the point that a few issues within the scope of this proposal may need to be negotiated and/or clarified in order to satisfy all parties concerned. If in the next few years, the total number of teams is 119 as expected; then, mathematically, what is the best percentage of the total teams in Division 1A to make it to the postseason?

 

                                    .37 times (119 teams) = 44 teams.

                                    12 + 16 + 16 = 44! [Top 12 + Next 16 + Tertiary 16]

 

This is justification enough for exploring the idea of a Tertiary tournament of 16 teams. A better scenario for incorporating these additional 16 teams for a total of 44 in the postseason may be to combine the Next 16 and the Tertiary 16 for a total of 32 teams into a modified Secondary tournament that would run for five weeks instead of four (remember that the Top 12 tournament spans at  least 5 weeks).

 Regardless of the type of tournament and number of teams involved, there is always the possibility that the first round(s) could be played on the home field of the higher seeded team. However, there are inherent problems with home field advantage in a postseason utilizing poll ranking procedures. The primary purpose of this proposal is to provide the ultimate answer concerning a college football playoff where not even one person (not a single player, not an individual fan, not one administrator) could stand up and rationally say ‘this is unfair’ regarding any of the processes needed for a playoff. This proposal definitely does succeed in it’s purpose, is completely fair, and thwarts any potential for dissent; and, therefore, strongly recommends against the use of home field advantage. Imagine an upstart California team, after last-minute disappointing losses in it’s first two games, running the table the rest of the way with superior performances in every phase of the game. This is one of the most dominant teams in the country by the end of the season as they find themselves in the Top 12 tournament. However, there are a number of teams with either zero, one, or two losses, and; poll slots #5 - #10 are congested into an extremely narrow range of points by which teams are ranked. Final polls place California at #9, but with essentially identical final ranking points as a typically strong #8 Penn State. Now, this exciting California team must pack their belongings and travel across the entire United States to the unfriendly confines of Happy Valley. Regardless of the successes of this California team during the season, only the foolish would bet against Penn State at home. This unfair advantage also holds true for other bracket match-ups (such as #7 vs. #10, etc.). Each and every year where there is home field advantage, some teams will suffer serious consequences because they will be percentage points of percentage points behind other teams in the final polls.

Use only the GP rating formula and/or computer rankings, thereby scrapping all polls with subjectivity.

Divide Div. 1-A into 4 major geographic super-conferences each with 28 - 30 teams (east, west, south, north). Limit non-conference games. The top (1) team in each super-conference at the end of the season would obtain one of the first round byes for the Top 12 tournament.

 

Alternate Tournament Possibilities:

We do believe that the best number of teams for the National Championship Bowl Tournament is, by far, 12! However, as all concepts and principles are non-limiting; listed below are possible solutions for a portion of the examples where the number of teams in a playoff tournament may vary:

# of Teams # of Weeks Format
3 variable round-robin
4 2 (no byes) [wk 1: 2 games; wk 2: Championship]
5 3 [wk 1: top 3 teams bye; then 4 teams in 2 wks as above]
6 3 [wk 1: top 2 bye; then 4 teams in 2 wks]
7 3 [wk 1: top 1 bye; then 4 teams in 2 wks]
8 3 (no byes) [wk 1: 4 games; then 4 teams in 2 wks]
10 4 [wk 1: top 6 bye; then 8 teams in 3 wks as above]
11 4 [wk 1: top 5 bye; then 8 teams in 3 wks]
12 4 see Top 12
13 4 [wk 1: top 3 bye; then 8 teams in 3 wks]
14 4 [wk 1: top 2 bye; then 8 teams in 3 wks]
16 4 see Next 16

Fans love to pull for the underdog. Potential upsets are justification enough for a higher number of teams in a tournament.

# of Teams # of Weeks Format
20 5 [wk 1: top 12 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
22 5 [wk 1: top 10 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
24 5 [wk 1: top 8 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
26 5 [wk 1: top 6 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
28 5 [wk 1: top 4 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
30 5 [wk 1: top 2 bye; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
32 5 (no byes) [wk 1: 16 games; then 16 teams in 4 wks]
44 6 [wk 1: top 20 bye; then 32 teams in 5 wks]
54 6 [wk 1: top 10 bye; then 32 teams in 5 wks]
64 6 (no byes) [wk 1: 32 games; then 32 teams in 5 wks]

There would be an overall potential variation for each configuration where the number of teams vary. For example, if there were 24 teams in the Championship tournament and still 16 teams in the Secondary tournament, there would be a total of 40 (24 + 16) participating teams, as opposed to 28.

 

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