AllThingsKC wrote:They should have started with 8. As it stands now, at least 1, and possibly 2, conference champions will be out.
And how exactly is the Big 12 champion determined?
If Baylor and TCU win this weekend, they are co-champions but TCU is ranked higher despite losing to Baylor.
If TCU and K-State win this weekend, they are co-champions and TCU has the tie-breaker. But K-State would still get a championship trophy.
And according to ESPN, the Big 12 will only acknowledge Baylor's head-to-head win over TCU if both Baylor & TCU are left out of the playoff. That really sucks for Baylor since (if they win this weekend), their only crime is being in a conference that screws over its members. Of course, they could lose this weekend and it would be a moot point.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Big 12 got 2 teams in the playoff and I wouldn't be surprised if the Big 12 is unable to fill all of its bowl slots. What a mess. But hey, the Big 12's motto is "One True Champion."
As far as the SEC goes, things are a mess for the playoffs. The SEC could be left out completely or the SEC could get up 2 teams in (though I don't know which SEC team would be worth a 2nd spot). Worst case for the SEC is being left completely but still having 12 bowl-eligible teams. Weird stuff.
There's no requirements that participants in the playoffs be conference champions so it really doesn't matter what the B12 does or who they support. If TCU beats ISU, they are essentially a lock and probably deservingly so as they are the best team in the B12....they have a developed a decent defense and their offense is exceptional. I doubt if Baylor goes or has a chance to go under any circumstance. The B12's position is simply aligned with the original intent of the CFP.
Conference championship games are a relatively recent phenomena and really a function of outsized conferences getting too large to even function as conferences. With 14 teams, the SEC and the B1G are really more of a business affiliation - has Mizzou even played LSU or MSU in the 3 years it's been in the conference? Or Auburn outside of the SEC championship? I don't think the Big VIII ever had a championship game in football. I don't remember the Big X having one. I guess if the playoff format went to 8 teams and took the top 5 conference champs, the Big XII would have to devise a way of settling the matter but there's no real need presently.
With an 8 team format - that's 3 post season games in addition to a conference championship game for the two teams to make it to the final. I suspect that an 8 team format will be eventually enacted but that's a lot of games and downs for amateur players. The average college game already has 35-40% more plays than an NFL game- that's a lot of opportunity for career ending/limiting injuries not to mention the issues it creates for the 90% who will never play a down in the NFL. At least it will never get to a field of 64.