January 9, 2012
BCS officials to discuss postseason format changes
By The Sports Xchange
Bowl Championship Series officials are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the postseason format for major college football.
The commissioners of the 11 FBS conferences and the athletic director of Notre Dame will take part in the meeting. Although all possibilities will be discussed, it’s unlikely a full-fledged playoff system will get much attention. The idea most likely to gain consideration is the so-called “plus-one” scenario.
The plus-one system would match the No. 1 team in the final BCS standings against the No. 4 team in a bowl game, and No. 2 team would play the No. 3 team in another bowl. In essence, they would be national semifinal games. The winners would play in a championship game the following week.
The plus-one idea was brought up in 2008 as well, but the proposal was rejected.
Currently, the top two teams in the BCS standings after the regular season advance to the title game. This year there was controversy because No. 2 Alabama (11-1) has already lost to No. 1 LSU during the regular season, and some believe another team should get a chance to play LSU. Alabama is in the same conference as LSU (the Southeastern Conference), and the Crimson Tide did not win a conference title.