Updated: Sep 13, 2019
The 2019 NCAA football season kicks off this Saturday with Colgate versus Villanova at Noon EST. You can throw out the record books when those two powerhouses play each other. For those of us who prefer a game with even more cache, Florida takes on in-state rival Miami (Fla.) at 7:00PM EST.
I love college football. Some of my greatest moments as a sports fan have involved watching college football. The memory that resonates the strongest with me is watching “The Catch” live on TV in 1984. Everybody has seen this famous play, where Boston College QB Doug Flutie connected with Gerald Phelan on a 48-yard Hail Mary pass with no time on the clock to beat Miami 47-45. Thirty five years after it happened, I still get goosebumps when I see “The Catch” on TV. By the way, here's a different angle most have never seen before.
As great as college football is, most fans have some major criticisms:
· Football powerhouse teams pad their records early in the season by steamrolling weak opponents
· Most bowl games are meaningless (with all due repect to the Hostess Twinkie Who Gives a Crap Bowl)
· Teams with mediocre records are eligible to play in bowl games
· The National Championship system is horribly flawed
I have a solution to fix all of these problems: The NCAA should establish a promotion/relegation system similar to the structure of professional soccer in England. Relegation and promotion is a system in which teams are transferred between leagues based on their performance the previous season. At the end of each season, the teams that finish at the bottom of each league are moved down or “relegated” to the league below. Teams finishing at the top of each league are moved up or “promoted” to the league above.
So here is my Foolproof Plan:
Currently there are 254 schools with Division 1 football programs. The teams would be ranked in descending order, from 1 to 254. Twenty-one leagues would be created. Each league would have 12 teams (the bottom league would have 14 teams to accommodate the additional 2 teams). Each league would play a regular season schedule of 11 games, by playing each inter-league team once (each team in the lowest league would play 13 games). Non-league games are eliminated.
In the top league, the two teams with the best records at the end of the season would play in the Fiesta Bowl to determine the undisputed National Champion. The bottom 2 teams in the top league would be relegated to the next league down for the next season.
The top 4 teams in each of the lower leagues would play in two bowl games (1 versus 4, 2 versus 3). Each of the two bowl winners would be promoted to the next highest league. The bottom 2 teams in each league would be relegated to the next league down.
My Foolproof Plan fixes NCAA football by achieving the following:
· Every regular season game and bowl game is meaningful
· Games between powerhouses and patsies are eliminated
· The National Championship becomes legitimate since the National Champion would have played each of the top 11 schools in the nation
My Foolproof Plan makes total sense. Unfortunately, the NCAA would only consider any type of change if it made total profit.
Rich Savidant - OSJ staff twitter