Division IA College Football PlayoffsTony Dziepak, January 2004, Revised 9 December 2014
This article describes the adoption of a football playoff to replace the BCS subdivision of the NCAA Div. I. It contains current and past hypothetical playoff brackets.
As of the 2-14-15 season, the NCAA Division I bowl subdivision went to a 4-game playoff.
2014-15 example (with simulated BCS rank):
1 Alabama (SEC) 2 Florida St (ACC) 3 Oregon (P10) 4 Ohio State (B10) 5 TCU (B12) 20 Boise State (MWC) w/ch nr Marshall (CUSA) w/CH nr Northern Illinois (MAC) w/ch Play-in games: nr Memphis (AA) vs nr Georgia Southern (SB) At-large selections: 6 Baylor (B12) 7 Mississippi St (SEC) 8 Michigan St (B10) 9 Ole Miss (SEC) 10 Arizona (P10) 11 Kansas State (B12) 12 Georgia Tech (ACC)
1) Extra featured games occur starting Labor day weekend (from Thursday night through Labor day Monday).
Game limitations: Teams will be restricted to 16 total games per season. All teams selected for the championship must be eligible to participate through the tournament. Therefore, teams entering the bracket of 16 must have played no more than 12 games so far. This includes the total of Labor day feature games, regular season games, play-in games, and conference championship games.
Teams not selected for the 16-bracket (including play-in losers) may participate in one nonplayoff bowl game. This bowl game may take place on any day from the Tuesday before the first Monday in December through start time 4 hours before the start of the championship final on January 1.
Playoff Location: Play-in games will be played at the home field of the higher-ranked team.
The first round of 16 will be bracketed in four regions: East, South, Midwest, and West, four seeds in each region, with the higher seed enjoying home-field advantage. At the home team's discretion, they may use an alternative stadium.
The quarterfinals will be played on a neutral site within the region. The semifinals will be at neutral sites and will likely be at the locations of the current BCS major bowls (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, and/or Sugar).
In seeding and placing in regions, try to break up conferences into multiple regions, try to avoid rematches, esp. conference rematches and conf. championships rematches by placing in different regions or not together in first round.
Bowl eligible: no probation, winning (greater than .500) percentage counting only IA wins but all losses, min 6 IA wins, max 6 total losses, 10-13 games prior to bowl.
Championship eligible: must be bowl eligible plus max 12 total games. Play-in eligible: bowl eligible plus max 11 total games.