What great timing.
One day after I wrote this — calling for a playoff in college football and claiming the BCS has failed to do the two things it was intended to do — the BCS launches a site designed to raise questions about a playoff system.
Unreal. Check it out.
There are several questions about a dreaded playoff system on the site. Let me take a few minutes to answer them.
Who would participate?
Answer: 16 teams, including all 11 conference champions and five at-larges
How many automatic qualifiers?
11, the winners of each conference
What would be the criteria to quality?
Win your league, then the other five teams would be selected by a selection committee, just as it is done in college basketball.
What would be the criteria for seeding?
You could use some form of the BCS Standings or just allow the selection committee to seed the teams
Where would the games be played?
Home sites of the higher seed for the first three rounds with the title game being played at a pre-selected site.
When would the games be played?
In December, during the same timetable that the bowls are currently played. Semifinals would be around Jan. 1 with the title game being around Jan. 8.
H-Bowl courting UCLA
Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald is attending the UCLA-USC game this weekend. McDonald would like to invite UCLA to play in the Dec. 30 game at Bronco Stadium.
Given the alternatives, if McDonald can land the Bruins, that would be a coup.
Idaho remains the H-Bowl’s No. 1 target from the WAC.
Name the Score contest
OK, finally what everyone has been waiting for. The “Name the Score” contest is back. The winner gets a gift certificate to Domino’s. Thanks again to Treasure Valley-area Domino’s for their support.
Click here to listen to my audio prediction.
Here are the rules for the newcomers:
Boise State hosts Nevada on Friday evening and here is your chance to predict the score and win a gift certificate from Domino's Pizza for one medium three-topping pizza.
Place your guesses in the comments down below and we will pick one winner.
The closest to the actual score of the game wins.
All entries must be received by 6 p.m. MT on Friday.
When you register to make comments at IdahoStatesman.com, you put in an e-mail address. I will contact the winner through that e-mail address.
No need to freak out if I have not contacted you by Monday or Tuesday. I will get in touch with you next week. I promise.
If it comes down to tiebreakers, closest to Boise State's actual score, closest without going over and then first received will be the tie-breaking order.
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Brian Murphy is co-author of "Blue Magic: Boise State's Unlikely Journey to a Fiesta Bowl Win." You can click here to purchase the book.