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The Great Playoff Debate: 12-team playoff in NFL system

As explained Tuesday, I'll be discussing five different playoff systems. The first was a 16-team playoff with seeding similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. The second is a 12-team playoff similar to the NFL.

The seeding is based entirely on the BCS. Ohio State is the top seed and Florida is the 12th seed. In each game, the higher seed is listed first with a total reseed for the second round. That is the difference between the NFL system and this. Since there is no AFC or NFC here, it made more sense to open the field. If there was an East-West breakdown, you could do a two sided bracket with six teams on each side.

In showing how the tournament works, I pushed 11th seed Arizona State and 9th seed West Virginia through to the second round. Ohio State gets ASU, LSU gets the Mountaineers, and Oklahoma gets the Black Jerseys. The advantage of this is that you keep playing the lowest remaining team, and the four best conference winners get byes. The disadvantage is the travel requirements of the second round, but that's the way the game goes sometimes.

Like the 16-team system, the national semifinals are played at the site of a BCS game. The National Championship game is played at a third BCS site.

Schedule:

Dec. 8
Dec. 15
Dec. 22
Jan 1.
UF @ UGA
ASU @ OSU
UGA vs. OSU
OSU vs. LSU
ASU @ MIZ
UGA @ OK
x
x
HI @ USC
WVU @ LSU
USC vs. LSU
x
WVU @ KU
USC @ VT
x
x

If you wanted to use only the 11 conference winners, this could still work and have one wild card (UGA).