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The Great Playoff Debate: Elite Eleven playoff with each conference winner

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 was a 12-team system. Now we present an Elite Eleven bracket with each conference champion.

In this system, the top five seeds have byes. Among the power conferences, only West Virginia will have to play in an opening round game against the worst conference winner (Bowling Green). In the opening round, the seedings are 8 vs. 9, 6 vs. 11, and 7 vs. 10. To demonstrate reseeding in the second round, Florida Atlantic upsets Hawaii and UCF beats BYU. FAU, as the 10th seed, gets Ohio State and ninth seeded UCF goes to LSU.

The most important thing about this system is that all conference winners are rewarded, and BCS power teams are protected by all but one having a bye week. Yes, Georgia or Florida, Kansas or Missouri would destroy FAU or Bowling Green. But, neither of those teams won their conference title. And only Mizzou won their division.

The first two rounds are played at the stadium of the higher seed. National semifinal games are played at a BCS site. These games take place two weeks before the National Championship game at another BCS site.

Schedule:

Dec. 8
Dec. 15
Dec. 22
Jan 1.
UCF @ BYU
FAU @ OSU
USC vs. OSU
OSU vs. LSU
BG @ WVU
USC @ OK
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x
FAU @ HI
WVU @ VT
WVU vs. LSU
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x
UCF @ LSU
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x