N-team pseudo playoff system.

N-team pseudo playoff system.

Submitted by joeyb on April 27th, 2010 at 2:09 PM
I personally like the idea of 4 4-team pods rotating every two years to become new divisions, so I am going to use that as my setup. Just realize that no matter how many teams you have in your two divisions, you could use this system in the same manner.
Ok, so we have 4 divisions: A, B, C, D. Each team has 3 protected rivals. In Michigan's case this would be OSU, MSU and either ND or Minnesota depending on whether ND joins the Big16. Those 3 rivals are spread across the other 3 divisions. So, Michigan is in A, OSU is in B, MSU is in C, ND/Minn is in D.

In this particular year, A and B get paired together to make Division 1 and C and D get paired together to make Division 2. Every team plays every team in their conference and one game against either rival in the other division. This makes for 9 games.

At the end of the season there is a pseudo tournament in each Division between all bowl eligible teams to determine the winner. The seeding is determined by the number of points that you have from your cross-division rivals. For each win against your cross division rivals, you get (9 - N) / M points where N is your rivals rank in their division and M is your rank. This makes it extremely important for you and your rivals to be ranked highly and for you to beat your rivals each year. Once the brackets are set, the bracket is simulated by the outcomes of the actual matchups throughout the season. The winner in each division plays in the championship game. The division which accumulated the most rivalry points in the above method gets homefield advantage.

So, lets say that Michigan is #2 in the division, OSU and ND are #1 and #2 in the other division and Michigan beats them both. Michigan gets 4 points for OSU and 3.5 points for ND. The #1 in our division beats both of their rivals which were ranked 4&7 in the other division giving them 7 points. Michigan would then get the #1 seed in the playoff.

I like this format because, like I said, it puts an enormous amount of pressure on teams to win the division and to beat rivals. Rivals being bad in a particular year won't necessarily hurt you (especially if you win all of your games in the division). It also possibly hurts teams like OSU who beat everyone, except that low team like Purdue. If they were matched up in the playoff, Purdue would have taken OSU out of the tournament and a team like Iowa or PSU could be given a chance at the championship game, which means beat ALL teams and you won't have to worry about it. It also only takes 9 games during the regular season, adds the benefits of a playoff without adding any more games, and adds some of the randomness of the playoffs.

Thoughts?

Still Bats 16 Team Proposal (w/ Conference Tournament)

Still Bats 16 Team Proposal (w/ Conference Tournament)

Submitted by U of M in TX on April 21st, 2010 at 12:40 PM

First off, I want to apologize if this has been mentioned in previous posts, comments, etc.  But I feel like this is a completely crazy, but potentially fun way to look at the new Big 16.

The conference would be split into 2, 8 team divisions (however you want to divide them is irrelevant to this discussion).  Each division would play round robin style, 7 games with no inter-divisional play at this point. After 7 games, the standings from each division would look something like this:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

 

Woody Division

Bo Division

Team

Record

Team

Record

Ohio State

6-1

Iowa

6-1

Michigan

5-2

Penn State

6-1

Wisconsin

5-2

Notre Dame

5-2

Michigan State

4-3

Nebraska

4-3

Missouri

3-4

Pittsburgh

4-3

Northwestern

2-5

Minnesota

2-5

Rutgers

2-5

Illinois

1-6

Purdue

1-6

Indiana

0-7

 

After the 7 game round robin schedule, the conference tournament would start.  The “Champions Bracket” would have the top 4 teams of each division and the “Bowl Bracket” would have the remaining 8 teams.  Each team in this scenario would have played either 3 or 4 home games.  Things get a little dicey at this point with the matchups. 

 

Assume that Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana played 4 home games in the round robin schedule and the rest played 3. In each tournament, the highest seed from one division would play the lowest seed from the other division with differing schedules. The matchups in the tournament would be as follows:

 

(1) Ohio State at (3) Notre Dame

(4) Michigan State at (1) Iowa

(2) Michigan at Nebraska (4) – Tiebreaker scheme to determine home field for this game

(2) Penn State at Wisconsin (3)

 

(8) Indiana at (5) Missouri

(6) Northwestern at (5) Pittsburgh

(7) Illinois at (7) Rutgers

(8) Purdue at (6) Minnesota – Tiebreaker scheme to determine home field for this game

 

Assuming all the top seeds win, the following teams would be left in their respective tournaments:

 

Champions Bracket Winners

Seed

Team

Home Games

Division

1

Ohio State

4

Woody

1

Iowa

4

Bo

2

Michigan

4

Woody

2

Penn State

4

Bo

 

Bowl Bracket Winners

Seed

Team

Home Games

Division

5

Missouri

4

Woody

5

Pittsburgh

4

Bo

6

Minnesota

4

Bo

7

Rutgers

4

Woody

 

Losers

Seed

Team

Home Games

Division

3

Notre Dame

4

Bo

3

Wisconsin

4

Woody

4

Michigan State

4

Woody

4

Nebraska

5

Bo

6

Northwestern

4

Woody

7

Illinois

4

Bo

8

Indiana

4

Bo

8

Purdue

3

Woody

 

All teams at this point will have played 8 conference games, with the majority of teams having 4 home games.

 

For the second round of the tournaments, the highest seed from one division will play the lowest seed from the other division, with the higher seed getting home field, unless there is a matchup available to even the number of home games.  The matchups would be as follows:

 

Champions Bracket

(2) Penn State at (1) Ohio State

(2) Michigan at (1) Iowa

 

Bowl Bracket

(6) Minnesota at (5) Missouri

(7) Rutgers at (5) Pittsburgh

 

Winners of each of these games would play another game at a neutral field to determine the conference champion for the Champions Bracket and whatever bowl tie-in for the winner of the Bowl Bracket.  The losers of these games regular seasons would be over and they would be eligible for bowl selection.

 

The rest of the teams that lost in the first round would be matched up similarly to the winners with the highest seed from one division will play the lowest seed from the other division, with the higher seed getting home field, unless there is a matchup available to even the number of home games. The matchups would be as follows:

 

(8) Indiana at (3) Notre Dame

(7) Illinois at (3) Wisconsin

(6) Northwestern at (4) Michigan State

(5) Nebraska at (8) Purdue

 

The regular season would be over at this point with each team playing at 9 conference games and 3 out of conference games (4 teams would play 10 conference games).

 

Some of the issues with this format are:

· Entire schedule unknown from the beginning of each season

· Potential conference champion being crowned with 3 (maybe more?) losses

· Potential for the winner of the Bowl Bracket to have less than 6 wins

· Potential for repeat matchups late in the season

· Potential for unbalanced home and away schedules

 

Comment below and tell me what you think!