We at The Rivalry, Esq. are populist, proponents of the people, dedicated to giving the fans exactly what they want. As Gerry Spence aptly remarked, "I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief."
This kind of attitude is dangerous to the college football establishment; a greedy consortium of 7-fold Windsor knots, media giants, and grumpy old rich dudes -- who apply talcum powder like we apply common sense.
Mack is back, and he wants your vote.
It's my blog and I'll lie if I want to. We don't need major cities, historic venues, television contracts, and corporate sponsors to have a playoff. Heck, we don't even need pads, uprights, or a football.
We just need our minds. That's what the 2008 FBS Fantasy Playoff is all about. Humor me, for a moment and imagine the following scenario. Spurned on by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Congress passed the Football Bowl Subdivision Relief Act of 2008, declaring the Bowl Championship Series agreement an "illegal restraint of trade" in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7 (2000). Citing the competitive disparities between Non-BCS and BCS programs, the system's failure to consider less-restrictive means, the anticompetitive reality that Non-BCS programs cannot play for or win a national championship, and the widespread impact on vertical and horizontal markets, the FBS Relief Act demands the NCAA immediately take action, and instates a cause of action for its failure to do so.
Like any good risk-adverse organization, the NCAA contacted The Rivalry, Esq., noting our general legal fortitude, and college football antitrust expertise. (They also filed suit in Federal District Court, challenging the constitutionality of the FBS Relief Act.) They asked us to find a way to bring the 2008-09 bowl season in compliance with the law.
After much deliberation we recommended, and the NCAA accepted, a modification of the BCS Bowl Infrastructure to accommodate an 8-team playoff. Using the Final BCS Rankings, released December 7th, the details are as follows:
2008 FBS Fantasy Playoff
The top-eight teams in the country have been selected to participate in a three-round playoff on location at each of the Bowl Championship Series sites. The teams have been seeded by virtue of rank.
Round 1 Matchups are as follows:
2. No. 4 ALABAMA vs. No. 5 USC, ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (12/19) 8:00 p.m. EST
4. No. 2 FLORIDA vs. No. 7 TEXAS TECH, ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY CITI (12/20) 4:30 p.m. EST
Over the next several weeks we'll feature these preliminary matchups one-by-one for your vote on the outcome. The winner of Oklahoma v. Penn State will play the winner of Alabama v. USC for the East Division at the higher seeded team's First Round Site on Friday, January 2nd.
The winner of Texas v. Utah and the winner of Florida v. Texas Tech will play for the West Division at the higher seeded team's First Round Site on Thursday, January 1st. (Thus maintaining the New Years Day allegiance of the the Granddaddy of Them All).
So, let's do this. You'll have 48 hours to vote on the winner of Oklahoma v. Penn State. At the conclusion of that period, the polling will close, and we'll declare a winner -- as well as initiate the voting for the next match.
Feel free to use the comment space appurtenant to each post to discuss the matchup, explain your vote, and/or discuss the relative merits/limitations of the playoff format.
At the end of the contest we'll declare our FBS Fantasy Playoff Champion and see how the reader's selection coincides with the BCS National Championship Game.
Viva la revolucion!