BPI SPORTS PLAYOFF FORMATS
I have created 3 major college football playoff formats, however only the first setup (the 8-team playoff) is the official BPI Sports D1-A/FBS postseason tournament format.
1. An 8-team playoff with no automatic bids. The top 8 teams in the final regular season BPI Sports rankings make the playoffs regardless of conference affiliation. 12 bowl games will also be included, allowing this postseason tournament to rotate across 19 different sites/cities every 5 years.
2a. A 16-team playoff with 11 conditional automatic bids for conference champions and 5 at-large bids. The conditional automatic bids will most likely pertain to the bottom 5 conferences (C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and WAC) and they'll have to rank at least 40th or higher to get an automatic bid in the final regular season BPI Sports rankings.
2b. A 16-team playoff with 9 automatic bids to conference champions and 7 at-large bids. The 6 BCS conferences would get automatic bids, then 3 out of the 5 remaining conferences would also get automatic bids, again based on the final regular season BPI Sports ranking. The 3 highest ranked conference champions of the remaining 5 conferences are in.
I put the conditions on the automatic bids for conference champions because of teams like 2001 North Texas who won the Sun Belt yet finished the regular season, 5-6 and the 2005 Arkansas State team who also won the Sun Belt and ranked 93rd in the final BPI Sports rankings that year.
There's only one BPI Sports College Basketball Tournament setup and it looks like this...
A 64-team tournament comprised of the 31 Division 1 regular season conference (not conference tournament) champions and the 33 highest ranked remaining teams according to the final BPI Sports college basketball rankings. Teams will be seeded according to their final regular season BPI Sports ranking.
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