“I think a lot of people still don’t understand how this is going to work.”

Shorter Bill Hancock:  The extra round of playoffs won’t be a burden on fans, as long as we can get Alabama and Auburn to play each other every year.

And by the way, what WTF is “the integrity of the bracket” supposed to mean?

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33 responses to ““I think a lot of people still don’t understand how this is going to work.”

  1. hassan

    Silly rabbit….regular fans aren’t supposed to go to these things. We sell the majority of the tickets to corporations who dole passes out as they see fit (top customers, contest winners, executive perks, etc…) The reduced allotment is reserved for the top donors of each school that has the resources make such trips happen.

  2. uglydawg

    “You can keep your ticket if you like it”.

  3. PTC DAWG

    Possibly two great games or one meaningless bowl? I know which would excite me more…

    • Enough to take trips on back-to-back weekends?

      • PTC DAWG

        I don’t attend all the games now. Nor do all our fans, not sure how this is an issue.

        • Gaskilldawg

          I guess you don’t understand the issue since you support the team by tuning your television.

          There is a group of folks who are the regular customers at the ticket booth. That group is the most zealous and the group that makes the most significant financial contribution by donating enough to qualify to buy away game tickets and buying away game tickets.
          That group actually travels with the team and is the most burdened by having to decide whether to pay for two expensive trips consecutive weeks or gamble on whether to attend the semifinal or hope we make it to the final.
          Most businesses would do something to reward the customers who buy the most such as rewards points or volume discounts or something. The college football decision makers have no problem doing the opposite.

          Ticket buying and traveling fans can’t afford it? F___ them. Guys we don’t sell anything to want better games on their televisions.

      • sUGArdaddy

        You’re dead on senator. About year 4 or 5 when teams get in for the 2nd time, attendance will go way down.

  4. FisheriesDawg

    “”Now think just a minute about what the Iron Bowl rematch would be like in Los Angeles,” Hancock said.”

    I don’t think it would live up to the first one, honestly. And with a rematch looming, it would’ve heavily diminished the meaning behind the first one.

    • sniffer

      I don’t think a match-up would be allowed. Fish. An Iron Bowl with both teams in the top four or five would eliminate the loser. Even four beating one, loser stays home, IMO.

      • FisheriesDawg

        Huh? Bill Hancock himself said Auburn and Alabama would have played each other in the Rose Bowl in one of the semifinals under next year’s system.

  5. sUGArdaddy

    What I can’t figure out is why home-field advantage is so hard to figure out. Have the teams play the Saturday before Christmas in the 2 highest seeds’ stadiums. That gives 2 weeks after the Conference Championship games. Don’t give me the “finals” answer. There is a bowl game on that Saturday. We’re talking about 4 teams…not 64. The losers go to a designated BCS bowl for each year on Jan 1 or 2 in a ‘consolation’ bowl. But the pressure of the playoff is gone and the kids on 2 of the best 4 teams get to enjoy a real bowl week.

    The winners play the National Championship Game at another BCS bowl or designated site on that Saturday after New Year’s.

    Avoid rematches at all cost. A non-conference or non-division winner cannot go if another BCS-level conference champion has an equal or better record.

    This year:
    Dec. 21
    Baylor @ FSU
    Mich. St. @ Auburn

    Jan.1 or 2
    Baylor vs Mich. St in Sugar

    Jan. 4
    Auburn vs. FSU in Rose

    -Semifinals would be packed to the gills and have incredible atmospheres and must see TV. ESPN Gameday would be bananas on campus for a semi. Absolutely bananas.
    -Rewards regular season and keeps an undefeated record sacred
    -punishes not winning your conference
    -Gives kids who lose semis a great post playoff bowl experience, which they deserve. I keep saying those games are going to be pressure packed and no fun for the kids while South Carolina is spending all week visiting Mickey in Orlando and having a blast for going 10-2.

    It ain’t rocket science. Good lord.

    • sniffer

      Are we still not going to name a National Champion? I bet it becomes “Bowl Playoff Champion” or some such shit, not NC. Has this been determined?

    • Gaskilldawg

      Not disagreeing with your idea, but in your plan who controls, sells and distributes the on campus game tickets? Remember the playoff or whatever it is is not an NCAA event. Does the successor organization to the BCS controll ticket pricing and distribution? If so, the home teams ‘ fans access to tickets is a hell of a lot different than is access to regular season games.

      I cannot imagine that whoever is making money off this deal is going to say, “Georgia, you are the host. Sell the tickets and send us press passes.” Nope, the same gropus who will get tickets to a FSU vs UGA semi in Pasadena will get tickets to a semi in Athens.

      Having the games on campuses will not solve the burden on fans traveling unless the organizing group cedes control over ticketing and I doubt that will happen.

  6. Bright Idea

    The logistics of this will no doubt leave out a lot of loyal alumni but the commissioners and TV execs don’t care. I don’t see Left Coast locals with much interest in a semifinal of southern or eastern teams.

  7. shane#1

    CFB is rapidly reaching my could almost give a shit point. This sport is becoming more NFL every day. You people stay safe tonight, make sure you are prepared and keep warm.

  8. Ben

    “The playoff is banking on local ticket sales for the semifinal games, Hancock said.”

    That’s crap. If I was in one of the areas where there was a semifinal game and my team wasn’t in it, there’s no way I’d pay money for that. These people are going to ruin everything that’s been great about college football. For example, Michigan State’s Rose Bowl win wouldn’t mean nearly as much next year, especially if they went on to lose the championship game. I’d much rather be Rose Bowl Champs or Sugar Bowl champs instead of the forgotten championship game loser.

    • FisheriesDawg

      I’ll go to a Michigan State/Oregon game in Atlanta, but I’m not going to pay what is likely to be $200+ face on the ticket. I’ll go down there and buy one on the street for $30.

  9. sUGArdaddy

    Think Nascar. It was booming 10-15 years ago. They took away the races from places that cared (i.e. Rockingham) to get more out west. They found out the atmospheres stink and the sport is suffering. Oh, so they added a playoff!

  10. AusDawg85

    ESPN should just move everything to Bristol and studio stage all the CFB championship games at historic Muzzy Field. Would save on expense of travel for everybody.

    http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/images/Facilities/3/muzzy.jpg

  11. Athens Dog

    I believe they will have to rethink it fairly quickly and go to on campus for semi finals. Going to be lots of empty seats even tonight……imagine if two southern schools have to play on west coast for a semi final. This is not going to be good.

  12. Will Trane

    It is not issue for us Dawg fans and supporters. None of us will get the chance to go. We’ve only been in the top 25 two out of the last five. Wait. on second thought it might if the AD brings in Cutcliffe or Franklin.

  13. Will Trane

    What Hollywood studio is war paint and war eagle parked at prior to the game and this week? UGA is truly an “east:” team. Play in a bowl solely on the east coast every year lately [optimistic]. When was the last time we went west for a bowl game. Just want to thank Dooley for allowing me to go to 2 Cotton Bowl games.

  14. I had a feeling this was coming. 21-3 Auburn.

    The biggest irony here is that we punish Nick Marshall for being a thief, and he’s rewarded with a starting QB role on a national championship team. Fucking wow.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      All is not lost, Hayduke. FSU comes from behind to win in the end. There is some justice in the world after all.

  15. Will Trane

    Congrats to these 1-6A players Demps, Hunter, & Smith out of Lowndes County HIgh, ACC O Linemen Cameron Erving out of Colquitt County High, and his blocking mate opposite out of Jesup, Tre Jackson for putting the rabbit up the tails of All-Barn!! Took it to All-Barn in the 4th quarter. Now the rest of SEC gangs up on Gus and company next season. Pay back will be hell!!!

  16. Will Trane

    So on the plains they think their D staff is great. Dawgs burned them in the 4th, so did Bama, and others. If you are a high school D player and considering All-Barn, you might want to rethink that. Ellis Johnson is not the guy if you want to go to the next level. Where was AU’ s D line in the 4th? Worre donwn.

    • Ben

      Their D-line was worn down? Where have we seen that before, and what could be the common denominator. Hmm.

  17. Will Trane

    A face mask and horse collar violation in last FSU scoring drive never called. Sure looked like Penn Wagers on the no-call sideline. About as one sided officiating i;ve seen . spike the ball in the endzone. no call. heisman pose. no call. All-barn, all-ways gets favorable treatment by refs. Move SEC office out of the stae of Alabama.

    • Dawgaholic

      Awful call on the FSU taunting penalty considering the situation too. (Unless the refs had specifically warned the kid of that type of stuff earlier in the game.)