How college football would have been different with a plus-one format

by Gina Mizell Published: January 10, 2012


No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Virginia Tech

A two-loss LSU squad, which backed into the national title game after No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia both lost on the final day of the regular season, would have had to get through Virginia Tech first. And the Sooners, who upset Mizzou in the Big 12 title game, would have had a chance at the title.


No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 LSU

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan

Urban Meyer wouldn't have needed to politick for his Florida squad to leapfrog Michigan to prevent a rematch with Ohio State. The Gators and Wolverines could have settled it on the field.


No. 1 USC vs. No. 4 Ohio State

No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Penn State

That classic between the Trojans and Longhorns would have been delayed — or possibly debunked by a Big Ten squad.


No. 1 USC vs. No. 4 Texas

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Auburn

Auburn finished undefeated yet was denied a chance to play for the title. That wouldn't have happened with a plus-1. And maybe we would have a real national champion this year, rather than USC's vacated title. Unbeaten Utah and one-loss California, which were both ahead of Texas in the AP poll, would have been left out of the four-team tournament.


No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Michigan

No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 USC

This season, we wound up with exactly what the BCS was supposed to eliminate — a split national champion. One of the teams that shared the title, USC or LSU, would not have made it out of the semifinals.


No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 USC

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Georgia

This was another season where the No. 1 and No. 2 teams were pretty undisputed, as Miami and Ohio State were the nation's only unbeaten teams. Iowa, which finished fifth in the final BCS standings but was third in the AP poll after the regular season, would have had the biggest gripe about being left out.


No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 Oregon

No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Colorado

Rematch! Nebraska, which played for the national title even though it did not make its conference championship game (sound familiar?), would have needed to go through rival Colorado to get to the Big Game under the plus-1 format. The Buffaloes throttled the Huskers 62-36 in their first meeting.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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