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Exclamation "Frank the Tank" suggests how to select which G5 FB team would get the CFP auto-bid
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With so much interest in the proposed expansion of the CFP from 4 to 8 teams, the redoubtable "Frank the Tank" has made a proposal that some AAC fans may find interesting:

"In terms of providing some more access..., I’d personally allow the 2 best G5 champs play each other on Championship Weekend and the winner gets a playoff spot. Note that this would require the G5 leagues to determine their champs by Thanksgiving weekend (and possibly give up their own conference championship games). The G5 can split all of the TV and ticket revenue from that “G5 Championship” game.

While this doesn’t provide total access to each G5 champ, it at least opens up more chances for each G5 league and keeps more teams in the playoff hunt for longer into the season. (I’m a very big believer that the playoff *race* is actually much more important to keeping the maximum number of fans engaged compared to who actually ends up making the playoff.)"

https://csnbbs.com/thread-921015.html

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Let's start out with the positives of his proposal:

*The AAC champion would have a better chance than they would have if the CFP were to be expanded with no auto-bids.

*It's encouraging that someone with Frank's stature thinks that a proposal to expand the CFP to 8 teams and grant guaranteed access by the top G5 team might actually fly.

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The main negative, from the standpoint of AAC FB fans might be that the AAC mightn't be quite as likely to grab the auto-bid if the AAC team would have to win an extra game to get an auto-bid.

However, it's possible that the NCAA/CFP committee would see Frank's suggestion as being more likely to satisfy 4 of the 5 G5 conferences.

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The main things that he hasn't specified yet, but could be decided with minimal effort, are:

1) What would be the procedures used to identify the "two best G5 champs" ?

2) Would the top FBS independent be treated as a "conference champion?"

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It will be interesting to find out how many readers find Frank's suggestion to be encouraging in any way, and whether they see it as a proposal that might be more likely to pass than a straightforward 5-1-2 formula with 6 auto-bids for the top 6 conference champions that most AAC fans seem to favor.

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04-22-2021 03:32 PM
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A related question:

Does anyone know which G5 conference champion would get the CFP auto-bid in a 5-1-2 arrangement in the following type of scenario:

Imagine a situation in which the AAC is the top-ranked G5 conference, but in which the AAC conference champion is ranked lower than the champion of a lower-ranked G5 conference.

Say, for example, if the 2020 AAC champion (Cincy) had been ranked 12th and Coastal Carolina had been ranked 8th, instead of the other way around (with both teams being undefeated, as they were in 2020):

In that type of scenario, would Cincy or Coastal Carolina be the team that would get the auto-bid?

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Whichever way the decision was made, there would be some controversy, and this may be one of the reasons why Frank the Tank has suggested a mid-December G5 "champion of champions" game to select the G5 representative to the CFP-8.

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04-22-2021 03:41 PM
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RE: "Frank the Tank" suggests how to select which G5 FB team would get the CFP auto-bid
Ugh, not again. No to this yesterday. No to this today. No to this tomorrow.

Might as well just drop to FCS and admit our standing as an inferior and separate division.
04-22-2021 03:42 PM
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(04-22-2021 03:42 PM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  Ugh, not again. No to this yesterday. No to this today. No to this tomorrow.

Might as well just drop to FCS and admit our standing as an inferior and separate division.

It sounds like, from your standpoint, "it's either 5-1-2 (with an auto-bid to the top G5 champion) or bust?"

By rejecting Frank's proposal from the get-go, it sounds like - - if this were the only kind of automatic bid that the NCAA would consider, you would prefer to have no option whatsoever of earning an automatic bid over the option of competing to win a G5 playoff game in mid-December).

Is that what you would actually prefer? If so, why?

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04-22-2021 04:46 PM
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RE: "Frank the Tank" suggests how to select which G5 FB team would get the CFP auto-bid
Since the AAC champ has almost become the default G-5 NY6 rep, why not have the lowest ranking P-5 champ chosen, to play the AAC rep for the CFP slot?
05-02-2021 11:35 AM
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RE: "Frank the Tank" suggests how to select which G5 FB team would get the CFP auto-bid
No and Frank is a blowhard
05-02-2021 11:54 AM
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