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SBD/May 1, 2012/Colleges
Sources: Favored Playoff Proposal Will See Semifinal Games At Traditional Anchor Bowls
Published May 1, 2012
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: In Detroit, Michael Rosenberg writes semifinal games “should absolutely be on home fields.” College football “is a campus sport -- that is what makes it special.” Rosenberg: “If you ask Ohio State and Alabama to play in Phoenix, you suck the flavor out of the event” (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/1). YAHOO SPORTS’ Dan Wetzel writes a four-team playoff “may not be perfect, but it's a perfect step in the right direction.” Wetzel offered four details to be considered. First, the playoff “should feature the top four teams overall, not the top four conference champions.” Second, the semifinals “should be played on campus; the title game should be open for bidding to any neutral site in the country.” Wetzel's third option: “If you must hate on-campus games, at least open this up to bid and not engage in the obvious cronyism of using only certain bowl sites.” And last, make the selection process “as transparent as possible,” as the sport “would be best served if it created a single computer formula” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/1).