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New playoff format to be dubbed ‘National Championship Series’?

Bob Bowlsby AP

When it comes to the future of college football’s postseason, one of the few knowns at this time is that the BcS will cease to exist and a playoff consisting of four teams will begin following the 2014 regular season.

One of myriad unknowns?  The name of the playoff format that will take the place of the Bowl Championship Series, which carries with it too much baggage to be attached to the revamped postseason.

For those concerned over this kind of minutia, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has seemingly come to the rescue.  In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Bowlsby said that he’s “very excited about what has happened with the BCS, which will be probably known as the national championship series going forward.”

So, there you have it.  From “Bowl Championship Series” to “National Championship Series.”  Maybe.

My initial gut reaction to the proposed name?  Meh.  As with the format itself, anything’s better than the BcS and all it had come to stand for.

So, what are your thoughts?  Like the “NCS”?  Loathe it?

Vote below, and offer up alternative names in the comment section below that.

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49 Responses to “New playoff format to be dubbed ‘National Championship Series’?”
  1. papabush88 says: Jul 7, 2012 1:04 PM

    I just want USC to play LSU. It was supposed to happen in 2003 and 2007. Long overdue

  2. bertenheim says: Jul 7, 2012 1:08 PM

    How do you manipulate the letters “NCS” for editorial effect?

  3. ihatedallasandauburn says: Jul 7, 2012 1:33 PM

    they should just call it the sec championship series or the scs if you will
    rtr , httr

  4. Deb says: Jul 7, 2012 1:52 PM

    They can name it whatever they want, but everyone will just call it the playoffs.

  5. mgavin78 says: Jul 7, 2012 2:13 PM

    By 2014 the Canes will be back on top of the football world, so it should be called the U championship series.

  6. frug says: Jul 7, 2012 2:17 PM

    Does mean they will get rid of the stupid FBS/FCS names?

  7. papabush88 says: Jul 7, 2012 2:19 PM


    Hilarious. Ever heard of Paul Dee? As long as there are prisons and police, miami’s program is going to have tough time

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 7, 2012 2:27 PM


    I am for a USC – LSU matchup post season for all the marbles. But, LSU has to make it successful through the SEC West and then SEC Championship game first. That is not easy and this year may be even more difficult with the SEC East coming on again. No sour grapes here, but USC does not seem to have a tough schedule this year. I don’t think they will be really tested for the most part, and maybe not much at all.

    I like Commissioner Bowlsby’s suggestion, but maybe someone has a better one. NCS…hmm. I am still excited about having playoffs.

  9. papabush88 says: Jul 7, 2012 2:43 PM


    True, USC’s schedule is uncharacteristically easy considering what it has been the last ten years. However, I dont think that takes away from how good they could be. We know what their offense will look like. If their defense looks like what it was in the second half of 2011, this could be a special team.

  10. bertenheim says: Jul 7, 2012 3:03 PM

    USC’s sched stacks up well against those of FLA, AL, Ark and UGA.

  11. mrlaloosh says: Jul 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    How about the “continue to exploit college athletes in return for mega-bucks series”. . Thats all that really matters. The MONEY!

  12. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    I agree USC’s 2012 schedule is quite a bit easier than most, if not all, schedules they have had for the past decade. However, somehow, we must have SOS (strength of schedule) apply toward rankings and test of strength for teams. If USC has a better than average defense this season, with their offense, they have a very special team. They don’t need a great defense, just about average or a tad better and that will be all they need for their schedule this season.

    LSU has FL as they have every year and SC this season along with the regular cast of difficult foes of Alabama, Auburn, and Arkansas or the AAAs. Should be an interesting and entertaining season (as southernpatriots said of last season and they were correct!)

  13. corvusrex96 says: Jul 7, 2012 3:42 PM

    So long as they keep Jim (Legends & Leaders) Delany away from naming it I am sure whatever they come up with will be fine.

  14. manchestermiracle says: Jul 7, 2012 4:06 PM

    NCS? Isn’t that what half of MLB’s playoff is? This new format would’ve been better served by people with a little more imagination…

  15. manchestermiracle says: Jul 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    And the comments about USC’s schedule are hilarious. When the SEC stops lining up Div. II teams every year (something USC has never done) then you can comment on schedules. SOS in theory sounds good, but how is a team even allowed to post a walk-over Div. II victory on their record?

  16. papabush88 says: Jul 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    Very true. Only three schools have NEVER scheduled a game against an FCS school. USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame

  17. thefiesty1 says: Jul 7, 2012 4:36 PM

    Bowlsby speaks? What’d they do? Finally put Neinas out to pasture?

  18. sssjim7 says: Jul 7, 2012 7:43 PM

    What are you talking about? LSU and USC play quite often… although it saddens me to say that USC is on the short end of a 16-2-1 overall record against the Tigers… they almost beat them the last time they played in Columbia (unlike Alabama, which got their butts handed to them)… except for a trick play at the goal line, Carolina might have won… (I gotta admit, though, I liked that call… )

    Oh, wait… could you be talking about Southern California? Everyone knows that school is not the real USC! :)


  19. thraiderskin says: Jul 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    I like the name…

  20. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 7, 2012 9:05 PM


    A great sense of humor is priceless! You have one. Kudos!

    One of the best lines from Coach Spurrier was posted here on CFT when he heard that LSU Coach Miles pulled the same play last season that he pulled against he and his team when he coached at Florida (the pass/lateral from the field goal holder to gain a touchdown/first down). Coach Spurrier said he watched the entire LSU game to see that play, because he just could not believe that Miles pulled that off again, as he had done with him a few years earlier…ha! Spurrier has such a great sense of humor as well, and of course Miles seems to be a world of his own sometimes…ha. I would like to be a fly on the wall when they have conversations!

    southernpatriots are good friends with two renowned USC players who now live in North Augusta and Aiken, SC with their respective practices.

    The game this year with USC is not a game I look forward to. USC will have a team this year. Florida is picked to win the East, but USC can easily do that if they remain injury free.

    Thanks again for your humor (and truth)!

  21. bozosforall says: Jul 8, 2012 12:11 AM

    Anything less than an eight-game playoff is a joke.

  22. bozosforall says: Jul 8, 2012 12:15 AM


    The SEC doesn’t schedule D2 teams. And your team playing the likes of San Jose State, a team that would get crushed by many FCS teams from the South, isn’t much different anyway.

  23. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 1:26 AM


    How many national championships does University of South Carolina have? How many total championships does the school even have? Compare it to the real USC in Los Angeles. By the way, the University of South Carolina was founded as South Carolina College. They changed their name to the University of South Carolina in 1891…eleven years after USC in Los Angeles was founded. We’ve been called USC longer than South Carolina has. What makes it even worse is that USC has dominated the country in national championships, along with UCLA and Stanford. USC has 11 football NC. How many does South Carolina have?

  24. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 8, 2012 8:07 AM


    I know you felt you had to make that factual post, but don’t begrudge Jim to have a little fun.

    There is no doubt in anyone’s mind (at least that knows much of anything about college athletics, much less college football) that USC is one of the pre-eminent powers historically, and arguably the pre-eminent college athletic power historically and who loves college basketball that does not remember the legend John Wooden and his incredible teams and records at UCLA?

    Jim’s having fun. After his baseball team only fell a run or so short in winning it all a few weeks ago.

    LSU will have to get past the gauntlet of the SEC West this year again (AAAs, etc.) and add in Florida and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (one of those teams are expected to win the East) then play them AGAIN in the SEC Championship (and who thinks it is easy to play a really good team twice in a season in college football?)…all of that before LSU would be considered to play the University of Southern California Trojans. That is a huge long way, a huge amount of obstacles and challenges and I hope LSU is up to them all.

  25. vincentbojackson says: Jul 8, 2012 8:43 AM

    I don’t care if the call it the WNBA playoffs. We’ll all watch if they get the right four teams in.

    These presidents and AD’s seem like they’re already over thinking this thing.

  26. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 11:49 AM


    All very true. I have always recognized the SEC as a strong conference in the last ten years. However, USC too will probably have to play a very good Oregon team twice this year as well. Stanford still should be solid, with Washington and Utah as sleeper teams/up and coming power teams. I have huge respect for Alabama and Florida. Always liked those programs. LSU is great as well although Les isn’t my favorite guy, but I still recognize him as a good coach.

  27. sssjim7 says: Jul 8, 2012 12:42 PM


    uh… officially 8 I believe, but only 2 that I would count as real… are you suggesting that being good and being USC should be synonomous???? lol… how long have you suffered in torment? It’s easy to follow a winner… much harder to struggle under “the curse” … yeah… for now Southern Cal may have more national championships… “but wait until NEXT year!!!!! ” :)

    (I was actually at the game in 1983 when Carolina beat Southern Cal 38-14… took a picture of the scoreboard, too – lots of people did – it is a quite famous picture – it says “The REAL USC” – lol)(overall USC vs USC record 1-1)

    I’ll make a deal with ya, though… if… IF… IFF South Carolina wins the SEC east AND goes undefeated AND makes the 4 team national championship AND plays Southern California for the National Title…. then we can settle it on the field and the winner can take the “USC” logo… for now… at least until the next school with those initials starts playing football… :)


  28. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 1:53 PM


    I didn’t really follow much of what you were saying. You’re not the real USC. Youre not even recognized as it. Google “USC football” or just “USC” and see what comes up first. And you already lost in court. USC keeps our logo that South Carolina tried to steal. How can you be the real USC if you were named USC in 1891 and my USC was named USC in 1880? The fact is that your school has been around for roughly 80 years longer than USC in Los Angeles and still USC in Los Angeles has way more historical significance. If USC were its own county, we’d rank 8th in good medals for the Olympics. The NFL Network has also recognized USC as the number 1 NFL factory in all of college football. I saw their top 10. South Carolina wasn’t on it. Tennessee, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and even Syracuse were on it. I will say that I enjoy Steve Spurrier. Great coach. And I actually like your team. Jadveon Clowney is a beast and I thought Alshon Jeffrey was the best WR in the draft. Of course Lattimore is fun to watch as well. But don’t say a bunch of asinine things like South Carolina being the real USC. Number one: it’s not even true legally ir logically. And 2: it doesn’t help your cause. The fact is that USC and South Carolina are on the rise in CFB. Both schools’ football programs got in trouble with the NCAA for stupid reasons, although South Carolina was involved in way worse things than USC in which it was only Reggie Bush and you guys had several members involved. But who is rising faster? I’d say USC who is still in the middle of some of the most egregious sanctions and ranked in the top 2 for 2012. We were picked to lose half our games last year, while no one was talking about us, and we went 10-2 finishing fifth in the country before bowl season.

  29. sssjim7 says: Jul 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    lol @ papabush88

    are you serious? lol

    I was just poking fun at a ridiculous arguement (there is no real USC… they are all USC… including schools that we haven’t mentioned)

    Just one of those *fun* fan arguements… didn’t mean to upset you or get you all serious on me… I grew up watching the Notre Dame – Southern Cal rivalry – saw OJ Simpson run for a touchdown to beat the Irish – love the Southern Cal band that plays that annoying song the entire game… heck, I’ve probably been watching the Trojans play longer than you have… I like them:)

    Besides, I graduated from Clemson… that is the REAL university – ROFLMAO:)


    ps. yes, I like and follow both schools… :)

  30. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 2:38 PM

    Wow. You like Clemson AND South Carolina?!!? Never heard of that before. I know it’s a fun fan argument. I’m just very competitive and serious about my CFB. The one thing the NFL had right that CFB did not was the playoffs. Now they got that coming soon. NFL needs to adopt college football’s overtime rules. So much more exciting in CFB.

  31. kozbee says: Jul 8, 2012 4:50 PM

    When all these greedy people start seeing the millions flowing in from the playoffs,then we will see more then a four team system playoff..

  32. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 5:07 PM



  33. bozosforall says: Jul 8, 2012 5:15 PM


    You gotta just ignore little girls like mamabushleague here on CFT…outside of his parents paying for him to get a degree from an overrated school like Southern Cal, he has no other life…and nothing else going for him. So, of course, he will get his panties in a wad about something as stupid as “who is the real USC”. BTW, great observation that they are ALL called USC, no matter what pompous a$$es like mamabushleague think.

  34. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 6:09 PM


    My tuition was free, sweetheart. No problem with anyone calling south Carolina USC, but not the real USC.

  35. bozosforall says: Jul 8, 2012 6:23 PM

    They are all the real USC, sugar boy. Your school is still overrated and anything that they have or will accomplish athletically owes not a thing to anything that you have ever done (unless you were one of the boosters paying players).

  36. papabush88 says: Jul 8, 2012 8:56 PM


    Ouch. I’m going to cry. I did have to pay for books and such while at USC, so I guess their athletic accomplishments will pay me back that way. Oh good. I can stop crying now. Never thought about that until you pointed it out to me. Thanks dude. Feel better now.

  37. klownboy says: Jul 9, 2012 9:58 AM

    Yeah, pretty different I am sure. HA! Why don’t they just call it for what it is: the BCS on ‘roids…

  38. papabush88 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:35 PM


    I strongly agree with you on an eight team playoff. 4 isn’t good enough. But the BCS and NCAA seem to be bureaucratic institutions that work very slowly. Maybe we will see it in another 10-15 years. Do you think they will shorten the season for teams?

  39. manchestermiracle says: Jul 9, 2012 3:30 PM

    bozosforall: Not much for facts are you?

    Pac-12 teams will on average play 9.92 games against BCS opponents. That is the highest rate amongst the power conferences. That is due to nine conference games and .92 BCS non-conference games on average per team.

    USC plays the manliest schedule in the country next year. The Trojans play a whopping 11 games against BCS opponents. Even their 12th game is against an MWC team, which is the toughest non-BCS conference hands down.

    The Big 12 comes in next with 9.70 games against BCS opponents. It is followed by the Big Ten with 9.25 games against BCS opponents.

    Coming in dead last we have the SEC with 9.00 games against BCS opponents. It factually challenges itself less against BCS-level competition.

    It gets worse for SEC sycophants.

    Remember when I pointed out the MWC is the best non-BCS conference? Well, the Pac-12 comes in manliest again. On average, 58 percent of Pac-12 teams will play a game against the MWC. So the Pac-12 will not only challenge itself the most against BCS competition, it will also challenge themselves the most against the best non-BCS conference as well.

    The Big 12 comes in second place once again at 30 percent, with the Big Ten trailing at 17 percent.

    How did the SEC do?

    It came in dead last with zero percent.

    The SEC is too busy playing the Sun Belt (the worst FBS conference, hands down) and cupcakes (FCS or below). On average, 79 percent of its teams will play a game against the Sun Belt Conference. That is easily the highest rate amongst the big four BCS conferences. The Big 12 on average will play 30 percent, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten at a mere 8 percent.

    Do not forget about that cupcake schedule diet, either. The SEC plays an alarming 114 percent against cupcakes. Every single school plays at least one cupcake while Texas A&M and Mississippi State play two apiece.

    Mississippi State deserves a special call out for playing the wussiest schedule of any team in the SEC. It only plays a total of eight BCS games (minimum conference requirement) and its non-conference schedule is made up of the aforementioned two cupcakes and also two games against the Sun Belt Conference. Way to challenge yourself, Mississippi State!

    While every major BCS conference is guilty of eating cupcakes, they do so at a lesser rate compared to the SEC. The Big 12 is at 90 percent, the Pac-12 is at 75 percent and the Big Ten comes in looking the best at only 67 percent.

  40. manchestermiracle says: Jul 9, 2012 3:52 PM

    bozo: Some more facts for you to try and wrap your tiny mind around:

    2012 SEC exhibition games:

    Nov. 17: Alabama vs. Western Carolina
    Sep. 1: Arkansas vs. Jacksonville State
    No date: Auburn vs. Alabama A&M
    Nov. 17: Florida vs. Jacksonville State
    Nov. 17: Georgia vs. Georgia Southern
    Nov. 17: Kentucky vs. Samford
    Sep. 29: LSU vs. Towson
    Sep 1: Ole Miss vs. Central Arkansas
    Sep. 1: Mississippi State vs. Jackson State
    Nov. 17: South Carolina vs. Wofford
    Sep. 8: Tennessee vs. Georgia State
    Sep. 1: Texas A&M vs. McNeese State
    Sep. 15: Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian

    Missouri has four open dates and hasn’t released its non-conference schedule. Looks like Nov. 17 is the SEC’s big play-a-powderpuff-and-take-the-week-off. What was that you were saying about the SEC not playing FCS schools? The SEC pads its schedule every year with Div. II schools. They don’t even play a nine game conference schedule like all the other big boys do.

    Funny how all we hear is about how much better the SEC is than everyone else, yet they can’t even schedule all Div. I teams. And they limit competition within their own conference with only eight games a year. Strength of schedule? Apparently the all-knowing computers (most of whom don’t release the criteria they use) say they factor in SoS, but how can that be when the SEC is busy fattening their win total with what amounts to Class AAA opponents?

  41. pulpfictionado says: Jul 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    My preferences

    1) A playoff (18 is the optimal size, 24 or 16 would be acceptable)
    2) the old flawed bowl system
    3) A plus-one
    4) A law prohibiting more than one team from finishing unbeaten
    5) a five-game regular season, followed by a 120-team tournament.
    6) No postseason at all
    7) Anything else not mentioned
    8) The BCS

    papabush88, alligatorsnapper: USC is playing 12 FBS opponents this year. 11 AQ teams an Hawaii.

    manchestermiracle, the SEC does not play Div. II teams.

    sssjim7: University of Spoiled Children=USC
    University of South Carolina=USCe

    papabush88: “How many national championships does University of South Carolina have? 0, same as the real USC in Los Angeles.

    manchestermiracle: great use of evidence. “The SEC is too busy playing the Sun Belt (the worst FBS conference, hands down) and cupcakes.” True now, but the WAC will soon be sharing that ignoble space.

  42. papabush88 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:14 PM


    Please explain how USC has zero national championships. Last time I checked their most recent came in 2004 by the AP

  43. papabush88 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:25 PM


    You’re right. We are spoiled at USC. A top 25 university where the only thing more beautiful than the weather is the women as well as as ports program whose popularityin the city is second only to the Lakers. Not to mention that I believe we are the only school in the country where all of the fraternities and sororities are on the same street. Big time spoiled. I’m just glad my tuition was free and my parents didn’t have to pay!

  44. pulpfictionado says: Jul 10, 2012 10:53 PM

    papabush88: USC has 17 Mythical national championships, but no real national championships.

  45. papabush88 says: Jul 11, 2012 12:27 AM


    Mythical championships? I’m sure you have a lot of credibility. USC is a part of the NCAA and we are recognized by the NCAA as having 11 national championships. If you think that only BCS championships count, then that is the biggest joke of all. The BCS should have been tossed after Oregon was excluded in 2001, but instead it repeated itself with the snubbing of USC in 2003 and 2008 and a couple of Utah teams. In case you didn’t realize, the BCS has been in shambles and that is the reason they’re tearing it down and rebuilding a better system.

  46. pulpfictionado says: Jul 11, 2012 5:52 PM

    papabush88: the AP, Billingsley and Congrove Computer Rankings are all at least as legitimate as the BCS. USC has no NCAA championships in gridiron. Grand Valley State has four. North Dakota State has six, as does Georgia Southern.

  47. bozosforall says: Jul 11, 2012 10:54 PM


    Too bad that your tiny little mind can’t comprehend the fact that the FCS is NOT Div II.

  48. bozosforall says: Jul 11, 2012 10:58 PM

    The SEC has won the last six BCS titles. On the field. That is the only fact that matters. U of Spoiled Children fans can read that and weep.

  49. suprmous says: Jul 12, 2012 1:25 AM

    Don’t mean to sound ignorant but who’s Towson? Nevah heard of them before. How ya doin gatorsnapper, sorry I’m back over here again but this place’s like pralines you just can’t stop if you enjoy somethin good.

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