In 1971, the Big 8 had the top 3
Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 15:34:52 CT
#1 NU, #2 OU, and #3 CU. If you're looking for a real champion, you go with Top 4, not conference champs.
In 1974, the two best teams in the country were NC State and Maryland, both in the ACC. Since you had to be a conference champ to get into the tournament, it left out the second best team in the country. The hue and cry over that actually led the NCAA to expand to non-conference champs for the Tourney.
It would be just as much a travesty now to leave out a #2, #3 or #4 team now as it was then.
Oh, and if this had been in place last year, #1 LSU, #3 OSU, #5 Oregon and #11 Wisconsin (although not a Top 6) would have played. Overlooked, #2 Alabama, #4 Stanford, as well as #6 Arkansas, and nos. 7-10.
Again, this model is just a travesty for a championship. What it does is ensure each conference gets a slice of the playoff revenues, instead of being shut out. What they should do is just divvy up the revenues between conferences without playoff participation so that's not an issue.