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Re: What if (outside the box thinking) Warning, some may hate it.
I'm hanging with the idea I floated you guys yesterday. Move auto berths from top 16 to top 15....Make the last chance a berth earning event for the highest finishing non qualified team that has played in at least 6 events. You may have a tie, use conf points to break it. Give that team the 16 seed. Leave A World granting the highest finishing non qual team the 17 seed. Keep 18 for military.
I know you want to guarantee the top 16 are the top 16 but is there a major difference between the current 15th and call it 23rd or 24th team? We've all beat each other this year, why not play it off for a shot at getting in?
Right now 23 on are mathematically eliminated. 18-22 pretty much would have to WIN the last chance to get in. I submit you will get more teams in the last chance if they aren't mathematically eliminated or are in a spot that they have to win it.