We like everyone else who does not draw a salary from a bowl committee are pro-playoff. And the solution that we've always felt makes the most sense is very, very simple:
- 16 team single-elimination playoffs.
- Winners of each of the 11 conferences qualifies, plus 5 at-large teams.
- The teams are ranked 1-16 by something like the BCS formula, but gerrymandered slightly to avoid rematches until the semifinals and to make sure the top 2 seeds are conference winners.
- First two rounds are at home, semifinals and championship are at chosen sites.
What would this have produced this year? Well, let's just say it's a mile better than the Orange Bowl. Here's the seedings.
16. Louisiana Tech
8. Kansas State
12. Southern Miss.
13. West Virginia
14. Arkansas St.
7. Boise State
2. Oklahoma St.
15. No. Illinois
Admit it--this would be a lot of fun. There are four fabulous first round games there--anything after the top 4 seeds would be competitive--and you're staring at some neat matchups in the quarterfinals, like Boise State-Oklahoma State. Gambling on it would be possible. And it would keep college football in everyone's conscious for weeks.
Of course, it has no chance. Pity.