Ok, so everyone has their opinion about Bill Hancock and the BCS. And everyone seems to know what would make it better: Get rid of it and install a playoff in division I college football.
Well let's do that. First, we need the perfect system. We all know that the BCS doesn't want to let go of the money train that they have now if a perfect system isn't ready to take over. So how about we come up with the best case scenario. I want to hear everyone's opinion on what they think would work best.
To get things kicked off, here is mine:
For starters, we will have 12 teams in this tournament. The 11 conference champs and the most qualified Independent team (I know, I don't like it either. But how to divy up the teams is a topic for another thread. So let's just massage my fantasy and go with it for now).
The one thing that everyone wants to get away from is relying on the human vote, err, opinion. But that won't happen. At some point, a human opinion has to be in the mix. In this instance, I suggest we continue using the BCS rankings (with a little tweaking, of course) to rate the teams at the end of the regular season. And we will use that to rank our 12 tournament participants.
With 12 teams getting in, the top 4 teams will get a bye for the first week. So if we are going off of this season's numbers, the 4 teams getting a bye would be Alabama (#1), Texas (#2), Cincinnati (#3), and TCU (#4). And here is how my first round field looks:
#9 Central Michigan vs #8 Georgia Tech (Bama plays winner)
#12 Troy vs #5 Boise State (Cincinnati gets winner)
#11 Navy vs #6 Oregon (TCU gets winner)
#10 East Carolina vs #7 Ohio State (Texas gets winner)
Then the teams who come out of the top two "brackets" play each other for the semi-final and likewise for the bottom two. Then the final two teams play for all of the marbles.
The teams that lose in the first round games will go on to play in other bowl games. So everyone in the tournament is guaranteed to play 2 post-season games. All other bowl games will remain the same, so other schools don't have to lose the bowl-game revenues that some are worried about with a tournament.
And to me (in my simple mind), this is a fool-proof setup. The number of bowl games are still in tact. Big bowls will still receive revenue and TV deals for having huge games. And we get a true national champ. How could this go wrong?
It might not be perfect (yet, I'm still working on it), but you get the gist of it.
So let's see what you've got. This is my suggestion for a tournament. What's yours?