Just today the Mountain West conference called for a 16 team playoff in college football. In the proposal, all eleven conferences would have automatic bids as long as they are in the top 30 ranking of a human commission. The rest of the playoffs would be filled out with at-large bids and seeded. To me, this seems like a fair balance between making sure all teams are eligible and avoiding any cupcakes in the playoffs. It would only takes four weeks to play out as well, so it wouldn't extend the season any longer. Just play the games on Thursday/Saturday for the 1st and 2nd round and then Saturdays for the final two rounds. If it starts out the week after conference championships, the season would actually end earlier than it does now. It would also allow for a more logical flow to the end of the season. Right now the bowl season (or at least the bowls we care about) may as well be a completely different season as they're held as much as 50 days after teams had played their previous games.
But just what would a 16 team playoff look like? I took the current BCS rankings (which may not get team by team ranking correct, but can paint a decent general picture) and made up a mock bracket.
1 LSU vs 16. Houston
8. Stanford vs 9. Arkansas
5. Boise State vs. 12. Virginia Tech
4. Oklahoma State vs. 13. Nebraska
6. Wisconsin vs. 11. Kansas State
3. Oklahoma vs. 14. South Carolina
7. Clemson vs. 10. Oregon
2. Alabama vs. 15 West Virginia
Obviously, its far to early to predict who would win these match ups and they would change drastically from now until the end of the season. However, I do think its fair that each of these teams would have an opportunity to play for a title. On top of that, I'd much rather watch these match ups than 95% of the bowl match ups we will be given.
[H/T: CBS Sports]