Okay, we all agree. The BCS sucks. It doesn't determine the true two best teams. And no measurement can accurately determine the two best teams year in, year out.
So how shall we improve the method to determine a college football national champion? Maybe replace it with a classic bracket. How about add one more game? Perhaps we simply leave the BCS alone. Or something completely outrageous?
There's only one way to find out. Let's see if the BCS can be overcome the opposition by using the contender's core postseason mechanism: the seeded bracket.
As I've said, I like the system because of the Global Thermonuclear War chaos it causes. And without it, we don't have a magical 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
2. 8-team playoff
The most sensible number of playoff entrants. Beyond that you're often looking at three-loss teams.
3. "Plus-one" game
A bit ridiculous, because in a year such as this one you have more than four legitimate national championship arguments, but it's one of the more talked about — and even more important, realistic — solutions.
4. 16-team playoff
Now you're getting into more of a December Madness feel. Plus it mirrors the Championship Subdivision almost perfectly. Sixteen teams also enables the chance for a team from each conference…
5. 32-team playoff
…Whereas a system with thirty-two teams enables the chance for Michigan to participate every year.
6. One team per conference
And none more, which would likely eliminate teams like Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona State. Plus, it's only 11 schools — 12 if you want to include the top indie team. So there are first round byes.
7. No championship game
You know, before the BCS, we just had bowl games. That wasn't so bad in hindsight, now was it?
8. 64-team playoff
UTTER MADNESS! Also, if it must mirror the NCAA basketball tournament, I'm not opposed to Appalachian State-Delaware being the play-in game.
9. ESPN's 10-team bracket
By this, I don't mean implementing this 10-team system. Instead of having the two teams play football against each other, the learned ESPN counsel of Mark May, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso actually decide who wins the games by talking about them once an night on SportsCenter.
10. World Cup-Style Pool
Sixteen teams in four pools. Everyone in a pool plays each other. Top two teams advance to the final eight. Plus … international referee scandals! That always sweetens the entertainment. Stipulation: games have to be played at 5 a.m.
11. Reality TV-style voting
Money and ratings meet fan-teractivity. Starting in November, 10 teams are [gulp] selected. Each week fans vote online or text message the names of a team they think shouldn't play for the national championship. Then, in four weeks, we have two teams left over. And of course, it's all broadcast on prime time.
12. Simulate a season on Xbox 360
Every year advancements in technology are made to improve gameplay, reduce errors, and make the game more fun. (Just like the NCAA.) Plus, injuries in this game are fake, so it's okay to piledrive someone after the whistle. And educational!
13. 97-team playoff
Why 97? It's a prime number, and would likely set up a complex system of byes and tiebreakers. And the BCS loves complexity and tiebreakers. It wouldn't be college football without them.
14. Plus-shaped football field
I've had the idea of a Y-shaped, plus-shaped, asterisk-shaped field for some time, where multiple teams duke it out on the same field, eliminating the need for a messy tiebreaker or playoff system. But my main man twoeightnine finally depicted his vision using the Shop of Photos what I was always thinking:
What I didn't initially visualize was the 50-yard epicenter being protected by mountains, ninjas, and pirate hookers. But I see nothing wrong with this hallucinogenic addendum.
15. The Price Is Right Big Wheel
All the makings of a thrilling championship tiebreaker. Les Miles spins the wheel. Drew Carey asks if he wants to say hi to anyone. ("I'd like to say hi to my buddy Bill Martin up in Ann Arbor, how you … actually, I'll just text him later.") And then when he lands on 95 cents, even if he loses the BCS game, Miles can fervently say that his team's never lost a game on the big wheel, so in a way they're undefeated.
16. USC wins every year
Pete Carroll has so much fun coaching. Look at him and those puppy dog eyes.
Snubbed Playoff Systems Who Didn't Make It Into The Bracket
(What would a playoff be without them?)
• 128-team playoff bracket
• Super Sloppy Double Dare physical challenge
• Double Jeopardy question
• Modified Stableford point system
• Swimsuit competition
• 1-team playoff bracket
• One of those contests where you have to stand the longest while having one hand on the car, and if I knew what that kind of contest is called, this entry would be much shorter. Oh, and instead of a car, it's the Sears Trophy.
After I finished this, I realized that enabling a 16-team playoff might inherently assume advocacy for a 16-team playoff system. That's not the case. I'm an impartial sports bystander who advocates no one system. Well, except the BCS. That thing rules.
Aw hell. If you submit votes to me, I may include them in the following rounds of the NCAA Playoff Bracket Playoff Bracket.