We are now in the midst of bowl season, so it is that time again: time to gripe about the BCS.
With five teams finishing undefeated this year, the idea that one game could decide college football's undisputed champion is not only laughable, it is ludicrous. No. 1 Alabama may be playing No. 2 Texas on January 7 in the BCS National Championship Game, but for my money the Fiesta Bowl on January 4 between undefeated No. 4 TCU and undefeated No. 6 Boise State has as much legitimacy.
Additionally, No. 3 Cincinnati also went undefeated. Not only that, they were perfect in the Big East, an AQ conference. Yet, they still do not get a shot at the title. If anyone thinks the BCS still works, they need their head examined.
The Bowl Subdivision needs a playoff. Some pundits think adding one extra game after the bowls are played or having a four- or eight-team playoff is what should be done. I do not think that those suggestions would be completely fair to all the teams, so this is my proposal.
The FBS playoff should be a four-week, 12-team playoff. All 11 conference champions would qualify as well as the highest ranked Independent. The BCS standings could be still be used to decide the seeding. I know many people would like to still use the rankings alone to decide the playoff teams, but I do not. If the non-AQ conferences' quality of play is so much worse than the BCS conferences, they should not be in the same division.
To make this fair, every conference should be required to have a championship game. This will even out the schedules and possibly create a mini-bowl atmosphere on the first Saturday in December.
Reserving a spot for an Independent is not ideal, but it is better than granting a spot to a runner-up. Under the current BCS eligibility rules Notre Dame becomes eligible for a BCS Bowl if they finish in the top eight in the rankings. This would continue that tradition. Admittedly, this is not fair. I think that eventually a 12th conference should be added and the number of teams in each conference made more comparable.
This is the schedule of play I would propose:
First Weekend in December: Conference championships
Second Saturday in December: First round of playoffs. Seeds 5-through-12 play and the top four teams sit out on a bye week
Third Saturday in December: Quarterfinals
New Year's Day and Weekend: Semifinals, bowls
Second Week in January: Championship game
If this playoff was in place this year the seeds would have been: