It seems that every college football fan has an opinion of why a football playoff would or would not work. Many of the arguments consist of the following reasons: there would be too much travel, hard for the fans to get to every game, it takes away from the tradition of the bowls, all conferences would not be represented, and there is no fair way to pick the teams. After doing some thinking, I feel I have came up with a feasible solution that would keep everyone involved happy.
The idea for the major college football playoff would consist of 20 teams. These teams would be chosen by two ways: (1) eleven teams would qualify by winning their conference championship or (2) nine teams would receive an at large bid based on their BCS ranking. The twenty teams would then be seeded based upon their BCS ranking. This would make for the bottom eight ranked teams to play a play in game at the school of the highest seed. The round of sixteen would be played at the school with the best seeding (i.e. #9 at #8). The quarterfinal round would be played at a neutral site bowl game that is not in the BCS (Capital One, Alamo, Cotton, Holiday). These quarterfinal sites can be rotated on a yearly basis with other bowls. The semifinal games would be played on a rotating basis amongst the BCS bowls (Fiesta, Sugar, Rose, and Orange Bowls). There would be a 3rd place game the afternoon of or night before the championship game, which will be split between the remaining BCS bowls that did not host the semifinal games. With this rotation, each BCS bowl would get the opportunity to host the championship game once every four years.
The major advantages to this system are all conferences are represented in this format, the BCS and its bowl partners are still used for the national championship, other bowls are used in a format where their game gathers more importance, teams that do not qualify for the playoffs can still attend the bowl games not used in the playoffs, and the colleges could make a substantial profit from this system. The scheduling could be done to where the playoffs would be done earlier than it is right now. Using 2007 as an example the dates for each round would have worked as follows: first round-weekend of December 8th, the sweet sixteen-weekend of December 15th, the quarterfinals-weekend of December 22nd, the semifinals-weekend of December 29th, and the 3rd place game and championship-the weekend of January 5th. With this schedule there would only be four teams practicing the week of Christmas.
If the system were used this year the seeds would be in the following order: Ohio St., LSU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Georgia, Missouri, USC, Kansas, West Virginia, Hawaii, Arizona State, Florida, Illinois, Boston College, Clemson, Tennessee, BYU, UCF, Florida Atlantic, and Central Michigan. The opening round games would be Central Michigan at Illinois, Florida Atlantic at Boston College, UCF at Clemson, and BYU at Tennessee. The sweet sixteen games would be played at the top seeds campus with games seeded as follows: 16/17 winner at 1, 15/18 winner at 2, 14/19 winner at 3, 13/20 winner at 4, 12 at 5, 11 at 6, 10 at 7, and 8 at 9. This would make for some very competitive games. This would be possible if the schools had their regular seasons over by Thanksgiving weekend. It allows for a conference to run a conference championship the week between the playoffs and the end of the regular season.
Football playoffs are quite interesting spectacles that have to be seen to be believed as all the players get to showcase their talent on the field and provide the audience with some good entertainment and thrills that they rarely get to witness otherwise. For people who want to take football up as a career can visit the site football index and take the football index sign up offer for further access to the site to get detailed information.