You need eight teams.
How do you get there.
A selection committee? Not necessary. Eight teams is plenty, and we can get there with my plan.
Poll results? Not necessary. Besides, that still involves the human element. My plan gets there without polls.
A worthy team gets left out? Sorry, in my plan, if you want to be the champ, you must FIRST be the champ of your conference. That's the prerequisite. Period. No second bites at the apple ALABAMA.
My plan will mix the best of March Madness while eliminating the thing we hate most about deciding a college football champion...the humans. Keep in mind that the computers, well, they were also set up by humans. Where do you think the formulas used by the computers came from?
So here we go.
The basis of my plan, which I actually drew up over a year ago, are super conferences. Figured we were headed there, which also convinced me that a playoff was on the way.
Here are my conferences. My main goal was to retain "regionality"...that is, keep teams close. Provides for greater travel for road games, more intensity for rivalries. I have no names at this point. Only conferences and their divisions.
Not perfect. Malleable. But it's a start. Forgive me if I missed a Div 1 program or two.
- Each conference has a championship game.
- No games against teams in the other division...retains purity for the championship game.
- Do whatever you want for non-confernence games...the only thing that could potentially affect would be seeding in the playoffs, and the chances of rematches are slim at best. That part might have to involve polls.
- Didn't make the playoffs, fine. Go play in the myriad of bowl games that are still available. Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Cap One, Outback can rotate as the "playoff" bowls. Hell, rotate all the bowls through the playoff each year, I really don't care.
- Keep the field neutral...retains the purity...
- Keeps the little guys involved, and taps into the magic of March Madness.