alright, so there are 123 division 1-a college football teams in 11 leagues (with three independents). the premise of this proposal is that if a playoff system is going to be truly fair, each league champ should get a shot (...if you can't even prove that you are the best team in your league, i don't think that you deserve a shot to prove that you are the best team in the nation).
so, there will be 12 teams invited to this playoff, the 11 league champions, and 1 at-large (which gives the independents a shot). the seeding will be determined by a committee, much like that in the ncaa bball tourney (which works rather well, imo). the top 4 seeded teams will all get a bye week.
here's what it might have looked like this year...and i'm basing the seeding on the bcs rankins alone.
8) ohio state.........1) alabama
9) georgia tech
6) boise state........3) cincinnati
11) east carolina
7) oregon.............2) texas
10) central mich
first round: i think florida blows out troy; osu beats ga. tech in a close game; boise beats ecu in an interesting game; and oregon beats central good.
quarter-finals: i think florida beats tcu good; alabama beats osu good; cincinnati beats boise in a very exciting game; and texas edges out oregon in another very close game.
semi-finals: alabama beats florida again in another good game; and texas beats cincinati in a decent game.
finals: alabama beats texas in a good game.
so i guess that i think we'd end up with the same result, but there would be absolutely no doubt about it, everyone that deserved a shot would get one, and there would be ELEVEN excellent games to watch over the hollidays!!
i'm not going to get into the financial implications here, but with ELEVEN great meaningful games...as opposed to one meaningful game now in the bcs system (or maybe two in the old system), it seems like they would make some money.
if you still want to have a bunch of meaningless games, go ahead and have them. people are still going to want to see...LSU and Penn State in a bowl game, for instance. It will mean just as much then as it does now. The fans aren't stupid.