Congress has taken up the issue of College Football, and after they’ve had their hearings and gotten their publicity, they’ve dumped it in your lap. Ostensibly you’re supposed to ensure fairness, but they don’t really care, and you’ve got carte blanche. Do what you will.
Here’s what I’m doing:
Conference realignment: 10 conferences, 12 teams each. Conferences may not overlap each other geographically. Each conference has two divisions of 6 teams.
Schedule: Each team plays other teams in its division (5 games) 2 teams from the other division, and 4 other teams at their own discretion for a total of 11 regular season games. The teams in each division with the best records play a conference championship game on the first weekend in December. Teams not in the conference championship game may schedule an additional game that week.
Playoff: The playoff uses a ranking formula similar to the original BCS formula. The 10 conference champions and the two highest ranked teams that did not win their conference are seeded according to their rankings. The top four teams get a bye the first round. For the first round, a coin toss determines which team plays at home, for the second round, the games are played at the home of the team with the bye. The semi-final and final games are played at neutral sites as described below.
Bowl Games: Each bowl puts up a purse, and the bowls are ordered by the amount they’re offering. The highest purse gets the national championship game. The next two get the two semi-final games. The remaining bowls, in order, select any two teams they wish (with no duplication). This may include designations such as “The loser of the first semi-final” vs. “The loser of the second semi-final.”
Feel free to discuss my ideas, but mostly I want to see what you would do.