Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
I'm with Tom, a +1 game is about all we can realistically hope for at this point. That and maybe some way to switch out an AQ conference that sucks for one that doesn't (i.e. the Big Least for anyone else), or an annual way to sub in an at-large team for a crappy AQ winner like UConn.
Nothing can happen until 2014 anyway, when the current BCS contract expires. Of course, it could be renewed for another 4 years or so before then, meaning business as usual for a long time.
An easy way to keep crappy AQ conference winners out of the BCS bowls is to require that they be ranked in at least the top 25 first (top 20 even better). No more free ride, you have to earn your AQ ticket. If not, then a more deserving team gets to go in your place.
Logistically, there's just no way a regular 16-team playoff can be instituted in 1-A football, no matter how much money Mark Cuban waves around. 1-AA, Div 2 and 3 can do it because they have shorter regular seasons, and as I said earlier, they frankly don't matter, no one cares about the lesser divisions. This is Division 1 football (Dan Hawkins even said so!
), the bowl system is too entrenched, the schools and conferences will not accept a shorter regular season (more home games=more $$$$$$$$), and you can't expect college kids to play 16 games, this isn't the NFL.
I have an idea for a fancier +1 system: Take the top 16 ranked teams and "group seed" in in eight bowls, i.e. #1 plays #4 in one game, #2 plays #3, #5 plays #8, #6 plays #7, and so on. After all the games, do an updated poll, then take the new top 2 to play in the championship. The 1-4 and 2-3 games act like a potential semifinal (with the possibility of a lower-ranked team jumping up), and the other pairings should result in better matchups for their respective bowls.