It's what every college football player dreams of, what every college football coach schemes of, and what every college football fan wishes was determined by some form of a playoff system: the College Football National Championship.
So here we sit, once again with another National Champion in question, even though the very system that is in place to determine that champion was originally designed to provide a champion without a shadow of a doubt.
How could you possibly say Utah doesn't at least deserve a shot? Or that USC couldn't have beaten anyone at the end of the season? Or how about Texas, who was left out in the cold for the quote, unquote, National Championship Game? (Who was it that beat Oklahoma again?)
The "why" is the very same reason that the BCS failed in its job to create a system that determined unequivocally, the best team in the country to begin with: the Bowl System and the people that make up the Bowl committees.
The Bowl committees want their bowls to have the spotlight, all of the spotlight, and they'll do anything to keep it. They know it, the BCS committee knows it, the fans know it, the players know it, the coaches know it, Obama knows it, and nothing is going to change that fact.
The "Plus One" is not the answer. Under that system, No. 6 Utah would have been left out of the dance this year. That's right, "the dance." An NCAA football tournament that fans, players, and coaches have only dreamed of.
So why not create a system that adds even more spotlight to the major bowls (Selling Point No. 1), while determining an undisputed National Champion (Selling Point No. 2), and in turn giving fans what they deserve, an actual champion (Selling Point No. 3).
The answer is a true playoff system that begins the weekend following the last conference championship and finishes during the first week of January (a few weeks in between), with the winner of the National Championship being determined in the same way it is currently being determined now, in one of the four rotating BCS bowl games (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar).
Here's how it would work.
Following the final weekend of conference championship games, the BCS will release its final rankings. The top eight teams will be entered into a playoff system in which all eight teams will end up playing in one of the four BCS Bowl games.
In week one, No. 1 plays No. 8, No. 2 plays No. 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, and No. 4 plays No. 5. All games would be played at the home field of the higher seeded team.
In week two, the winners of each of the week one games would play each other, with the losers playing each other as well.
In week three, the winners of each of the week two games would play each other. Again, the losers play each other as well. Through this, you will have a legitimate pairing of two teams (the two teams that won each of their games in weeks one and two of the playoff) to play each other in a championship game.
The championship game would be played approximately three weeks following the week two playoff and would be determined the same way that it is now—through the BCS (rotating with the Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Fiesta Bowls). The other six teams, all of which have at least one loss, would make up the pairings in the other three bowl games.
In the end, you have a team that would have beat the best of the best (three top eight teams), over the course of three weeks, en route to proving that they are the undisputed National College Football Champions.
In the end, you will have bowl committees that will be ecstatic because the teams playing in their bowls would have been the most talked about teams in all of sports over the past month and a half.
In the end, you will have a fanbase that believes in its champion, that appreciates the path it took to achieve that status, and that knows that next year, their team, whatever team that may be, has a fair chance of winning what can finally be agreed upon as the College Football National Championship.