One of the great traditions of the top level of college football is the bowl system.
Once a very special treat at the end of a very successful season, bowls today have become more akin to the participation ribbon every kid receives after elementary school field days. An utterly lackluster 6-6 record (and, in some cases, 6-7 record) is all that is needed to qualify for a bowl game these days, and there are over 70 spots available for postseason play.
That means well over half of all teams make the postseason!
We're not proposing to do away with the bowls, and we're pretty sure the Pizza Bowl, Belk Bowl and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will go on as before—bowl games that no one attends, no one watches and no one cares about.
But there are other bowls that will do anything to preserve their long, storied tradition. The Rose Bowl is famous for digging in its heels, and almost rejected becoming part of the BCS when it was realized that the game could feature teams from conferences other than the Pac-12 and Big Ten.
So why not use those histories are part of a playoff? Each season, the Pac-12 champion and Big Ten champion could meet in the Rose Bowl Game, while the SEC champion heads to the Sugar Bowl, the Big 12 champion to the Fiesta Bowl and the ACC champion to the Orange Bowl.
That leaves three slots open for the three highest-ranked remaining conference champions.
The winners of those four BCS bowls then meet in the semifinals, and so on.
Poof! Eight-team playoff system, and all the bowl committees stay happy.