I have friend who is a huge skeptic that it'll ever be possible to replace the Bowl Championship Series with a playoff system that will name a legitimate national champion. That crystal football that rests in Gainesville tonight is not legitimate, since the way it was earned was by an unfair and unequal system.
So I'm here to ask my Bleacher Report brethren to help me find a solution to the Playoff Conundrum.
Problem the first: Revenue. If a playoff is to be viable, the only way for it to happen is by shortening the regular season by 2 games. This would force the big schools to stop playing out-of-conference games against smaller schools. So my challenge to you guys is to come up with ways for the Rice's and Troy St's of the world to be able to make up the income they would earn from playing a prestigious oppenent, with out a mandate or fee from the NCAA.
Second: How to choose the teams that participate in the tournament. Should it be with a BCS like system? simple W-L record? a poll? Should there be a bias favoring the large conferences?
Third: How to keep those mid-December bowl games relevant? If there is a playoff will the money generated by those bowl games shrink in any way?
Fourth: Is making the regular season shorter possible at all?
Your exercise is to help me come with a solution to this problem, I don't expect a huge response but it would be nice if I got a few comments on this article. I think BR is here for fans to start dialogues they care about and ultimately cause change in the sports we love. So please respond.