Looking into the excitement that is the upcoming football season, I have decided to help the NCAA and BCS overhaul their systems and create a better experience for players and fans alike. The basis of this proposal is going to take a system like the soccer leagues use in Europe—which will enhance the competition and create better conferences and more exciting games. What every fan wants to see, is the best competition week in and week out.
Thinking about college football, you see way too many games to start the season that are nothing but padded wins for the big schools and million dollar paydays to the small schools. So starting in step one, I will lay out a new plan to correct this boring run the first two to three weeks of the season.
The first step in this proposal is to create a system where you can add and drop teams from conferences depending on performance. It will all have to be regional-based, but it would create tougher conferences and give schools a chance to compete nationally.
I will talk about other factors into this part of the equation later on. But let's use the Big XII as an example for this.
Baylor has been bad every year since they joined the Big XII. Is this their fault? No, but in this proposal, we would say if you don't average five wins over the next five seasons, then you will be demoted to Conference USA, or the next weakest regional conference. In turn, one team who has been dominant and won over those five seasons is now eligible to be promoted to the Big XII.
So, you have the opportunity to see teams move up and create tougher matchups. Winners get rewarded and that makes the football more exciting. Which, in turn, will make major college football more competitive. It is a win-win for everybody. Conferences are tougher, teams are better, and the fans are happier.
Now let's move onto the next step.
Step 2:Grading Schedules
Each school will now be put onto a grading system for their strength of schedule. The grading scale will be similar to what we all knew in grade school: A,B,C,D and F.
Now, here comes the best part of this. The stronger and tougher schedule you put together, the better the grade. But on the other hand, if you schedule four "cream puff" schools in non-conference, then you get an automatic F—regardless of how tough your conference is.
Teams will now have to think about how they schedule their non-conference season.
This should end the yearly matchups of Alabama vs. North Texas or Texas Tech vs. Umass. Now, we should see more matchups that fans are craving. The best way to avoid the weak matchup is to set up conference vs. conference matchups.
The Big XII vs. SEC for a couple years, Big ten vs. ACC, and so on. Do a round-robin type schedule where each team gets a home and home with the other school.
The only thing that will be allowed to keep you from losing your rank and lowering your grade is if you have a longtime rivalry with another school, and they have been demoted for being a poor team for the duration.
Now that we have made the overall football better by moving good teams up and bad teams down—ending the worthless money games and replacing them with games that could wind up becoming great rivalries—we are now ready to tackle the junk pile that is now the BCS.
Step 3:Fixing the BCS
The one problem with the postseason in college football is the fact that there is a long layoff from the time the season ends, or conference championships played. Usually, this layoff lasts anywhere from three weeks to seven weeks.
So, for the playoff scenario I am going to lay out here, we will say the season ends on December 5. If you started with a sixteen team playoff and started the very next Saturday, you could have your National Championship game on January 2, right on New years weekend (this year). Four weeks is all it would take to have a playoff system and crown a champion.
You can do the playoff system one of two ways.
Have the games be at the lower-seeded teams' home field until the championship game—which is probably the best scenario. Then, you can have the championship game at one of the four BCS bowl sites on a rotating schedule like now.
The next scenario is have the first round at the lower seeded teams' field, then move it to a bowl site, which would use all four bowl sites on one weekend, then move the next round to two bowl sites and then the championship game at the chosen bowl site. You can rotate these games around again like they do now.
Now, you are going to ask, what about the non-BCS bowl games? Well, you can still have them going on for those teams and fans. The bowl game system does not have to go away just because of a playoff system. All it would take is a little creative thinking and implement them into the playoff—and keeping all the bowls for teams who didn't qualify for the playoff.
If you chose scenario one, then when the other three bowls are not being used for the National Championship game, they can host a bowl game like always. If you chose scenario two, then they would all get used in the second week, two in the third week and then the National Championship site.
I have built this proposal to make the game of college football better and more entertaining. It would also end the conundrums, like last season when Utah was the only undefeated team left standing and didn't get a chance to win the hardware.
I am sure people will rip this proposal for some reason or another. I never said this would be the perfect end-all-be-all system. But as a fan, I can see implementing similar-type changes could only create a better product for the schools, sponsors and fans.