A College Football Playoff System That Would Actually Work

John MossSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In a year where Florida, Alabama, Texas, TCU, Cincinnati, and Boise State should all end up undefeated, the college football playoff talk will be louder than ever following this weekend's conference championship games.

Should it be a plus-one style playoff, or a classic eight-to-sixteen team field? Who should host these games, and would the bowls get as much money as they do in the current system? 

How early do you start the tournament, and would it interfere with students' final exams? All are valid questions and have been taken into account. 

May I present to you a playoff system that would satisfy everyone, from conference commissioners to school presidents—the Moss Playoff System:

First and foremost, the conferences would be divided into two brackets—the Bud Wilkinson Bracket (the West bracket) and the Bear Bryant Bracket (the East bracket). 

The Pac 10, Mountain West Conference, Big 12, and Western Athletic Conference would make up the Bud Wilkinson Bracket, while the SEC, ACC, Big 10, and Big East would make up the Bear Bryant Bracket. 

Each bracket would have teams seeded 1-6. The four conference champions would get the top four seeds. The team with the best record would be the first seed, etc. In the case of identical records, the team with the highest BCS ranking would be the number one seed, and so on down the line. 

The final two seeds in each bracket would be "wild cards;" the two highest non-conference champion teams in the BCS rankings (Independents such as Notre Dame would be considered a wild card).

The top two seeds in each bracket would get a first round bye, with the number one seed playing the highest ranked team in the second round.

There would be four games in each bracket, resulting in one team emerging from each.  These two teams would play for the National Championship.

The games would be played at the following bowls: Bud Wilkinson: Rose, Fiesta, Cotton, and Holiday. Bear Bryant: Sugar, Orange, Capital One, and Chick Fil-A. 

The National Championship game would be played at one of the four "major" bowl sites, and would rotate each year.

The timing would be simple. There would be no "off weeks" during the five week tournament. 

The teams would get two weeks off after their last game before the first round games would be played, giving the top two seeds in each bracket an additional week of rest.

That's it in a nutshell. With this format, the BCS still plays a roll—but the best team in the country would be decided on the field, not in some computer formula. 

Teams like TCU and Boise State would get the chance to play the "big boys" with everything on the line.

Teams not in the 12-team field would still play the secondary bowls, just like they do now. There would be no real difference between this and how it is set up now; does the Papajohns.com bowl winner win anything less?

Will it ever happen? Probably not. Too many people are making too much money in the current system to approve such a drastic change. 

But isn't it fun to imagine what college football would be like if the National Champion were to be decided on the field?