Each of the six Automatic Qualifying (AQ) Conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC) would receive a playoff spot. Whichever team wins their conference championship advances to the playoffs. (Now for any AQ conference that does not have a championship game, the team with the best in conference record would advance.)
Now for all the teams that would complain they are excluded from the playoffs. It is very simple—all you have to do is win as many games as possible, then win your championship game. If you can’t do that, then you didn’t deserve a shot at the championship anyway.
This system would result in six AQ playoff teams. Because that playoff would be very short and would completely eliminate potential non-AQ contenders such as Boise St. and TCU, it would only be fair to allow the two highest ranked teams from Non-AQ Conferences into the playoffs, giving the playoffs a total of eight teams.
Now for anyone who is gonna whine about Non-AQ strength of schedule, would you suggest some kind of wild card for the second best teams in AQ conferences?
Not a terrible idea, I just have no idea how you would pick two teams out of six conferences full of teams with similar records. BCS rankings could possibly decide, but do you see why that just undermines the entire reason for a playoff? The point is we are looking in the right direction—wins before votes, pure competition instead of just guessing.