Can the BCS and college football playoffs exist simultaneously? I think so.
Before we get too far down this road, I want you to take a moment and visualize the following matchups that could occur in an eight-team playoff scenario: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 8 Arkansas, No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 3 TCU vs No. 6 Ohio State, and No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 5 Wisconsin.
Pretty sweet, huh? And that's just for the first round! Now, let's get on with the massive amounts of logic and creativity I am about to bestow upon you.
Let's face it: the BCS isn't going anywhere...at least any time soon. So what if we use the BCS to determine which teams make the playoffs by taking the top eight teams and having them play for the right to be called college football's best team.
Worried about bowl games? Don't be. Take the current BCS bowls (plus one additional bowl game) and attribute one to each playoff game. For instance, the TCU vs. Ohio State game would be the Capital One bowl, the Oregon vs. Oklahoma game would be the Fiesta Bowl, the Auburn vs. Arkansas game would be the Sugar bowl, and the Stanford vs. Wisconsin game would be the Cotton bowl.
Then, after four teams win, they advance onto the next round of playoffs (obviously) and new bowl games too. The remaining two bowl games (and the last two rounds of playoffs) would be the Rose bowl and the Orange bowl. The National Championship game could either be how it is now (the BCS Championship) or it could go to the highest paying sponsor...Cialis Championship Bowl anyone?
This way, the main bowls are still preserved and they are even MORE prestigious than ever before because in order to get to the Orange bowl or the Rose bowl, a team has to win a playoff game first.
Don't feel bad for the other 62 bowl eligible teams...we can still keep the exact same structure we have now with the exact same bowl names. These bowl games are more for the fans and the recruiting at smaller schools, and they'll do nicely to serve as a teaser for the main action (the BCS playoffs).
The playoff games should start on the Saturday before the New Year. That way it's even more intense to see if your team gets to play "next year" or if they'll be left behind. The broadcasters, media, and raucous fans would all have fun with that.
Then, the second round of playoff games would be played the week after that. Finally, the remaining two teams will each have a bye week to rest and prepare for the title game before squaring off.
While this solution doesn't get rid of the BCS, it does utilize the system to rank and place teams for the playoff. The system is nowhere near perfect and people will still bitch about how their team was screwed from making the top eight. By taking eight teams instead of two to play for the title, there is much less pressure on the BCS and the voters to "get it right" year after year.
What does my system mean for you as a fan? Well, you will realistically be looking at the potential for a two (maybe three) loss season and your team could still have a shot to sneak in the top eight BCS rankings.
So yes, the BCS and college football playoffs can work together to give (most) everyone what they want. It's just a matter of time until this whole damn thing gets reformatted anyway...why not use the model I'm proposing?