1. A +1 System
Now, the reason I don't like this method is primarily based off the 2009 season, but was reinforced after this season. In 2009, five teams finished undefeated and one with one loss. Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise State, and Florida.
The final BCS was in this order:
A +1 system would completely leave out two of those. And after all, the major reason for the hatred of the BCS stems from teams being left out of the BCS National Championship game. Thus, a +1 solves nothing because it too excludes worthy teams.
Also, what two teams should be excluded? The bottom two in the BCS Standings (Florida and Boise State)? Well, both of them beat higher standing teams in the bowl game (Cincy and TCU, respectively). At the end, three teams stood (Bama, Florida, and Boise). So if a +1 were to take place after this, who gets left out? Does Florida not get a second shot at Bama, or is Boise left out yet again?
A +1 just created more problems than it solves.
2. An Eight-Team Playoff
Since the BCS gets ragged for exclusions, then I'll harp the other systems for it as well. What about team number nine? If we go based off the final BCS rankings for 2010, Michigan State is the number nine team, who after their bowl game showed they didn't belong, but they did have an argument beforehand. Boise State was at number 10. Aren't they the ones that complain the most about being left out? So, again this doesn't really solve anything.
All it does is leave number nine and number 10 griping.
Now, if you don't use the BCS rankings, then what do you use? Automatic bid for certain conferences? Well, there comes the UConn fiasco into a playoff.
3. A 16-Team Playoff
I actually favored this until this season. The main reason is because by using the BCS rankings (which like I said above are really all that could be used), then number one Auburn's first game would be against number 16 Alabama. That is obviously unfair to both teams, since they had just played such a tough rivalry game with each other. Plus, as above, what about the number 17 team? In this case, Texas A&M gets excluded.
No matter what, someone is going to get left out.