After reading idea after idea on a college football playoff, I would like to put in my two cents and offer another plan.
All teams play a 10 game season that ends Thanksgiving weekend. At the end of the season you take the BCS poll and take the top eight teams.
The first weekend in December you play first round playoff games. These games are played at the higher seeds home field.
After the first round you can bring the bowls in. The teams that lose in the first round and teams that did not make the playoff, but have at least a .500 record can be picked to play in the bowls, exactly like they do it now.
The BCS bowls, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and the Rose can alternate every year on who will host the semifinal and championship games. Yes, one bowl will be left out every fourth year, but they can pick first on bowl selection day.
So, if we were to use this plan this year, we would have the following:
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Penn St
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 Texas Tech
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Utah
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 5 USC
Again, these games would be played at the higher seeds home field. Without a doubt, each game would sell out in minutes and television ratings would be huge.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that the four top seeds all win. They would go on to the semifinal games. The four losers would still be eligible to play in a bowl game.
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Alabama—Played at the Orange Bowl
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Texas—Played at the Fiesta Bowl
BCS National Championship game—Played at the Sugar Bowl.
This is a winning situation for everyone.
Fans—Bigtime games, championship played on the field, travel limited to three games for fans with a lower seeded team in the playoffs.
Networks—Bigtime games, huge television audiences, very marketable to advertisers.
Teams—Clear-cut champion, no extra weeks or games on schedule, still have reward of a bowl game for a good season.
BCS Bowls—Still get to exist and are part of the process.
Let me know what you think of this idea. The only problem I see would be the elimination of the conference championship games. Excluding this year's SEC title game, I really don’t see a problem with that.