As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, it seems as if we're unalterably on course for some sort of BCS controversy.
Unless LSU and Oklahoma State win out, there's going to be more than two teams that deserve a shot at the national championship.
This seems to happen more often than not, and it always leads to questions about the future of the BCS, the fairness of the current system, and how things can be improved to allow more teams an opportunity to compete for a title.
It's no secret that the other divisions—the FCS, Division II and Division III—all have a playoff system, deciding everything on the field. So if Appalachian State, Eastern Washington, Northwest Missouri State, Grand Valley State, Mt. Union College and Wisconsin-Whitewater can all decide their differences on the field, why can't Ohio State, USC, Alabama, Florida, LSU and all the rest?
To be clear, we don't need to abolish the BCS in order to accomplish this seemingly simple goal of a playoff system. It can actually be done within the current framework of the BCS, with a few changes, of course.
So how do we alter the current formula to create a 16-team playoff system in the FBS? Here's our plan.