The first postseason college football game in 1902 was called the Tournament East-West Football Game. An interesting title, considering that 109 years later, there still isn't a tournament to determine the champion of major college football.
The game in 1902 was created by The Tournament of Roses Association and played at the site that would later be named The Rose Bowl in 1923.
Keeping the tradition of the venue where the first game was played, future post-season match-ups would be named bowls as well.
There are currently 35 bowl games, which means that more than half of the 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision qualify for one.
Many bowl advocates support the traditions that the college football bowls have brought throughout the years.
For many years, certain conferences were contracted to send their champions to specific bowl games. From 1948 to 1997, the Big Ten champion and Pac-10 (now 12) champion were contracted to play in the Rose Bowl.
The SEC champion played in the Sugar Bowl from 1975 to 1995. Traditionally, the Big 12 champion played in the Fiesta Bowl, and the ACC Champion played in the Orange Bowl.
Due to the bowl affiliations, No. 1 and No. 2 rarely played each other in bowl games throughout history. That would create drama, suspense and arguments around New Year's Day.
A team that started the day at No. 4 could possibly win the national championship if a few upsets occurred in other bowl games.
In 1998, the BCS was created. Its goal was to create a system where No. 1 would play No. 2 at the end of the season to determine a national champion, while keeping the traditions of the bowl games.
College football traditionalists support bowl games, and some will argue that the current system keeps the bowl tradition and is the best solution to create a national champion.
Others have the opinion that every bowl besides the BCS National Championship is a glorified exhibition game, and a playoff should be created so the champion will have to earn their championship on the field.
But what if we could have both?
Here is my proposal for a college football postseason that includes a 16 team tournament, while keeping every bowl game.