Blues1's thread reminded me of this. Since I haven't been distracted by OU football this year, I've been able to dedicate my thoughts to more important things, like restructuring college football. So here it is...my plan for making a playoff system work in college football. I think the most important part of the playoff system is that conference winners are automatically qualified, so the first step is restructuring the conferences to be more level and keep the number of automatic qualifiers down. There are currently 120 FBS teams. We add 6 more and create 7 conferences of 18 teams each. Each conference is split into two divisions with 9 teams each and you play every team in your division to decide which representative from each division goes on to the conference championship game...the winner being the automatic qualifier. This keeps the conference schedule roughly the same length that it is now. With automatic qualification, there is really no incentive for playing patsies in the non-conference schedule...a non-conference loss isn't going to hurt you and the competition against better teams will better prepare you for conference play. So now for the fun part...the conference realignment. The 7 conferences would be based off of the 6 BCS conferences. Each BCS conference would take on some additional members (mostly the weaker members of non-BCS conferences) with a new conference being formed made up of some of the stronger non-BCS conference teams and others. This works out geographically because many of the best non-BCS teams are in the Rocky Mountain area or Texas. The only BCS conference teams that would be displaced from their current conference would be Colorado and Iowa...so hardly anybody would notice. Atlantic Coastal Conference (Base BCS Conference: ACC) ACC North Boston College Duke Maryland NC State North Carolina Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest FCS Team (UMass) ACC South Clemson Florida State Georgia Tech Miami, FL East Carolina (C-USA) Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt) Florida International (Sun Belt) UCF (C-USA) FCS Team Great Plains Conference (Base BCS Conference: Big XII) Great Plains North Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Missouri Nebraska Iowa (Big Ten) Northern Illinois (MAC) Ball State (MAC) FCS Team Great Plains South Baylor Oklahoma Oklahoma State Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech North Texas (Sun Belt) Tulsa (C-USA) FCS Team Southeastern Conference (Base BCS Conference: SEC) SEC West Alabama Arkansas Auburn LSU Mississippi Mississippi State Arkansas State (Sun Belt) UAB (C-USA) FCS Team SEC East Florida Georgia Kentucky South Carolina Tennessee Vanderbilt Western Kentucky (SB) Memphis (C-USA) FCS Team Great Lakes Conference (Base BCS Conference: Big Ten) Great Lakes West Illinois Indiana Minnesota Northwestern Purdue Wisconsin Bowling Green (MAC) Toledo (MAC) Notre Dame (Ind.) Great Lakes East Michigan Michigan State Ohio State Penn State Central Michigan (MAC) Eastern Michigan (MAC) Western Michigan (MAC) Ohio (MAC) Akron (MAC) Pacific Conference (Base BCS Conference: Pac-10) Pacific North Oregon Oregon State Washington Washington State Idaho (WAC) Boise State (WAC) UNLV (Mountain West) Fresno State (WAC) Nevada (WAC) Pacific South Arizona Arizona State California Stanford UCLA USC San Diego State (Mountain West) San Jose State (WAC) Hawaii (WAC) Conference USA C-USA Mountain Air Force (Mountain West) Brigham Young (Mountain West) Colorado (Big XII) Colorado State (Mountain West) New Mexico (Mountain West) New Mexico State (WAC) Utah (Mountain West) Utah State (WAC) Wyoming (Mountain West) C-USA South Houston (C-USA) Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt) Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt) Louisiana Tech (WAC) Rice (C-USA) Southern Methodist (C-USA) TCU (Mountain West) Tulane (C-USA) UTEP (C-USA) Appalachian Conference (Base BCS Conference: Big East) Appalachian New England Cincinnati Connecticut Pittsburgh Rutgers Syracuse Buffalo (MAC) Army (Ind.) Navy (Ind.) Temple (MAC) Appalachian South Louisville South Florida West Virginia Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt) Kent State (MAC) Miami, OH (MAC) Troy (Sun Belt) Southern Miss (C-USA) Marshall (C-USA) The only geographically awkward teams are Kent State and Miami, OH in the Appalachian South division. That could be fixed simply by changing the FCS teams selected and where they end up. The Appalachian (Big East) Conference is still probably the weakest of the existing BCS conferences. The Great Lakes (Big Ten) Conference gets a little boost of offense with Central Michigan and Notre Dame. The Pacific (Pac-10) Conference becomes tougher with Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada added to the mix. And Conference USA has some legit teams in it...based on performance the past 5 years or so, Colorado is probably the 5th best school behind BYU, Utah, Houston and TCU. So how does the playoff work with 7 teams? The winner of each conference goes to the playoffs. I'm not sure which I like better: taking the top-rated non automatic bid (so the best team that didn't win their conference) to make it an 8-team playoff or taking the top 5 such teams to make it a 12-team playoff. If it's a 12-team playoff, the top 4 teams (based on ranking or something else) get 1st-round byes. I know there are other things to consider. Leroy Lizard is going to bring up the scheduling problems with finals and stuff. I think that's a manageable obstacle. And this is really only looking at football, not basketball or any other sport that might be negatively impacted by this. My answer to that: so what? This isn't likely to happen anyway...but it's fun to talk about. I wish EA Sports would let you align the conferences and post-season however you wanted...this is how I'd do it.