Simply put, it's the winners of the 11 major conferences taking the top 11 seeds, then 5 at-large or wild-card teams thrown into the mix, making a field of 16. Their seedings are by BCS standards. Non-BCS rated teams (the non-BCS-locked conference champs, usually) are seeded by winning percentage, then by head-to-head, then coin flip or drawing.
Keep in mind that conference champions are seeded first, then the wild-card/at-large teams. Some odd seedings, unless you consider that winning the conference is important. Just like in every other sport, at every other level.
Here are the seeds, with their conference, their record, and final BCS standings:
- Ohio State (Big 10; 11-1; #1)
- LSU (Southeastern; 11-2; #2)
- Virginia Tech (Atlantic Coast; 11-2; #3)
- Oklahoma (Big 12; 11-2; #4)
- Southern California (Pacific 10; 10-2; #7)
- West Virginia (Big East; 10-2; #9)
- Hawaii (Western Athletic; 12-0; #10)
- Brigham Young (Mountain West; 10-2; #17)
- Central Florida (Conference USA; 10-3; NR)
- Central Michigan (Mid American; 7-5; NR)
- Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt; 7-5; NR)
- Georgia (wild card, Southeastern; 10-2; #5)
- Missouri (wild card, Big 12; 11-2; #6)
- Kansas (wild card, Big 12; 11-1; #8)
- Arizona State (wild card, Pacific 10; 10-2; #11)
- Florida (wild card, Southeastern; 9-3; #12)
However, does it seem right that Florida Atlantic or Central Michigan are seeded above Georgia, Missouri, et al?
Of course not.
Except that they won their conference. And winning the conference means something. And you get rewarded. Just like in every other sport. At every other level.
So, with those seedings, here are the pairings.
- Florida at Ohio State
- Arizona State at LSU
- Kansas at Virginia Tech
- Missouri at Oklahoma
- Georgia at Southern California
- Florida Atlantic at West Virginia
- Central Michigan at Hawaii
- Central Florida at Brigham Young
Anyhow, the 8 winners would play the following week. The top 4 remaining seeds would host the bottom 4 remaining seeds. Oh, and the 8 losers would get bowl invitations. Pretty good bowl invitations, in all likelihood.
The "final four" would play in conjunction with a bowl, in my plan. And the championship game could be a bowl, or a separate game. Don't matter.
I like my plan much better than what they got going on today.
Any team -- even Central Florida, Central Michigan, or Florida Atlantic -- that makes it through that tournament, deserves to be called national champions.