And, if they did, here's the right way to do it.
- 16 teams: the 11 conference champions, plus the top 5 teams -- as determined by the BCS formula -- that do not win their conference.
- The conference champions are seeded 1-11, as ranked by the BCS formula, followed by overall record.
- The non-champion teams are seeded 12-16, as ranked by the BCS formula. This is similar to the NFL system, where the division champs are the top seeds, even if a wild-card team has a better record.
- At each round, highest seed hosts lowest seed, second-highest seed host second-lowest seed, and so on.
- Teams eliminated in the first round are still bowl-eligible.
- The second round (quarter-finals) are can be combined with bowl games.
- The third round (semi-finals) can be combined with top-tier bowl games.
Here are the 11 conference champions, plus the top 5 non-conference champions, for your field of 16:
- Auburn (Southeastern, #1 BCS)
- Oregon (Pacific 10, #2 BCS)
- Texas Christian (Mountain West, #3 BCS)
- Wisconsin (Big Ten, #5 BCS)
- Oklahoma (Big 12, #7 BCS)
- Boise State (Western Athletic, #11 BCS)
- Virginia Tech (Atlantic Coast, #13 BCS)
- Central Florida (Conference USA, #25 BCS)
- Connecticut (Big East, #26 Coaches)
- Miami University (Mid-America, #29 Coaches)
- Florida International (Sun Belt)
- Stanford (#4 BCS)
- Ohio State (#6 BCS)
- Arkansas (#8 BCS)
- Michigan State (#9 BCS)
- Louisiana State (#10 BCS)
- Louisiana State at Auburn
- Michigan State at Oregon
- Arkansas at Texas Christian
- Ohio State at Wisconsin
- Stanford at Oklahoma
- Florida International at Boise State
- Miami University at Virginia Tech
- Connecticut at Central Florida
My plan is simple. My plan makes sense. My plan would work. The NCAA just needs to do it.
But they won't. Because their top priority isn't to make sense.