Ok I have been pondering on how the BCS could come up with a plan to crown an undisputed national champion that would satisfy nearly everyone. This has taken my countless hours between calls at work coming up with a perfect scenario. I'm sure my method would cause endless debate but I have done it I think? Here is the scenario for all of you who care and maybe some of you who don't. In my method this would also save schools money in travel expenses also so that is a plus. So without boring you guys much longer here goes.
The regular season woudl be widled down to 6 games and is solely for seeding purposes for the 120 team double elimination playoffs. So even one loss wouldn't knock you out of contention but it would make winning a little bit harder.
There will be 8 regional brackets with 15 teams each. The number one seed from each region gets a first round bye. So each region bracket will look something like this assuming the highest seed wins each round:
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
(1) Bye (1) (1) (1)
(15) vs. vs. vs.
vs. (8) (4) (2)
(8) (5) (3)
(11) vs. vs.
vs. (4) (2)
Consolation Bracket again assumes higher seed won all above games. Highest loser gets bye in first round of consolation bracket. Round 2 features the losers from second round of games from champions bracket dropping down to play first round winners in consolation bracket. This will occur in rounds 2, 4, and 6. Round 7 features Consolation Bracket champ vs. Champions bracket champ or in this scenario a rematch of 1 and 2
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Championship
(14) (6) (6) (4) (4) (2) (1)
vs vs. vs. vs. vs vs. vs.
(11) (11) (5) (5) (3) (3) (2)
(13) (12) (7) (7)
vs. vs. vs. vs.
(12) (5) (8) (3)
(9) Bye (9)
The winners of the 8 regional brackets. Now here is where I am still up in the air because in my theoretical version the higher seed always won so each of the 8 teams would be entering the 8 team championship round with no losses. So if there was an upset in the regionals and a consolation round team ended up winning that would put them in the championship round with 1 loss already. So the two options would be another loss and they are gone which would effectively give a team a bye in the consolation round or the losses could reset ala College Baseball World Series. I am for the reset option.
The championship round could either seed the 8 teams based on all previous performances or specifically make the bracket consisting solely on geographic region vs. region. In my model I just chose to seed with the higher winning out again. So here goes.
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Championship
1 vs. 8 1 vs. 4 1 vs 2 1 vs 2
2 vs. 7 2 vs 3
3 vs 6
4 vs 5
Consolation- Loser from above after each round but round 3 of cosolation round. Winner of consolation round vs. champion from winners bracket above for a 1 game for all the marbles championship.
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
5 vs 8 3 vs 6 4 vs 3 2 vs 3
6 vs 7 4 vs 5
Now I know my theoretical championship here wouldn't be perfect because obviously upsets would happen. The biggest problem that I see though is the actual championship game. Would it be fair to the team that makes it all the way to the final game without a loss to only have to lose once and they lose the championship or should they have to lose twice like every other team? I think by this point fans would be happy that their is a playoff that it wouldn't matter. I also think that because there wouldn't be as much doubt about whether these were the best two teams in the country so there wouldn't be as much of a problem. Upsets would make the playoff even more interesting to me. I think the likelihood of a Utah or Boise St. running this gauntlet would be far less likely also. So guys tell me what you think.