A local radio host in my area recently asks the "How we can get better match ups during the non-conference college football season?" He mentions that the college basketball has good non-conference match ups, mostly because of the many regular season mini- tournaments. After thinking about it for about a week, here is the idea I came up with:
Have every team that plays in a bowl game get to add one extra game to their regular season the following year; provided that the extra game is played against another non-conference team that also played in a bowl game the previous year.
The teams that make a bowl game are the elite teams in college football, at least the top half. To have them play each other in the following season will cause everyone to benefit. First, that fans will benefit that they will have good match ups to watch during the regular season. Second, the TV networks will pay the NCAA and schools big money to show these games to the fans. Third, the teams will benefit with a stronger strength of schedule.
This creates a lot very good match up possibilities. First, the top non-BCS schools can match up against the BCS schools. So games like Boise State vs. Virginia Tech can happen every year. They can no longer use the excuse that they do not have room on the schedule to play each other. Second, we can have a rematch of a bowl game from the previous post season. Third, you can even have the conference vs. conference challenges. A conference knows that they will have at least three to five teams qualify for a bowl game every year; and therefore will qualify for the extra game added to their schedule (especially a BCS conference). The conference could step in and say that the top three teams from our conference will play the top teams from another during the regular season.
If NCAA will not give us a playoff, then at least they can give us this.