Like anyone with a brain, I'm sick and tired of the BCS.
I'm also tired of the idea that every year's BCS mess brings us one step closer to the playoffs. It gets said every year around this time, yet the only playoff system in place is for the Football Championship Subdivision.
So I've comprised a fool-proof (yes, that's how I meant it) playoff system for the Football Bowl Subdivision. For I find that the FBS is ... well ... B.S.
Step One: An 8-team playoff.
While the FCS plans to bump its playoff teams to 20, I believe 8 is a nice round number to start the FBS playoff system. It can expand to 16 at a later time.
For starters, you can pick the conference champion of the big six conferences. That means the winner of the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC will each get a chance at glory. And no evil big school president will feel as if his or her conference will be left out.
As for the remaining seeds, they go at-large based on record, of course, with undefeated teams not in power conferences get automatic bids.
Because honestly, there's no longer a reason for the following to be let loose from "experts'" lips: "The regular season is a playoff. All you have to do is win all your games."
Yeah, tell that to the Utah, Boise State and Ball State who would all be in my proposed system.
Heck, you can keep some format of the BCS computer system. But seriously, get rid of the coaches poll.
And we'll need to because if there are more than two undefeated teams, the one with the highest BCS ranking would get a "bye" week while Nos. 2 and 3 would duke it out for the right to go up against No. 1.
But if there are four, then too bad. Play a tougher schedule.
Step Two: What about the bowl games?
Very simple, my friends: they can still be a part of the fun. Keeping the bowls could benefit the fans and the universities at the same time. Now isn't that an intriguing concept?
Keep all the non-New Years Day bowls for the other teams that don't crack the top 10. Then those who feel left out can still participate in the postseason. They won't be able to complain that they're losing out on money or practice time for their youngsters.
As for the fans, they can use the non-New Years bowls to build up to the big ones on New Year's Day.
Step Three: What about the BCS bowls?
Of course we're going to keep the Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar Bowls. We'd be silly not to include the biggest money makers in these economically hard times.
These bowls would feature your 8 finalist teams and for you traditionalists out there, we'll have something very special for you.
The Big 10 and Pac 10 champion will square off in the Rose Bowl. The Sugar Bowl would have the winner of the SEC and Big 12. The Orange Bowl will pit the Big East and ACC winners. The Fiesta Bowl will be used as a play in game that pits the No. 6 and No. 7 ranked BCS teams.
That will leave us with a Final Four, with a twist. Unlike the NCAA hoopsters, we'll re-seed so No. 1 will play No. 4 and No. 2 will play No. 3. That just makes sense.
They will play in a stadium that rotates every year between the BCS bowl stadiums. Again, it's fair and makes sense.