The Solution to the BCS Mess

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the BCS since its inception in 1998, especially in recent years. There have now been a handful of undefeated college football teams who did not get to play for the BCS title. More and more people have become aware of how unfair the BCS system really is. Those of us with common sense readily understand that it is nothing more than a cash cow for the big conferences that allows them to keep their prestige and recruiting above the supposed mid-majors. Well, I think it is one thing to recognize a problem. It is another thing to solve it. We already have a college football playoff proposal, but this is an alternative to that since implementing a playoff would obviously be a difficult thing to do overnight. So here is the simple solution.

You may have noticed we have 120 teams in the FBS and 11 conferences. Those conferences have anywhere from 8-13 teams. Now if we’re going to talk about parity in college football, it only makes sense that we talk about parity in the conferences. All professional sports have equal divisions of teams. Some divisions have much stronger teams than others, but the divisions are as equal as possible. Right now, the Big East is the easiest conference in America to win. You play the other 7 teams and that’s it. No championship game or anything. Then you have a conference like the SEC. Not only do you have to win your division, you then have to beat the other divisional champion to become the conference champion. Significantly harder, wouldn’t you say?

So for the good of the sport, I call upon the Western Athletic Conference to disband for football. I don’t mean ditch the conference completely, just not have it compete in football, that’s all. I know this sounds radical, but hear me out. You have a conference with Hawaii and Louisiana Tech playing each other. They are separated by how many hundreds of miles? It makes no sense geographically. It is a conference that, if divided up among the others, can give us a way to create 10 equal conferences of 12 teams each. Parity and equality in conferences. Now all of a sudden we have something resembling a sport.

But where do the teams go? Good question. We can redistribute teams across the board to make ten 12 team conferences with two divisions of six teams each. We can do this with minimal intrusion. For example, conferences with 12 teams already can mostly be left alone. My plan doesn’t change the ACC, Big 12 or SEC. So ready for this? Here would be your ten new conferences:


Pac-12
North:
Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Cal
San Jose State

South:
Hawaii
USC
UCLA
Arizona
Arizona State
Stanford

MWC
East:
Wyoming
Air Force
Colorado State
BYU
Utah
Utah State

West:
Boise State
Idaho
UNLV
Nevada
Fresno State
San Diego State


Big Ten
East:
Penn State
Michigan
Ohio State
Miami (OH)
Michigan State
Indiana

West:
Purdue
Iowa
Wisconsin
Northwestern
Minnesota
Illinois

Sun Belt
East:
East Carolina
UCF
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Troy
UAB

West:
North Texas
Louisiana-Monroe
Western Kentucky
Mid-Tennessee State
Arkansas State
Louisiana-Lafayette


Conference USA
West:
New Mexico
New Mexico State
UTEP
SMU
Houston
Rice

East:
Tulsa
TCU
Memphis
Southern Miss
Tulane
Louisiana Tech

MAC
SAME AS NOW
(less Miami (OH) )

Big 12
SAME AS NOW

ACC
SAME AS NOW

SEC
SAME AS NOW


Big East
North:
Syracuse
Rutgers
Uconn
Army
Navy
Pitt

South:
Notre Dame
West Virginia
Cincinnati
Louisville
Marshall
South Florida

Now we all know the WAC does not want to simply stop. They need an incentive. Since the conference will continue to operate other sports, a part of the BCS money horde will be given to the WAC for a few years after their honorable departure from college football. This keeps them happy, makes the sport better, all good. So now where do we go from here?

We still have some conferences being much stronger than others, that’s for sure. While the conferences may now be equal, they don’t have the same caliber of recruiting from top to bottom. Answer: first, make the Cotton Bowl the new fifth BCS bowl. Now you have 10 teams who can compete in a BCS bowl that is not a championship game.

Take our 10 conference champions. Seed them 1-10. Matchup 1-6, 2-7, 3-8, 4-8 and 5-10. Those are your BCS bowls each year. They should all be relatively competitive. Look at last year’s Sun Belt champion Troy. They played LSU during the regular season and gave them a game. Don’t think these would be blow outs every single year.

Now play these BCS bowls after the other bowls. No minor no-name bowls are to be played after a BCS bowl. They all play in January. Once the other bowls and these have been played, the BCS reranks all the teams. Now whoever come out at #1 and #2 play each other the following week for the championship.

Is it perfect? No, a playoff would be much better. Is it doable? Potentially, if selfish people do what is best for the sport. Is it better? YES! Everyone gets a fighting chance. If this had happened last year, maybe we would have seen Utah play Florida for the title. In 2004 maybe Auburn would have gotten their shot. In 2006 maybe Boise State goes to the championship. You never know. It certainly makes things interesting for sure.

So what do you think? Think we can realign conferences, create a better league and better postseason? Tell me in the comments!


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