the absurdity of the current BCS system of seeding teams is that it doesn't recognize that each conference is its own world: the majority of games played are witin conference, and most out-of-conference games are at the beginning of the season and are more like NFL style pre-season games except these count.
the truth is, with little scheduling overlap, you just can't compare conferences. OU wins XII, SC wins Pac 10, Auburn the SEC. Whose better? Hard to say. The XII, Pac 10, and SEC are all their own worlds.
So how about a meaningful national championshi tournament based on region and conference, not team.
Honor the regular season by making participants the ones that win their own conferences. And do the following:
ALLIGN THE SYSTEM SO THAT THERE ARE EIGHT CONFERENCES (HOPEFULLY OF 12 TEAMS EACH) REPRESENTING EACH REGION OF THE NATION.
Many of the pieces are in place right now to take this regional approach. Others could be created with some degree of shifting.
MIDDLE ATLANTIC/NEW ENGLAND: Big East country, but with the need for a strengthed Big East or a replacement confernce
SOUTHEAST ATLANTIC COAST: ACC
DEEP SOUTH: SEC
MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES: Big Ten
GREAT PLAINS/INTERIOR: Old Big 8 portion of Big 12
SOUTHWEST: many old SWC members, current 4 TX scools in XII
ROCKIES: the best of MWC and WAC to make a true BCS conf
PACIFIC: Pac 10
I'm not trying to play musical chairs here, creating dream conference and , given a choice, I'd keep things in their place.
Here are some rudimentary groupings, some reaching twelve, others coming close:
1. NEW BIG EAST:
BC, Syracuse, Army, Navy, Rutgers, Penn St, Pitt, Temple, Navy, Army, W Va
Miami, FSU, So Car, Clemson, Wake, UNC, Duke NCS, Va, Md, VT
3. SEC (this one was actually what it once looked like)
LSU, Tulane, Miss, Miss St, Ala, Aub, Fla, Ga, GT, Tenn, Vand, Ky
4. BIG TEN TWEAKED
Minn, Ia, Wis, NW, Ill, Ind, Pur, ND, MSU, Mich, Ohio St
5. BIG EIGHT REVIVED WITH CHANGES
Mo, Ia St, Neb, Kan, KSU, Okla, Ok St, Colo, Colo St
6. SWC REVIVED WITH CHANGES
Ark, SMU, TCU, Texas, A&M, TT, Baylor, Rice, Houston, NMex
7. MWC/WAC MIX
Wyoming, Utah, Utah St, BYU, Nev, UNLV, NM St, UTEP, AF
Again, I'm not so sure I'm that concerned with the exact breakdown. Suffice it to say that 8 regions could easily be established, each could be given its due: you just cannot compare schools from one conference to another because of the lack of common scheduling
(for ove 100 years, we have not looked at the NL and AL champions a not being equal opponents in the WS; that's because for the vast majority of those years, they each played teams only in their league and even today, the vast majority of games within their own league). Thus there is no question of a team not belonging in the WS, even if the Yankees go in at .758 and the Cardinals, surviving a 4 way NL race, went in at .592.)
8. PAC TEN TWEAKED
Wash, WSU, Ore, Ore St, Cal, Stan, UCLA, SC, Haw, Ariz, ASU