Using the 2004 results as an example:
12 teams get in, 4 teams get first round byes
6 teams are the conference champion from the BCS conferences, the other 6 spots are at-large.
Fiirst round games held the week before New Years
#1: USC (bye)
#2: Oklahoma (bye)
#3: Auburn (bye)
#4: Texas (bye)
WEST - San Diego (Holiday Bowl)
#5: Cal vs #12: Pitt (automatic berth)
MIDWEST - Memphis (Liberty Bowl)
#6: Utah vs #11: Michigan (automatic berth)
EAST - Atlanta (Peach Bowl)
#7: Georgia vs #10: Louisville
SOUTH - Tampa (Outback Bowl)
#8: Virginia Tech (automatic berth) vs #9: Boise St.
WEST - Phoenix (Fiesta Bowl)
#1: USC vs #11: Michigan
MIDWEST - Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
#2: Oklahoma vs #10: Louisville
SOUTH - Orlando (Capital One Bowl)
#3: Auburn vs #7: Georgia
EAST - Jacksonville (Gator bowl)
#4: Texas vs #5 Cal
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
#2: Oklahoma vs #3: Auburn
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
#1: USC vs #5: Cal
Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
#1: USC vs #2: Oklahoma
"*Groan* Too much travelling. I don't feel like going."--millions of football fans.
The matchups are just fine. Only the semis and championship game should be played on neutral sites. There'll have to be some home games under your system.
Three rounds (8 teams) will suffice. Begin the playoffs the second Saturday of December. The top four teams in the country host the next four teams in the first round. The four losers are sent to bowls.
The semis and finals are held in neutral sites.
Just remember--the Pac-10 will never