Dear Gunnerfanoffline (I know you come from a long line of "Offlines") -
I had to prove to myself that I wasn't just imaging this "plus 1" stuff.
So I found a link that hadn't melted away over time.
Dennis Dodd story June 7,2004
Or you can find it on this web-site by going to:
College Football - General Forum (page 12 of 17)
5 BCS bowls !
reply #169 June 7, 2004
About half-way through the article..... (down where ther are some bullets):
Basically Dennis states that a 4+1 or 5+1 were among the formats considered, and were unlikely to fly, since the college presidents would whine that it was starting to resemble a [dreaded] playoff.
Dennis did not say so, but the 4+1 format also offered no new at-large berths, which was deemed a critical component to the re-formatting.
So it WAS considered.... (perhaps for only a milli-second).