Since the NCAA is considering dropping 1AA status and some teams are currently left out of the BCS conferences with automatic BCS bids, the BCS will determine or separate teams that play at the highest level of college football. Factor in the current issues with having 11 1A conferences trying to via for future 10 BCS spots, AP poll dropping out of selection of BCS teams, something has to give?
The current 6 BCS conferences could resolve the current BCS issues with teams trying to move to major level, add more fairness to teams that deserve to be in a BCS conference, and help eliminate a lot of the issues driving a playoff at the same time.
Proposal: Each BCS conference must have 12 members with six teams each. Allow a seventh BCS conference to accommodate the remaining teams that may compete at the highest level of college football.
Each of the seven conferences would have a championship game that is now folded into the BCS and used to market BCS TV contracts. If this is an issue the individual conferences could continue market their conference championship game with conference TV contracts. I think more money could be made using the BCS.
One at large bid would be available to accommodate a Texas team that never can beat Oklahoma in its division or for the MAC, Sun Belt, Atlantic 10, Big Sky that have an outstanding team such as Utah this year and to keep the legal issues out of the BCS.
The BCS would go back to a manageable four BCS bowls and forget using the same bowl for week latter championship game.
A committee would select the at large team.
The championship BCS game would be played after the four BCS bowls in Indianapolis each year home of the NCAA. With Indianapolis building a new retractable dome stadium, all four BCS winners could advance to a city that will have two dome stadiums in the future (playoff?). Oh well too far into the future. Back to 7 BCS conferences.
12 team Big East plays 12 team ACC in Orange Bowl (a.k orginial Blockbuster idea and made for TV with true Eastern Seaboard championship)
12 MWC plays 12 team Big 12 in Fiesta Bowl
(nice regional BCS championship game)
12 team SEC plays at large team
(since SEC is considered the top football conference at large must beat SEC to have and chance of title game)
12 team Big 10 plays 12 team Pac 10 in Rose Bowl
(Rose tradition continues each year)
Until all four advance to Indianapolis (not an employee of the chamber of commerce of that fair city), the plus one game could be used for the title using committee. Committee could use coaches poll, computer polls, and fan poll to help make the decision.
Now first cut proposal of teams in each conference.
ACC will have 12 teams starting next year, however, since Va Tech is champion of 2004 will align by region over trying to keep Miami and FSU in different regions.
ACC North: Va Tech (top billing), VA, BC, MD, NC, Duke
ACC South: Miami, FSU, Ga Tech, Clem, NC state, Wake
BCS conference championship as planned in Jacksonville
BE North: Syr, UConn, Rut, Pitt, WV, Marshall
BE South: Lou, Cincy, Memphis, East Car, S Miss, S Fla
BCS conference championship in Meadowlands
Big 10 E: Ohio St, Mich, Mich S, Penn S, Ind, Purdue
Big 10 W: Notre Dame, Ill, NW, Wis, Minn, Iowa
BCS conference championship in Chicago
SEC set the 12 team standard and continues with east/west and championship game in Atlanta
Big 12 ditto and continues with north south and BCS conference championship game in Kansas City
Pac 10 N: Wash, Wash S, Oregon, Org St, Boise State, Hawaii (travel reduced by keeping other teams close)
Pac 10 S: Cal, Stan, UCLA, USC, Arz, Arz ST
BCS Conference championship game in LA
MWC W: Utah, BYU, Wy, UNLV, Fresno St, San D St
MWC E: Col St, Air F, New Mex, UTEP, TCU, Houston
BCS conference championship game in Salt Lake
Summary: 14 conference division champions playing for one of the major bowls and chance to move to title game reducing the need to have all the polls selecting the two teams to play for the title (not a complete fix as seven winners will advance).
One and only one at large team reducing the complaining of many teams wanting the current two at large bids. If Florida State or Miami would have been up to par, there would have been more fire with Cal, Texas, and Miami all wanting at large bids. This puts college football more inline with the NFL without having a playoff. Keeps the minor bowls in tact. Adds more balance with each conference having a conference championship game, for now does not extend the season at the same time provides the image of a playoff using conference games with winners advancing, adds more fairness and for the most part puts an end to teams trying to play big time football with limited resources, add more interest to the four major BCS bowls especially if a plus one game was added.