My realignment plan--although not very possible--is one that would allow a playoff where every team has a fair shot and creates a regional emphasis on college
Division I-A becomes just 72 teams--the 62 in the current "BCS" conferences and 10 "mid-majors" that have carved out a niche in big-time college football.
These 72 teams are divided into 8 conferences of 9 teams each. This allows for every team to play each conference member.
Each of these conferences sends its champion to the College Football National Playoff--an 8 team mega-event which could be played in the existing major bowls or a first round home-field play.
The 10 teams from "mid-major" conferences included in this realignment are Fresno State, Utah, BYU, Colorado State, TCU, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Marshall, and Louisville. These teams have succeeded in becoming major players with less raw material.
The conference breakdowns are as follows:
Washington, Wash. St., Oregon, Or. St., Cal, Stanford, Fresno, USC, and UCLA
Arizona, Ariz. St., Utah, BYU, Colorado, Colorado St., Kansas, K-State, and Nebraska
Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, OU, Ok.St., LSU, and La Tech
Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Vandy, Ole Miss, Miss. St., and Southern Miss
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa St., Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Indiana, and Purdue
Michigan, Mich. St., Ohio St., Penn St., Pitt, Temple, Rutgers, Syracuse, and BC
Maryland, W. Va, UVA, Va Tech, UNC, NC State, Duke, and WF
Miami, FSU, Florida, Georgia, Ga Tech, S. Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, and Auburn.
These conferences are very regionalized and REQUIRE teams to win their conference to advance to the playoffs. I feel this would create an even stronger ferver among fans--having to beat all the teams in their region of the country to win it all.
Surprisingly, halfway through this season, the records of each of these conferences are very similar, excluding the FL-GA-ALA-SC conference.
This system puts each and every team on a level playing field before anyone plays a game. Utah offers everything Miami does--a chance to play "the big boys", a tie-in with a spot for the national championship, and nationwide exposure. There would no longer be lesser conferences filled with lesser teams.