I do like the basic idea...with a few twists:
What I'd like to see would be a fairly simple move by the NCAA and the government (since they fund the universities): even playing field.
The conferences get funding by the US taxpayers, yet it's not an even playing ground. The SEC has 12 teams so it's unlikely that Vanderbilt will ever get into a BCS game. But the Big East has 8 teams, so a few lucky wins and you can get in the game.
While I'd love to see the system implode, I do see some changes that could resolve the problems we see.
* If each conference was forced to have 12 teams and a championship game with that game winner gaining BCS status/Playoff automatic bid, it would make many teams happy.
SEC: remains at 12
Big 12: remains at 12
ACC: remains at 12
Big Ten (11): Adds (1)...say Notre Dame
Pac 10 (10): Adds (2) say Utah and BYU
Big East (8): Adds (4) say Army, Navy, Memphis, UCF
New BCS Bids (top rated from two of these 12 team conferences):
Mountain West (9-2): adds 5...Boise St., Fresno St., Nevada, UTEP, Houston
CUSA (12 - 4): adds FAU, FIU, Troy, WKU
WAC (9 - 3): adds 6...say North Texas, ULL, ULM, Arkansas St, Troy, Mid Ten St
MAC: remains at 13
(sunbelt would have zero teams and fold)
Quinn, it would be a start to have every conference on even level and membership size. I just do not see the NCAA taking the initiative to change the FBS division member requirement from 8 to 12 schools. Unless forced to expand, the Big East will remain in the unhealthy format of 8 football and 16 basketball schools, the Big Ten will wait forever for Notre Dame and the Pac 10 will not expand without the Big Ten making some moves. It basically a stalemate.
The other issue that will never happen is the big conferences giving up the at large bids. This is one of my biggest grips with the current BCS system. The Conference Commissioners and Athletic Directors are so hypocritical. Out of one side of there mouth that do not want to take anything away from the regular season with a play-off and the other side begs for at large BCS bids. It was disgraceful for the Big Ten to get the at large big to the Rose bowl last year and likewise this year for Ohio State getting the Fiesta bowl bid.
I could live with your suggestion if there were no at large bids to the BCS and you had to win your conference to get the BCS bid. Then there would be a neat 8 teams after the 12 team championship games to play for the BCS title.
We all know the above scenario is not going to happen without some force by the US Government or by my proposal of having the SEC take the lead again as before and expand to 16 members. This would set off a trend that would finally change college football for the betterment of the fans.
Unless a major BCS conference makes so moves, we are stuck with same lousy system for college football.
In this year of hope, we can look to the SEC to start the ball rolling to reach 16 members and cause a chain reaction to bring us closer to a college play-off system..
That is a very interesting idea to get all conferences to 16. I hope someday it will happen.
I still think it would have been better at the time of the ACC raid in 2003 for the Big 10, ACC, and SEC to split the remnants of the BE + ND into those three conferences (expansion to 14). BE FB would have died and now there would only have been 5 BCS conferences. It would also setup the Big 12 and Pac 10 to expand to 14 (or 12 for the Pac 10) by taking the powers from the WAC/MWC when the time had come too. Of course, the money wasn't there to do this type of expansion back then (in 2003).
The biggest problem with the move towards a playoff is that currently, the BCS is still profitable. ESPN just paid a huge amount of money to get the games until Jan 2014. It is going to be essentially the same until that point (maybe the MWC gets a BCS autobid before then).
The BCS is a method to do several things:
1 - to create a situation where a FB champion is crowned using the 'BCS methodology'
2 - to keep the bowl system intact and to make sure those 'bcs' bowls are 'in general' profitable
3 - to keep the majority of the 'post-season' money in the hands of the 'power' or 'bcs' conferences