Yes most of the country thinks the BCS is BS. I am in the majority. There have been several calls for a playoff, a plus one, or something along those lines to fix what is the only major sport where the champion isn't exactly decided on the field. However presidents of these colleges don't want to do away with the bowl system. Most say it's because they don't want these kids to miss school, but that's crap! It's because of the big money these schools make off these bowl games, along with the NCAA.
I don't know who these people think they are fooling. These kids are athlete/students not the other way around. Participants of major college sports are on campus year round and with the dollars they bring in they focus on their sport first and school is second.
Most people, especially the talking heads on ESPN, call for a playoff or something of the sort in NCAA division 1/FBS Football. Yet I never hear any of them come up with any kind of plan or how they would replace all that missed money from the Bowl games. There's no chance the NCAA is going to replace the BCS if it loses money in the process.
Well I have a plan that includes an 8 team NCAA Football playoff and you wouldn't lose a single bowl game and the 4 major BCS bowls would all still be marquee games making just as much, if not more money. Also as far as the BS excuse of kids missing class, only 4 schools would have to play an additional game, and two of those four would have to play two games.
Here's the plan:
You keep the BCS Standings, the top 4 schools in those end of the season standings are guaranteed a spot in the now called "BCS Playoffs." Also the winners of the SEC, Pac 12, Big Ten, and Big 12 are guaranteed spots in the Playoffs. Sorry ACC and Big East your conferences are just not strong enough. Now these AQ schools will be revisited after every single season and if a conference gets strong enough it can be added or if one of those 4 conferences weaken enough they can lose their AQ status. Now it's likely some of those schools winning their AQ conference will be a top 4 BCS ranked team. In that case for the rest of the 8 teams you just move down the list, 5, 6, 7, 8. Only being in the top 4 guarantees you a spot in the playoff if you are in a non AQ conference because one of the AQ winners could be from a team outside the top 8. So basically it goes the 4 AQ conference winners then the next 4 highest BCS ranked schools make up an 8 team playoff.
Now here's the part for those wanting to keep the bowls. You use the 4 BCS Bowls: Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl (if they get their act together). These 4 bowls will host the 1st round of the NCAA Football playoffs with each bowl alternating between games 1 seed vs 8 seed, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5 on a yearly basis. Yes we would lose some of the tradition with the Big Ten and Pac Ten/Twelve and some of the other bowls, but really we have teams from Idaho contemplating joining the Big East. Nebraska and Oklahoma no longer play each other. It's time to let these traditions grow. I guarantee these bowl games would be a lot more exciting if a trip to the Football version of the Final Four were on the line.
Now the four winners of these games will go on to a national semi-final or Final 4. This could be handled a couple different ways. My way would be to have them on a neutral site that alternates every year. You could use the Bowl Game Sites exclusively, but if it were up to me I'd move them to other places as well. The winner of these Final 4 games would then go on to a National Championship game that the participants of have been decided on the field and not in a computer and a human poll. Also I would hold the National Championship Game in the same city/venue as I held the Final 4/Semi-Final games. So it would basically be an event that started on a weekend in early January with the Final 4 and would end the following Saturday with the Championship Game.
To sum up, this is a way better idea than the current BCS system now. BCS stands for Bowl Championship Series, well right now it's not a Bowl Championship Series it's a Bowl Championship Game. If we did it my way it would be a Bowl Championship Series in every sense of the words. From the Friday before the Semi-Finals to the following weekend's Championship game the entire time in between would be an event likely comparable to Super Bowl Week. You could even move it up to the end of December as it's starting time and it would go on during most colleges Winter Break. Although I believe most are still on Winter Break in early January as well.
This would also be the fairest system as it would likely allow teams from Non AQ conferences that run the table during the regular season at least a shot of getting to play for a championship. There would never be unbeaten teams that didn't even get a shot to win it all. So lets see the fairest system, more entertaining, and don't tell me this would take away from the regular season because now the regular season would be a fight for more teams to get into these playoffs, and this system would probably attract more interest and bring in more dollars. It's a win for everyone, the fans and the money hungry school presidents and NCAA officials.