1. FCS schools can be scheduled as preseason games only.
2. Regulate what the non-conference schedule has to be.
3. The non-conference schedule must be completed before conference games start.
Those are my rule proposals to help level the playing field when it comes to schedule. Now let's talk about this playoff. I was a big supporter of a 16 team playoff for awhile. However, once the 6 BCS conference shrunk to the Power 5, and once the College Football Playoff was established, my opinion was adapted. Although the current CFP is a step in the right direction, there is still much more that can be done, and 2016 is the perfect example to prove me right. Here are the main flaws with the current system and why an 8 team playoff would be better.
1. The math doesn't add up.
2. It's hard to win a conference, and it should be rewarded.
3. Half of the FBS schools have no chance of winning the National Championship.
Let's talk about how an 8 team playoff would work and why it would be better. First, it would truly reward a great season no matter who were. Power 5 conference champions would be guaranteed a spot. There would also be a guaranteed spot for the best of the Group of 5. Many people claim that expanding it to 8 would make the regular season less exciting. Well, those same people said the same thing about expanding it to 4. The reality is it is more exciting when more teams are in contention. This year, Bedlem decided a conference champion. What if it was for a guaranteed playoff birth? Few were paying attention to Florida winning their division in the SEC. What if that win got them into a play-in game for the playoff? It wouldn't lessen the excitement of the regular season. It would make it more exciting simply because more games would matter.
Let's talk logistics. The system would not have to change much. The playoff would start two weeks after the conference championships (when the bowl season starts). The first round of the playoffs would take place at the home of the higher ranked team. There would be 4 of the New Years 6 bowl games set aside. Two of these games would act as semifinals like they do now. The other two bowl games would include the losers from the first round of the playoff. This way everyone still gets the bowl game experience, as well as having two weeks to prepare. The 8 team field would include the Power 5 conference champions, the best of the Group of 5, and two Wild Cards. The job of the committee would then be to choose the two Wild Card teams and seed the 8 teams. Here is how it would look this year, and I dare you to tell me this wouldn't be more exciting than what we have. Talk about a quadruple header!
The Broncos deserve a shot. They wouldn't have much of a shot, but let them play Bama and see if they belong.
Do you want to know which one belongs in the Top 4? Let them play and find out!
Most people would claim that these are the two worst conferences in the Power 5 right now. This would be a fascinating matchup that I would love to see.
You would almost want to have a rule saying no inter-conference games in the quarterfinals, but would anyone argue with a rematch of the best game this season?
All of that in one Saturday. How exciting would that be! If these truly are the best four teams, then they would prove it by winning. In the past, I have called it Holiday Madness because it would recreate some of the magic basketball finds in March. What makes 2016 the best year so far to do something like this is there are truly 7 teams (8 if you include Western Michigan) that have a legitimate claim to one of the four spots. So let's make enough spots for them all!