Every year since the 1999-2000 NCAA football year I have looked at how the top level of Collegiate Football could claim a TRUE National Champion. For most years, the drawback with the majority of the nation was the fact they would be faced to watch a SEC vs SEC Championship game. Well, thanks to LSU, Alabama, Mike Slive, and the Officials of this year's SEC Championship Game; that is what the nation gets to look forward to this year.
As always since I started this exercise, I look at ALL the conference champions. As long as the conference champion was rated in the final regular season Top 25 of the most recognized poll (this year I used the BCS rankings that were just released) they were included. So Congratulations to Clemson, OKSU, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, S. Mississippi, TCU, Oregon and LSU you get invitations (Northern Illinois, Arkansas State, and Louisiana Tech, sorry you just did not cut the mustard this year - play again next year) . For the Independents, if they can finish in the top 15 of that same poll; then welcome to the dance (sorry but this year none of the Indies get to dress as Cinderella). And as bad as I hate to say it, UGA fans we would still probably be matched up against the Spartans as our bowl partner, but not in the Outback, but in the Chick-Fil-a Bowl (which is only a $50,000 loss from our current slap in the face from the Capital One Bowl). Below you can see the projected bracket...Sorry S. Mississippi you get LSU in Baton Rouge as your introduction to "BIG BOY FOOTBALL".
Round 1 of the play-offs are played at the higher ranked teams home stadiums with the remaining games played at the bowls with the higher payoffs; with the 4 "Sacred Bowls" keeping the prestige. The Sugar, Orange Fiesta and Rose would rotate through a 4 year cycle...as an example in 2012-2013 the Rose would host the Championship, the Sugar would fall back a level and the Orange would replace the Rose in the 2011-2012 picture.
In this playoff I have used 7 of the current 34 Bowl Games (35 if you count the redundant Championship Game). That leaves 27 Bowls that still need to be played, or in other words 54 teams that get invited to the NCAA DIV-IA postseason. Under our current Bowl selection process there are 70 teams that get to play a post season game, under my process that is still 34 Bowl Games with 68 teams. So we loose 2 teams that get a chance at postseason play, but this year alone they are allowing a 6-7 UCLA to go bowling....any complaints?