The first thing I would do is cut the 12th game of the regular season and bring it back down to 11. This would do 2 things, make sure that a team has a winning record to go to a bowl game, and as you will see, the teams who end up in the NCG would end up playing 17 (or 16 depending on if they play a conf CG) games rather than 18.
So you play out the regular season and conference championship games as it's done now. Then you play all the bowls with the current conference tie-ins (except the NCG, that gets eliminated). All the non-BCS bowls will be played by Dec 31st. One of the BCS Bowls will also be played on Dec 31st in primetime (this will be on a year-to-year rotating basis). The other 3 BCS bowls will be played at 1pm, 4pm and 8pm on New Years Day.
F.Y.I. Up to this point a team could play a maximum of 13 games.
Here's where it gets interesting. The winners of the 4 BCS games get an automatic bid to the playoffs. Then the BCS does the rankings again and the 12 highest ranked teams that didn't get an auto-bid will make the playoff as well.
Now we're left with 16 teams. They get seeded according to their BCS ranking and the first round of playoffs will be at the higher seeded teams home field. ***disclaimer: two teams from the same conference cannot play each other in the first round. If a situation occurs where teams of the same conference are slated to do so, a coin flip between the teams one spot lower and one spot higher than the lower ranked team will determine who moves into that spot. Example: If the season ended today #7 Wisconsin and #10 Michigan State would be scheduled to play each other in the first round. Since they are both in the Big Ten then there would be a coin flip between #9 Oklahoma State and #11 Alabama. The winner of the coin flip would switch spots with Michigan State.
Down to 8 teams. These games will be played at a stadium within higher seeds conference. This is so that there is not complete home field advantage but still a reward for being ranked higher.
The semi-finals and NCG will be played at pre-determined neutral sites with the NCG played on the saturday before the Super Bowl for the best sports weekend of the year.
Here's an overview of how the season schedule would look using the 2010-2011 Calender.
- Sept. 1st - Nov. 27th: Regular Season
- Dec. 4th: Conference Championship Games
- Dec. 11th - Jan. 1st: Bowl games
- Jan 11th - 14th: 1st Round of playoffs (2 games each day at 5:00 and 8:30)
- Jan. 20th - 21st: 2nd Round of Playoffs (Again, 2 games each day at 5:00 and 8:30)
- Jan. 29th: Semi-Final Round (Games at 3:30 and 8:00)
- Feb. 5th: National Championship Game
I know what your thinking. There will a conflict with the NFL Playoffs. With the way I've scheduled the games, there won't be. The first two rounds of the BCS Playoff are played during the week while the NFL plays on Saturday and Sunday. The semi-finals are the first playoff games on a Saturday. That is the same week as the NFC and AFC Conference Championship games, and those are both on sunday. So no conflict with the NFL.