My solution to BCS mess

A lot of folks are finally seeing the Bowl Championship Series for what it is ... a joke. But it wouldn't take much to fix this mess. My simple solution could be instituted right now, and it would involve playing just three more football games.

Here's my plan:

Take the winners of the four BCS bowl games -- Oklahoma vs. LSU, Southern Cal vs. Michigan, Kansas State vs. Ohio State and Miami vs. Florida State -- and seed them 1 through 4. Hold semifinal playoff games (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3) on Jan. 17. The two survivors (probably LSU and Southern Cal) would meet Jan. 24 for the national title.

Basically, what I've done is turn the BCS bowls into an eight-team playoff bracket.

The positives: This plan allows the existing bowl system to remain intact. This plan makes all four BCS bowl games important, instead of just the Sugar Bowl. This plan forces a national champ to prove its mettle by winning a bowl game and two playoff games. This plan also rewards the team that is playing its best football at season's end.

Next season I'd eliminate most of the computer rankings from the BCS formula, so a team like Oklahoma couldn't be seeded No. 1 after losing its previous game by 28 points. I'd insist that all non-BCS bowl games be played between Dec. 15 and Dec. 30. I'd hold two of the BCS bowl games on New Year's eve and the other two on New Year's day. I'd stage the two playoff semifinals on the second Saturday in January and the playoff finals on the third Saturday in January.

My plan isn't foolproof, of course, but it's a heck of a lot better than what we've got now.

What's your take? How do you think the BCS system could be improved.

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