Mountain West Has Plan to Fix BCS

MWC makes a proposal to eliminate the BCS and give college football fans a true national champion.

For most college football fans, BCS is a four-letter word. The NCAA's method for deciding a national champion has been around since 1998. By my count, it's worked -- I mean, really given us the two best teams in the nation -- once, when Texas beat USC in an epic at the Rose Bowl. The Mountain West Conference has had enough and has a plan to fix the system.

Utah was the only team in the nation to finish the 2008 season undefeated. The Utes' final win was a domination of Alabama, a team that spent five weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation. 

But did Utah get a shot at the national title? No. So, the Mountain West proposed a playoff system that would begin with the 2010 season.  It's complicated, but here it is in a nutshell:

The six current BCS conferences (The Pac 10, ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big 10 and Big East) would retain automatic berths for their champions. The Mountain West winner would also receive an automatic bid. Then, a 12-member committee would choose three at-large teams and rank them all one through 10. The ninth- and 10th-place teams would play each other, leaving an eight-team playoff.

Those eight teams would play in the four major bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange).  That would allow the Rose Bowl to keep its traditional Pac 10/Big 10 rivalry intact. The four winners would play a semifinal round, leading up to a true national championship game.

The only problem I see is, it makes so much sense, it'll probably never happen.

Read the proposal in its entirety

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