120 Teams in Division I is just too many. Division I teams should be chopped down to about 40. Here are the top 40 teams based on attendance, alumni support, television ratings, and school size. These schools are broken into geographical groups.
North Carolina State
Each team plays every team from their group every season. In addition to that, each team will play one team from each of the other groups. These matchups will be chosen via a seeding process and will be repeated the next year so as to make all games home and home two game series. Every team ends up with a twelve game regular season. This will eliminate pay games and buyouts and all the other seedy things that go along with scheduling. Basically, the NCAA will schedule all your games.
The first three weeks of the season will be the non-group games. These games will have no impact on the group races but will come into play later.
After the season is finished, a champion will have emerged from each group. Ties will be settled via tiebreakers starting with head to head competition. In addition to the champions of each group, three wildcard teams will be chosen from the remaining 36 teams. Also, one team from the 80 teams that did not make it into these super groups will be granted a spot in the playoffs. How that team is chosen is not important, since it will probably get destroyed by the number one seeded team. That team can be chosen via the AP poll or maybe the BCS will still be around to help choose the wildcard teams and the best team of the other 80 schools.
The eight team playoff will begin and will use neutral sites. The sites will similar to the NCAA basketball tournament in that there will be a bidding process to name these sites.
Bowl games can carry on as normal, but they won’t get any of the top eight teams since they will be in the playoff.
Although the list of football powers does not change significantly over time, South Florida just missed the cut. Every two years, the numbers should be run again to determine if the best schools are in the championship groups. Although I doubt more than one or two schools will change, we want to make sure we have the forty most powerful schools in the four championship groups.
Since we’re only dealing with 20 games a weekend, every game will be televised.