My “Solution” is this:
A true “College Football Playoff Championship” (CFPC)™ a (12) team playoff format that includes the 10 conferences Champions, the highest ranking FBS Independent and 1 at-large team in a (4) week playoff format. In our playoff format, conference champions matter, for it is the only way you get in, unless you’re team is fortunate enough to get an at large bid. The at-large will take all polls into consideration (The AP Poll, Coaches Poll, Fan Polls, Strength of Schedule and Common Opponents) to determine the at-large team.
The bowl games will matter even more because they will be incentivized. The format will be designed to work with all of the bowl committees by pitting various teams from different conferences against one another in the bowls to determine which conference is “over all” the strongest of the year. A “financial incentive” will be in place for the overall conference champions along side the national championship to make the bowl games much more viable and competitive, it will be possible for the National Champion not to come from the best conference based on bowl play turnout. Our format allows the little guys to get in on the playoff money that could not only help further and strengthen their programs, letting an athlete know that he or she could go to any Division One college and still have the opportunity to compete for a national title. In my diagram below, teams like BYU, Appalachian State, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and San Diego State all get in (see diagram), because they’re all teams who’ve won their respective conferences.
Most might think schedule infringes upon the student athlete and yet you have bowl games that start on December 17 that go through January 9 with a game being played almost everyday with the exception of Christmas. The 4 week, “College Football Playoff Championship” we propose, can start along side the existing bowl games. Our brackets are designed in a way to where the bowl games are logistically economical for teams and fan bases to travel.
The reason why schools outside of the “Power 5” conferences lose recruiting battles is because financially they can’t compete with them. When looking at the revenue splits just from the bowl games according to the College Football Playoff organization and the Alabama Media Group, the Power 5 will pull in a base of more than 50 million a piece. Those outside of the Power 5 known as “The Group of 5” will split $75 million collectively and the independents close to 3 million a piece. So how does a Group of 5 compete and become a power team if it is left out of the big money? With the “College Football Playoff Championship” (CFPC)™ the model will be changed so that everyone is eligible for the big pay day and the Playoffs along side the bowls will be astronomically lucrative.
Whether you agree or disagree, when conference champions matter, they won’t be afraid to give the smaller schools a shot. The case we make is, let them all in, let the champions play the champions, that is the only way we will be able to determine A True National Champion.