Graziano: Perfect solution to Bowl Championship Series nightmare

Christopher A. Smith

My college football season basically ended when Boston College upset Notre Dame. Many others concluded in the same way with Oklahoma’s loss to Texas A&M. And the season ended early in Iowa with a loss to interstate rival Iowa State.

It seems ridiculous that a team can be eliminated from the national championship picture by losing a game in the first week of the season and going undefeated the rest of the way.

It is equally ridiculous that a team can go the entire season undefeated and still not have a chance to win a national championship.

The scenario I am about to present almost makes too much sense. The pressure of only losing one or two games remains, but the necessity for perfection does not. Anyone remember the last time a Super Bowl champion was perfect? I do – it was 1972.

The BCS can stay for all the computer nerds out there. And the bowl games will remain for college football historians.

The college football season will begin as usual in the last week of August, and will continue for 14 weeks, with each team playing 12 games and getting two byes. Any conference championship games that exist will be abolished, and champions will be determined by regular season performance.

The first round of playoffs will take place immediately following the regular season, in the last week of November.

The field will be determined by the top 16 teams in the BCS rankings and will be played at the different bowl games. The higher seeded team in each game will be considered the home team for purposes of uniforms, ticket allotment and other factors.

From a financial standpoint, the payout from the bowls can be split equally among the teams competing at each site.

Therefore, the farther a team goes, the more money the program gets. And everyone in the playoffs is assured of gaining some type of financial reward.

A percentage of the money made by each school for each round of the playoffs can be split up amongst the conference it plays in.

This way, the integrity of the conferences remains, and the competition between them increases.

After a two-week break for final exams at most institutions, the playoffs will resume with the quarterfinals and semifinals being played in the last two weeks of December.

The national championship game will take place the first week of January, and its site will rotate annually between the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls.

Now Georgia’s loss to Florida is not the end of the world, is it Bulldog fans?