A NCAA D1 football team automatically qualifies for FtheBCS by winning its conference and being ranked in the top 25 of the BCS rankings(BCS bowl invite and winning conf. gets you in i.e. Wisconsin). While I hate everything the BCS stands for, I am not smart enough to come up with my own formula to effectively rank teams. I don't mind the BCS ranking system, I simply hate Bill Hancock. The reason I feel this is the best way for automatic qualifiers is because it prevents a team like Troy or ECU from winning their conference with a 7-5 record and making the tourney when there would likely be 50+ teams more deserving. And at the same time it gives teams like Troy and ECU the opportunity to get into the tourney when they have great years along with a conference title.
16 team tournament. High seed hosts until the National Championship game where it will be played on a rotating neutral field. High seed hosting throughout the tournament allows the college atmosphere to be alive and kicking each game and the stadiums will easily fill up and not require the majority of the fans to have to travel to multiple sites during each round. At most 2 teams will have an extra 4 games to play. 12 teams will play at most 2 extra games and those games come in the middle to late December when school is on Christmas break.
I understand this is not real, but please note how many teams remain in the hunt for a national title in this format. So so SO many more games matter using this scenario. Not only do we have a number of teams still alive when November arrives, the conference title games will be at a whole new level knowing that they are likely playing their way into true College Football Playoff.