Lastly, my only argument against a playoff is ... why do we need one? The answer to that one is obvious, right: "Because that is the only way to truly determine a consensus national champion." That may be true, but it also may not ... keep in mind that this year if we had a 4-team playoff it WOULD NOT include Kansas State, Stanford, Georgia, LSU, or Texas A&M. So maybe an 8-team playoff would do the trick. I don't know.
My point is, is it really that important that we have a consensus national champion? If so, why?
It is important to have a consensus National Champion. Because in every other sport that I can think of - the champion crowned at the end reached that pinnacle by knocking off the best of the best. Not so much in college football. Many of the best teams (on paper) in college football never play each other. Also, in college football - it is difficult to run the table - so when you lose is weighted too heavily in the polls... And how high you are ranked preseason - often times provides too much of a cushion for certain teams. Thus the BCS is skewed.
A playoff eliminates that for the most part, the two biggest issues with the BCS...
1.) The Preseason skews the rankings
2.) The late one loss teams that get punished in the polls.
I believe a 4 team playoff is still far from perfect and should be expanded. IMO, the Automatic Qualifying Conferences within the current BCS system should used, and expand to an eight team playoff format:
1.) ACC conf champ
2.) B12 conf champ
3.) Big East conf champ
4.) Big 10 conf champ
5.) Pac-12 conf champ
6.) SEC conf champ
7.) At large bid - (Independent, possible non-BCS conference or another team from one of the 6 power conferences)
8.) At large bid - (Independent, possible non-BCS conference, or another team from one of the 6 power conferences)
The first six teams should be selected via each individual conference championship winner. And the two at large bids would be selected by a committee of FBS executives (similar to what the NCAA selection committee does for basketball) and select the two at large bids based on things like national FBS polls, strength of schedule, etc.
Then once the eight teams are selected, the committee seeds the teams accordingly.... Again on items like strength of schedule, national FBS polls, quality wins/loses, etc.
1 seed plays the 8 seed...... Rose / Orange / Fiesta / Sugar
2 seed plays the 7 seed...... Sugar / Rose / Orange / Fiesta
3 seed plays the 6 seed...... Fiesta / Sugar / Rose / Orange
4 seed plays the 5 seed...... Orange / Fiesta / Sugar / Rose
* Rotate the bowl games on which seeded teams they would host each season - so that each host gets to have a featured #1 seed every four years.
Week 2 Semi-Final
Winner of 1 vs 8.................. Plays Winner of 4 vs 5.
Winner of 2 vs 7.................. Plays Winner of 3 vs 6.
* Naming of these games - and host city/site could be selected similar to other major sporting events (city/atmosphere/fundraising/corporate sponsorships)
Week 3 Championship
Head to Head winners from Week 2 - face-off for all the marbles.
* Call it the BCS Playoff Championship - again the host city/town could be based on any number of things like corporate sponsors, charity fundraising, host city would submit bids and NCAA would award selection similar to how host cities are selected for hosting other major sporting events like the Superbowl, etc.