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Alex Funderburke and Jonathan Hurst

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In a perfect world, there would be no debate over what college football teams are given the opportunity to be crowned champion. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Regardless of what system has been used to determine the teams that get to play for the national championship, at the end of the year, there is always debate over whether the right teams have been selected. Prior to 1998, fans were not happy with how the national champion was selected, and wanted to take it out of human hands, so an algorithmic computer system was created to determine the top two teams of college football who would play in the national championship. This system was in place until the 2013 season, after which, the NCAA caved into their fans’ demands for a playoff system that would be ultimately decided by a committee. Four years later, many fans are displeased again, as they feel the committee has not selected the right four teams for the playoff, or that certain teams are not being given fair opportunities to play for the national title. Regardless of how their grievances vary, college football fans as a whole are calling for some form of change to the system that they were just begging for four years prior. There seems to be no feasible way to please college football fans, and there does not appear to be a way to employ a perfect system. However, the system below that brings together ideas from several different sporting leagues, may be as close to perfect as possible, despite how immensely unlikely it is.

 

DISCLAIMER: There is a 0% chance of any of this happening, it is simply a theory, enjoy.

 

1: Cut nine FBS teams(Kansas, Idaho, Tulane, UNLV, Eastern Michigan, Georgia State, Charlotte, UMass, Coastal Carolina) to have the top 120 teams.

2: The 120 teams will be divided into four separate leagues based on schools FBS win percentage over the past decade.

3: Four leagues/tiers: AAAA(tier one), AAA(tier two), AA(tier three), A(tier four).

4: Each League will have their own champion, determined by an 8-team playoff.

5: Playoff teams will be division winners with one wild card from each division.

6: Top four teams of each tier(semi-finalists) will be promoted to the next tier and the bottom four teams of each tier will be demoted to the next tier below.

7: Teams will still play a 12 game schedule with four division games, six games against teams within the same tier, and two games against teams from other tiers (meant for rivalry games if rivals are in different tiers).

8: The tiers will be divided into two conferences, the American and the National.

9: The American will have three divisions, the Sugar, the Cotton, and the Rose.

10: The National will have three divisions, the Orange, the Fiesta, and the Peach.

 

AAAA(ranked by win percentage over last decade)

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Boise State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Clemson
  6. Oregon
  7. LSU
  8. Wisconsin
  9. TCU
  10. FSU
  11. Southern Cal
  12. Georgia
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Stanford
  15. Penn State
  16. Michigan State
  17. VA Tech
  18. Utah
  19. Florida
  20. BYU
  21. Houston
  22. Appalachian State
  23. West Virginia
  24. Auburn
  25. Missouri  
  26. Navy
  27. Cincinnati
  28. Northern Illinois
  29. Nebraska
  30. Texas

Sugar Division

FSU

Florida

Alabama

Auburn

Georgia

 

Cotton Division

Oklahoma

TCU

Texas

Houston

Oklahoma State

 

Rose Division

Oregon

Utah

BYU

Stanford

Southern Cal

 

Fiesta Division

Ohio State

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Cincinnati

Northern Illinois

 

Peach Division

Appalachian State  

Clemson

VA Tech

West Virginia

Penn State

 

Orange

Boise State

LSU

Nebraska

Navy

Missouri

 

AAA

  1. Louisville
  2. Iowa
  3. Toledo
  4. UCF
  5. South Carolina
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Kansas State
  8. Miami
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Northwestern
  11. Michigan
  12. San Diego State
  13. Ohio
  14. Georgia State
  15. Mississippi State
  16. Air Force
  17. Texas Tech
  18. Arkansas State
  19. Arizona State
  20. Pitt
  21. North Carolina
  22. Tulsa
  23. USF
  24. Baylor
  25. Louisiana Tech
  26. Troy
  27. Arkansas
  28. Arizona
  29. Washington
  30. Temple

Sugar Division

UCF

USF

Miami

Georgia Tech

Troy

Cotton Division

Baylor

Texas Tech

Tulsa

Kansas State

Texas A&M

Rose Division

Washington

San Diego State

Arizona State

Arizona

Air Force

Fiesta Division

Toledo

Northwestern

Michigan

Notre Dame

Ohio

Peach Division

Pitt

Temple

North Carolina

Louisville

South Carolina

Orange Division

Iowa

Mississippi State

Arkansas State

Arkansas

Louisiana Tech

 

AA

  1. Marshall
  2. Central Michigan
  3. Fresno State
  4. UCLA
  5. Nevada
  6. East Carolina
  7. Western Michigan
  8. Ole Miss
  9. Old Dominion
  10. Middle Tennessee
  11. NC State
  12. Tennessee
  13. Rutgers
  14. Boston College
  15. Western Kentucky
  16. Louisiana Lafayette
  17. Bowling Green
  18. Southern Mississippi
  19. UTSA
  20. Utah State
  21. Ball State
  22. Georgia Southern
  23. California
  24. Memphis
  25. Oregon State
  26. Colorado State
  27. Minnesota
  28. Kentucky
  29. Wake Forest
  30. UConn

Sugar Division   

Memphis

Middle Tennessee

Tennessee

Southern Mississippi

Ole Miss

Cotton Division

UTSA

Louisiana Lafayette

Colorado State

Utah State

Western Kentucky

Rose Division

UCLA

Fresno State

Nevada

California

Oregon State

Fiesta Division

Central Michigan

Minnesota

Western Michigan

Ball State

Bowling Green

Peach Division

East Carolina

Georgia Southern

Kentucky

Wake Forest

NC State

Orange Division

Marshall

Old Dominion

Rutgers

Boston College

UConn

 

A

  1. Hawaii
  2. Duke
  3. Vanderbilt
  4. Maryland
  5. Wyoming
  6. Rice
  7. Louisiana Monroe
  8. Buffalo
  9. Illinois
  10. Virginia
  11. Syracuse
  12. Florida Atlantic
  13. Washington State
  14. SMU
  15. San Jose State
  16. South Alabama
  17. Indiana
  18. Florida International
  19. Purdue
  20. Army
  21. Kent State
  22. Colorado
  23. Iowa State
  24. UAB
  25. New Mexico
  26. UTEP
  27. Akron
  28. North Texas
  29. Miami(OH)
  30. Texas State

Sugar Division

Florida Atlantic

Florida International

South Alabama

UAB

Louisiana Monroe

Cotton Division

Rice

UTEP

North Texas

Texas State

SMU

Rose Division

Hawaii

Colorado

San Jose State

Washington State

New Mexico

Fiesta Division

Illinois

Iowa State

Akron

Miami(OH)

Purdue

 

Peach Division

Buffalo

Syracuse

Maryland

Army

Virginia

Orange Division

Duke

Vanderbilt

Indiana

Kent State

Wyoming

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