Fixing the BCS: Revised BCS + Cotton Bowl

For my second proposal, the revisions of the BCS would be similar to the first modifications, but would include the addition of the Cotton Bowl Classic as an additional BCS bowl game.

Proposal #2: Revised Six-Game BCS

  • Conference champions of the five lower-tier conferences (American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) must be in the top 16 of the BCS rankings to automatically qualify.
  • Conference champions of the five upper-tier conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC) must be in the top 20 of the BCS rankings to automatically qualify.
  • The Cotton Bowl would take the Big 12 champion.
  • The Fiesta Bowl would take back some of it’s “black sheep” traditions and take the top-ranked conference champion from the five lower-tier conferences.
  • No per-conference limit.
  • If a conference champion of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, or SEC OR the highest ranked conference champion of the lower-tier conferences goes to the NCG, the highest ranked member of that conference (or group of conferences) in the top 16 would replace them in their conferences BCS tie-in bowl.
  • Once top-16 automatic-qualifiers have been placed and conference champions have been replaced, remaining BCS spots are awarded in order of ranking in the normal BCS selections order (2013-2014: Orange, Cotton, Sugar, Fiesta)
  • If a selection would result in two teams from the same conference in a BCS game other than the NCG, the next team available will be taken.

Revised Six-Game 2013-2014 BCS Bowls

BCS National Championship Game #1 Florida St* #2 Auburn*
The Rose Bowl Game #4 Michigan St* #5 Stanford*
Orange #12 Clemson** #7 Ohio St***
Cotton Bowl Classic #6 Baylor* #8 Missouri***
Sugar #3 Alabama** #10 Oregon***
Fiesta #15 UCF* #9 South Carolina***

*Conference Champion
**Conference Champion Replacement
***”At-Large” Selection

How past seasons would have looked:

2012

BCS National Championship Game #1 Notre Dame #2 Alabama*
The Rose Bowl Game #6 Stanford* #9 Texas A&M***
Fiesta #15 Northern Illinois* #4 Oregon***
Sugar #3 Florida** #11 Oklahoma***
Orange #12 Florida St** #7 Georgia***
Cotton Bowl Classic #5 Kansas St* #8 LSU***

*Conference Champion
**Conference Champion Replacement
***”At-Large” Selection

2011

BCS National Championship Game #1 LSU* #2 Alabama
The Rose Bowl Game #5 Oregon* #10 Wisconsin*
Fiesta #4 Stanford*** #7 Boise St***
Sugar #6 Arkansas** #8 Kansas St***
Orange #15 Clemson* #9 South Carolina***
Cotton Bowl Classic #3 Oklahoma St* #11 Virginia Tech*

*Conference Champion
**Conference Champion Replacement
***”At-Large” Selection

2010

BCS National Championship Game #1 Auburn* #2 Oregon*
The Rose Bowl Game #4 Stanford** #5 Wisconsin*
Sugar #8 Arkansas** #6 Ohio St***
Orange #13 Virginia Tech* #9 Michigan St***
Cotton Bowl Classic #7 Oklahoma* #10 Boise St*
Fiesta #3 TCU* #11 LSU***

*Conference Champion
**Conference Champion Replacement
***”At-Large” Selection

2009

BCS National Championship Game #1 Alabama* #2 Texas*
The Rose Bowl Game #7 Oregon* #8 Ohio St*
Orange #9 Georgia Tech* #6 Boise St*
Cotton Bowl Classic #4 TCU* #10 Iowa***
Sugar #5 Florida** #11 Virginia Tech***
Fiesta #3 Cincinnati* #12 LSU***

*Conference Champion
**Conference Champion Replacement
***”At-Large” Selection

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