Originally Posted by ChicagoRon
I tend to agree about the Basketball tournament, but we are in the minority.
I still think requiring a conference championship could hurt that as well.. but now that (I think) every conference (except maybe the big east) has a conference championship game, we are in better shape.
I'm still not a big believer in playing two "bowl" games.. I would not pay for the travel twice. I think the higher seeded conference should host a "home" game in the semi-final round, or they should just rotate...
2011 - SEC hosts B10, P10 hosts B12
2012- B10 hosts SEC, B12 Hosts P10
2013 - B10 hosts P10, SEC hosts B12
2014 - P10 hosts B10, B12 hosts SEC
That is predicated on the emergence of four "super-conferences" and shutting out any teams that are outsiders.
The "host" games could be at a pre-defined location, but at least it would be regional.. so the B10 host site could be Cbus, Ann Arbor, or maybe the Colts stadium.. regardless of which team wins.
There's currently no championship game in the Big 12, but there will be once the dust settles on realignment.
I actually really like the current trend towards super conferences in this regard. Some of the Big East proposals floated include a huge number of teams (like 20) in West and East Divisions. My ideal would be:
Assume there are 120 teams in FBS football.
Break them into 8 conferences: Big 10, Big 12, ACC, Pac 12, SEC, Big East, CUSA and WAC.
Give the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, Pac 12, and SEC 12 teams each = 60 teams.
Give the Big East, CUSA, and WAC 20 teams.
Have the 8 Conference Champions play in a three-round (effectively four-round with the conference championship game) tournament. First round at home, second round at the current BCS Bowl Sites, final at a 'Super Bowl' location.