If I where king of the NCAA this is how I would fix the BCS and Conference Realignment...
First things first - Conference Issues:
1 - The maximum size for any conference is 11 teams, and they must play all sanctioned sports in that conference. For example, Notre Dame would not be allowed to play in the Big East in everything but football, however Temple would be able to play Football in the MAC and other sports in the A-10 since the A-10 doesn't play FBS Football.
2 - No conference championship games allowed.
These two rules affect the SEC the most. I would force the SEC to become 2 seperate conferences. I'll leave the partitioning up to them. From now on I'll refer to them as SEC 1 and SEC 2. The MAC would also have to drop 2 teams, and the Conference USA 1 team. The 2 new SEC conferences and the Big East would have slots to take extra teams out of those conferences. The ACC would have to chose between Pitt and Syracuse.
4 - There are currently 11 FBS conferences, with the SEC being forced to become 2, in this system I would have 12 conferences. Under this plan each champion from those 12 conferences would have an equal opportunity to play in a Championship Playoff Series.
5 - Any team wishing to change conference affiliation must sit out 1 full season in all sports just like players have to when they transfer to another school. I would allow a 1 time grace period for teams to realign out of the current mess they have gotten themselves into. Hopefully this would encourage conferences to return to historic rivalires and geographic sense.
Next - Bowls and Playoffs
I would have the four "traditional" Bowls revert back to conference tie-ins. Every year these games would feature the following match-ups:
The Sugar Bowl - SEC 1 champion vs. SEC 2 champion
The Orange Bowl - ACC champion vs. Big East champion
The Rose Bowl - Big 10 champion vs. PAC champion
The Fiesta Bowl - Big-12 champion vs. At-large team #1
The winner of each bowl would win a playoff spot in an 8 team bracket. In addition the winner of the following 4 bowl matchups would win a playoff spot. It doesn't matter to me if these are newly created bowls or existing bowls:
Bowl A - At-large team #2 vs. At-large team #3, possibly in the Gator Bowl
Bowl B - Conference USA champion vs. MWC champion
Bowl C - MAC champion vs. WAC champion
Bowl D - Sun-Belt champion vs. At-large team #4
The at-large teams would be based on standings in the polls. I would then seed the 8 winners according to rankings in the polls. I don't care if it's human polls or computer polls or a combination thereof.
As I said before this gives each conference champion plus 4 additional teams an opportunity to make the playoffs. This would provide a true champion who earned it on the field in a do or die scenario. It also makes the bowl games very relevant and should make for exciting and highly contested games. I also think it would return most teams to their traditional conferences, especially the recent movers.
Here's how it most likely would have looked this year:
Sugar Bowl - LSU vs. Georgia (same as the SEC championship game)
Orange Bowl - WVU vs. Clemson
Rose Bowl - Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Fiesta Bowl - Ok. State vs. Alabama
Bowl A - Stanford vs. Arkansas
Bowl B - TCU vs. Houston (with no championship game, Houston would have been the Conf USA champ)
Bowl C - Northern Illinois vs. La. Tech
Bowl D - Arkansas St. vs. Bosie St.
Some may complain about including the Mid-majors, but I happen to like the way NCAA basketball throws a bone to all the conference champs. Why not include them? If one of them goes on cinderella run through the playoffs, wouldn't that be a great story? The way I see it, all but maybe one of those are great bowl matchups and would make for exciting games. TV ratings would be off the charts. Why the NCAA and all those involved can't figure this out is beyond me.