I'm ok with 96 teams, so long as there's parameters set in place that won't water down the regular season.
A straight-up first round play-in would most assuredly do that to the regular season.
Here's my solution:
There's two Brackets. A 32 team and a 64 team field.
-The 32 team field is the "Champions" bracket made up of the 31 teams who are conference champions plus the top non-Champion in the RPI.
-The 64 team bracket is all at-large.
-Winners of each bracket play for the title.
-This not only keeps the regular season relevant, it also solves the old gripe that the conference championships are not important.
-You might think that the Champions division is tougher, being that they're all champions, but usually the lower seeded teams in the traditional bracket ARE in fact mid-low major conference champions. Rarely is there an at-large lowerthan a 13 seed as currently constituted.
-Conference champions have a weaker field and one less game to play to get to the title. The 64-team bracket mightas well be called the "BCS Gauntlet of Doom"
There it is. Not only does it keep things interesting from Nov on, it also solves the problem of critics of the
What do you think?