IMO, the ruckus about the BCS and playoffs is centered around the perceived strenth of each conference. Thus .. everyone wants a playoff. Probably never gonna happen, cause there is too much money to be made on the bowl system. Just an idea .... the NCAA could sched one weekend in the middle of the season designed to compare the strength of the conferences. Thus, as opposed to the teams scheduling easy wins against the weaker conference on all off conference games .... ea conference picks a couple of teams to represent the strength of their conference and the NCAA scheds those teams against the teams of the other conferences in a fashion such that a "reasonable" estimate of strenght can be made between conferences. SO ..mid season ... you'd be able to compare an Oregon to a Bama ... a Boise to an OHS or OU or LSU ... a TCU against a Wisc or MIssou. What does Oregon and Boise's undefeated records really mean??? If mid season, Boise gets stomped by AR or LSU ... or Boise gets stomped by Michigan or OSU .. that tells the pollsters a lot about the perception of their 11-0 record. It would remove the speculation as to whether or not they could hang with top tier team of a higher conference. ..... .... and the BCS could keep its bowls .. with parades and all the money that comes with 'em. Thoughts??