Add one game and get a consensus national champ
SI's plan to solve the BCS mess envisions a miniplayoff that seeds the top four teams in the final regular-season AP and coaches' polls into two Jan. 1 BCS bowl games—No. 1 plays No. 4, No. 2 plays No. 3. The winners would advance to a championship game on the second Sunday in January, hosted by another BCS bowl. Here's how the season might have played out under such a system.
SEMIFINAL 1: ROSE BOWL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m.
USC (1) VS. MICHIGAN (4)
The Trojans' Wild Bunch II front four shuts down Wolverines tailback Chris Perry, and USC wideout Mike Williams catches two touchdown passes in a 35-21 victory.
SEMIFINAL 2: ORANGE BOWL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.
LSU (2) VS. OKLAHOMA (3)
Nick Saban's Tigers follow the Kansas State game plan, pressuring Jason White and forcing the Sooners to run the ball. The Tigers produce just enough offense to squeeze out a 20-14 win.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sugar Bowl, Sunday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
LSU VS. USC
After a ritual pregame smashing of a computer at midfield, the national-title game goes down to the wire. With less than a minute left, Trojans freshman Reggie Bush breaks off a spectacular 53-yard TD run to give USC a 31-24 victory and its first consensus national title in three decades.