With all of the talk surrounding the arrival of the super conferences, I thought of an idea of how to revolutionize the way that conference championship games and have the B1G lead college football into the next era. Not sure if this idea has been mentioned before but here's my proposal:
16 Team Conference (whoever the next 2 may be)
4 Divisions with 4 Teams Each. Each team would play the other 3 teams in their division, this leaves 5 games. With the remaining 5 games they could have a protected matchup in each of the other 3 divisions and 2 games that rotate every year or every other year. Notice that this is an 8 game schedule while the assumption is the B1G moving to a 9 game schedule. Instead of adding a 9th game to the schedule, the 4 division winnners would play in a 4 team seeded tournament, round 1 would be the 9th conference game and then we would have the conference championship. To be fair, the non-division winners could also have a 9th game that they could determine in some manner and play the week of or the week before round 1 of the conference playoff.
Now imagine 4, 16 team superconferences each having a 4 team playoff to determine their conference championship, followed by the 4 winners playing in the National Championship tournament. We now have solved the question of implementing a 16 team playoff!
Of course this solution excludes about half of the teams from ever being eligible for the tournament, so we could still have the "panel" determine the 4 national semifinalists, but excluding that part, how cool would it be to have a 4 team playoff to determine the B1G championship?