texanbob the only problem with this approach is that there will be many a deserving team left out in favor of weak conference champs. Almost every year, the no. 2 and no. 3 and sometimes no. 4 ranked teams in the big conferences are just as good if not better than some of the mid major conference champions. This will kill top tier teams in the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12. Perhaps the better approach, if you want to maintain the requirement that winning the conference gets an automatic bid is to apply that rule only to the winners of the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac 10. That establishes five seeds. This leaves 3 wildcards that can go perhaps to the 3 remaining highest ranked teams whether they be a mid major champ or a major conference power that has had a very good season but just came up a bit short in their bid for the conference title or in the alternative Notre Dame should they be ranked among the top 3 remaining teams.