A championship tournament for any sport needs to be as encompassing as is possible. There needs to be an equitable means to facilitate the participation of all eligible teams, regardless as to conference or league affiliation. There also needs to be a sensible way to execute and reach an end to the selection process, a final conclusion based on results.
At some point the process will produce a single winning team, a National Champion based on performance against others vying for the same outcome. At the end of this process we should be able to say we have a true champion, not an elected poster child of a system that reeks of corruption.
There are several models that have been discussed when it comes to the form this selection process should take, and some are of greater merit than others. My view is that all conferences in the CFUD need to be represented, as does there need to be provision for wild card or at large teams to be selected as well.
Given the number of conferences and the desire to offer the best representation of worthy teams to compete in this process there is need of at least 16 slots for participation in the tournament. Any fewer teams either creates a mathematical issue or a concern of not allowing worthy teams the opportunity to participate. Any more teams than 16 would cause too long of a process in the limited amount of time available to college teams.
The field of competitors should consist of 16 teams. All conferences represented, currently 11, 1 independent representative, and 4 at large teams to round out the field. Each CFUD conference will be allowed to select their representing team, preferably the conference champion, but not a requirement. The highest CFUD ranked independent which accepts the invitation to participate in the tournament will be seeded as a conference champion. The four at large teams may be selected from any eligible conference, provided they meet additional qualification.
The 16 teams will be separated into two 8 team regions, east and west, and teams will be seeded in each of the two regions. Seeding will be based on CFUD ranking at the end of the regular football season. The CFUD Tournament would begin it’s process of determining a national champion based on head to head competition, and the results of those games. The participants of the CFUD National Championship Game would be the winning teams from the east regional pool and the west regional pool. CFUD1 will have a true National Champion.