One way to avoid some controversy would be only allowing conference champions to make the playoffs. Sure, not always the best teams win the championship game, but a team SHOULD HAVE TO WIN THEIR CONFERENCE to make the playoffs. That's why I think the first step towards a successful playoffs would be for every conference to have a championship game. Ideally, I'd like a scenario like.. remove the sunbelt, merge available teams into the 10 other conferences. Have a 10 team playoff, only conference champions, award bye weeks and homefield based on polls. This way out of conference games would still have an important impact on the season.