- Eight team playoff
- Champion of each automatic qualifying conference gets in.
- Two at large qualifiers determined by BCS Rankings. Teams from Non AQ conferences are guaranteed a spot if they finish in the top 5 of the final BCS rankings.
- Higher ranked team hosts in their home stadium in the first round
- Semifinals are at two of the sites of the Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls on a rotating basis. The two bowls not hosting that year have first choice of non-playoff teams.
- Finals rotate among the 4 BCS bowls.
This year it would look like this:
- #8 West Virginia (Big East Champ) at #1 LSU (SEC Champ)
- #5 Wisconsin (Big10 Champ) at #4 Oregon (PAC 10 Champ)
- #6 Stanford (at large) at #3 Oklahoma St (Big 12 Champ)
- #7 Clemson (ACC Champ) at #2 Alabama (at large)
Stanford would have been ranked ahead of Wisconsin but the rankings were reversed to avoid a conference rematch in Round 1.
- Rose Bowl: #4 Oregon vs #1 LSU in a rematch of the season opener
- Fiesta Bowl: #3 Oklahoma State vs #2 Alabama
The other BCS Bowls played these games:
- Sugar Bowl: Arkansas vs Boise St
- Orange Bowl: Michigan vs Kansas State
The BCS final would be:
- #1 LSU vs #3 Oklahoma State in the BCS Title game at the Superdome in New Orleans.
- LSU slipped past Oregon in a much closer game than week 1, 35-30 to get to the game.
- Oklahoma State played good enough defense to contain Trent Richardson to beat Alabama 27-17.