If there were four 16-team conferences, they could have an “A” division and a “B” division and pro-rel between them.
Problem with pro/rel in college is that the teams can change significantly from year to year. Not like euro soccer teams.
Also, if a top team had to play the top teams in their conference, there might be a bunch of 5-2 division records. The current system (the money) relies on the same 40 or so teams having 8-3 records or better.
Or, how about a triple-elimination tournament? I mean, if we want every game to count, and currently for any team in the top 25, they do, we could do it this way. Teams who lose three games just keep playing each other in the Loserest bracket. There might be two teams with 0-10 records playing each other on the last week.
Not sure how many games one could play in a triple-elimination tournament. Got to be a formula, eh?