I proposed the following format last year:
The selection committee should consist of the most particularly well-informed posters to DBR, as chosen by the DBR's moderators. [2012 edit: Except for Throaty, who doesn't like anything.] Mods will be allowed to choose themselves, of course.
In years when this new selection committee decides Duke is the best team in the country, or would have been the best team in the country were it not for (a) an injury to a major Duke player (b) one or more statistically unlikely good performances by an opponent in a Duke road or neutral site game (c) one or more close wins by other good teams that "should" have resulted in losses or (d) another team that is about as good as Duke but whose coach in the Committee's view is morally reprehensible, the committee has the right to cancel the tournament and award the national championship to Duke. Which would have happened every year since 1997, except perhaps in 2007. Which is kind of the point.
Sometimes I mistake this for a universe that cares. -- xkcd #625