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Composing Playoff Contest

A composing playoff is a contest with 3 rounds (sometimes more depending on how many people enter on the first round). The first round anyone can enter their pieces in. When at least 5 people enter the contest, a few members (selected by me) will judge the top 3 winners. In the 2nd round, the top 3 will then compose another piece for the round. Then the same judges will judge the top 2. Then in the 3rd round (the final round), the last 2 winning contestants will compose yet another piece. Then the judges will judge the 1 winner of the round. The judges will vote on the reward for the winner.

Troubleshooting sax reed positioning

I need some help solving a problem I have with my bari sax. Sometimes it plays just fine, sometimes it takes a LOT of air to get it to make a sound. I've deduced that my reed is the cause of the problem, predictably, but I'm not sure how.

Today, for example, it was playing perfectly for roughly the hour I was practicing. Then I started to hear my spit buzzing in the instrument, so I took off the reed, wiped off the excess spit, wet it again for good measure, and put it back on. Now, no matter how I move or readjust the reed, it just won't make a noise unless I put a great deal of air through the instrument. I have adjusted the position and tightness of the ligature, the position of the reed, and my embouchure, but nothing is fixing it. Any suggestions on what the problem could be?

Thanks!