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College football playoffs....maybe, last week there was evidence that change is coming and soon. University of Georgia president Michael Adams told the UGA athletic board he expects there to be a four or eight team playoff in place by 2014. (The BCS contract ends with ESPN after the 2013 season).

The BCS championship game between SEC teams Alabama and LSU have conference commissioners coming together on the issue. The Big Ten and Pac-12, long holdouts against a playoff...began changing their mind. The SEC, despite benefitting from the present system, has been in favor of a playoff for years.

The SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 are basically driving the discussion. The ACC and Big East are just thankful the other four are letting them stay in the BCS. After the SEC wins six straight BCS championships, the other conferences finally realize they have to create more opportunity for their teams.

It looks like some type of playoff could happen soon. Welcome your comments.

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is ESPN on board I hope? because they went from

PLAYOFFS ARE GREAT. WE NEED A PLAYOFF SYSTEM!

when Fox owned all things BCS...to

PLAYOFFS ARE BAD. THE BCS ALWAYS GETS IT RIGHT!

when ESPN owned all things BCS

fortunately the lemmings havent paid as much attention to ESPN on that topic and we might actually get a playoff system soon.
but please more than 4 teams. at least 6 teams if not 8.
 

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Sdf, I think there is a lean for an 8-team playoff. The Georgia and Arizona State presidents have publicly discussed an 8-team deal. Add to that, rumor has it that Big 12 commish Larry Scott is working on an 8-team plan to present to other BCS commissioners. Money of course allways comes into play and more could be made from an 8-team playoff.

Looking back at the 2011 season....how about these matchups for an 8-team playoff.

No. 1 LSU vs No. 8 Kansas State
No. 4 Stanford vs No. 5 Oregon
No. 3 Oklahoma St. vs No. 6 Arkansas
No. 2 Alabama vs No. 7 Boise State

I believe that scenario would create some interest....big time.
 

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8 is fine with me. They may wish to run that number up some after they get a feel for a playoff system. 12 or 16 spots with some prelims to qualify teams for the "elite 8" as an example for expansion down the road. One thing you can bank on is if it is Larry Scott's brainchild, everyone will benefit with major bucks compared to the present system. No excuses. Let's get this over with.
 

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This is great news, and it seems inevitable. I'm all for blowing up the current system.

Play the round of 16 the week after the Conference Championships. Then use the 4 BCS Bowls for the QF's. Add two semi's that rotate amongst those 4 sites.

Even if there were an 8 team playoff, the BCS Conf. title games would effectivly become playoff games. That would create that much more fan interest and excitement.

It's not about whether a team is worthy of playing for the title or not, it's about creating new revenue for the schools. Most states are broke and are cutting back on what they give to colleges each year. If they do it right, this will create a huge new revenue stream.
 

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