BCS Announces Agreement on 4-Team College Football Playoff

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 20, 2012

In hopes of reconstructing college football's postseason model, the 11 BCS commissioners headed into their meeting on Wednesday in Chicago.

By the time the meeting was through, all 11 BCS commissioners had agreed on a four-team playoff system.

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com tweeted on Wednesday:

BCS has achieved consensus on 4-team seeded playoff

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) June 20, 2012


Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany reportedly wouldn't reveal how the seeds would be determined, but he did say the presidents' committee, which includes 12 university presidents, would ultimately decide on the model.

When the committee is through deciding, the top four seeds in the playoffs will either be the top-ranked teams in the country, regardless of conference, or there will only be one team allowed per conference. Under the latter model, Alabama wouldn't have made the title game last season.

It must be said that McMurphy quoted SEC commissioner Mike Slive as saying he was "delighted" and "very pleased" about the decision on Wednesday. Slive has been adamant that he wants the top four teams selected regardless of whether they win their conference championships.

There's something to be said about that.

Alabama defeated SEC rival LSU, 21-0, in the BCS Championship Game last season. The Crimson Tide were included in the title game despite losing the conference to the Tigers. There may have been a completely different outcome for LSU if Alabama was omitted.

Many viewed the restructuring to a playoff model as a response to the SEC's dominance through the years. Teams like Boise State would have virtually no shot at making the title game—even with an undefeated record—because they played a weaker strength of schedule.

On the other hand, there's the argument that strength of schedule should be a determinant in who makes the championship game. After all, going undefeated against lesser competition isn't the same as going undefeated in the big and bad SEC.

One thing for sure is we have come this much closer to discovering what college football has in store for us moving forward.


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