College Football: 4-Team Playoff Positive for Big East and ACC

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IJune 28, 2012

Last week, I talked about the negative impact a playoff could potentially have on the Big East and ACC. Since then, the four-team playoff plan has been announced, and it honestly turned out to be much more positive for both conferences.

Big East interim commissioner Joe Baily told ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson:

This gives every team in every conference an equal opportunity to compete for the national championship. And in terms of the other bowl games, while there's plenty of things to be decided upon, we're pretty confident based on the recent performance of our programs we'll be participants in a number of high-level bowl games. The bottom line is the Big East will be well represented in a lot of the bowl games, and certainly in the top four.

While the last time the Big East played for a national title was 2001 with Miami, there is still hope thanks to the decision to go with a selection committee.

The hope is that conference championship titles, non-conference play and quality wins would be considered by a good mix of people on the selection committee.

Had a championship system been implemented, both the Big East and ACC would have been left out in favor of the four powerhouse conferences, per Forbes.com. The SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten would have had the automatic qualification with their conference champions.

However, with the committee system, the Big East and ACC have much better odds to be selected. The ACC is especially happy with the way the four-team playoff turned out, as Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech are all in good position to make the playoff in the future.

The small print and finer details could still make the whole situation messy, but for right now, the playoff system isn't too bad.

"I'm not going into this with negative concern," USF head coach Skip Holtz told ESPN.com.

Neither should the Big East or ACC.

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