Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 4/5/12
NCAA football playoff proposals are like noses. Everybody’s got one. But with an actual honest-to-goodness 4-team playoff starting to take form (check out CBSSports’s Brett McMurphy’s article fleshed out last week), some serious problems have also emerged. First of all, if conference champs are given automatic bids, which conferences’ champs qualify? AQ status is disappearing as we know it, but surely a highly-ranked MAC champ (hey, it could happen) is not going to be given precedence over a Pac-12 champ. Secondly, even if automatic bids are given to the five major conferences (sorry Big East), there still aren’t enough seats at a 4-team playoff table for everyone. Would a conference (like the ACC or Big Ten, which both have had poor track records the last six years) sign on to a system that shuts them out? My proposal addresses a few key dilemmas but also lines up pretty closely with the survey that McMurphy did of conference commissioners. The power players must maintain powe...
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