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BOZICH | Four-team football playoff only makes you want eight-team playoff

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I miss the Bowl Championship Series as much as I miss smokers on three-hour flights.

Every year we'd move to this part of the season and quickly howl about the maddening inconsistencies of the BCS computer rankings and the possibility that an undefeated team was about to get snubbed.

Death to the BCS. Wasn't that a best-seller as well as an annual column?

Guess what?

I'm just as perturbed by this four-team playoff as I am by the two-team BCS tug of war. We're going to have as many miserable fan bases next month as we had last year. We could have more.

Nothing less than an eight-team playoff is a reasonable solution.

Take the champions of the five major conferences and add the three best at-large teams. Add one week to the schedule. One week. I'm not asking for a miracle.

Then you've got something juicy, interesting and considerably fairer than the current compromise. You'd restore value to the regular season. You'd be more likely to generate interest in every area of the country.

There's more: You'd stir those delightful “My conference is better than your conference,” debates – and carry them into the post-season. That's what drives college sports, right?

There would be anger and disappointment, but not as much anger and disappointment as we're going to encounter from this four-team deal.

The 12-person playoff committee already has a puzzling love affair with Texas Christian. They've got the Horned Frogs ranked fourth.

They've got Baylor ranked seventh.

Both teams have one defeat. Baylor lost at West Virginia by two touchdowns. Not good. But TCU lost at Baylor by three points. Baylor beat Oklahoma by more than four touchdowns. TCU beat the Sooners by four points.

Say that Baylor wins the Big 12 title, but TCU wins a spot in the four-team playoff. Hasn't the playoff committee essentially said the regular-season conference title and a head-to-head victory are a valuable as a 2009 parking pass.

If Baylor has a beef, Alabama has reason to ask for a congressional investigation. The Crimson Tide are ranked ahead of TCU in both the Associated Press writers' poll and the USA Today coaches' poll.

Hold on. I'm not finished. Four of the six computer formulas that were included in the BCS formula have continued to rank teams this season. All four indicate Alabama has better credentials than TCU.

The Crimson Tide are ranked first, fourth, third and third by those four computer formulas. The Horned Frogs are ranked fourth, sixth, eighth and eighth.

What does the committee see that nobody else sees? Strength of schedule, I guess, although TCU beat West Virginia by one and the Crimson Tide handled the Mountaineers by 10.

Currently, the committee ranked Alabama fifth, behind (in order) Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and TCU.

If you're looking for #SECBIAS, you won't find it in the playoff committee's numbers. If the season ended today, the only Big Five league that would be left out is the Big Ten.

It won't matter if Ohio State wins its final three games by 20 (Minnesota), 30 (Michigan) and 50 (Indiana), the Buckeyes are not going to overcome the mess they created by losing at home to Virginia Tech by two touchdowns.


In a four-team playoff, yes.

But the scene would be enhanced by reserving one spot for all five power leagues. Everybody joins the post-season fussing. The NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college hoops do not exclude deserving teams the way this four-team playoff will.

There's still important football to play. But in an eight-team playoff that reserved a spot for all five power leagues, here are your opening weekend games:

Ohio State at Mississippi State: Urban Meyer against his former offensive coordinator, Dan Mullen. Big Ten vs. SEC. Huge ratings winner.

Baylor at Oregon: No. 4 in scoring offense vs. No. 1 in scoring offense. First team to 80 wins. Must see TV.

Arizona State at Florida State: The Sun Devils have never been within a sniff of the national title, but this would be their chance to topple the defending champions. You'll watch – to root for or against the Seminoles and Jameis Winston.

Alabama at TCU: The Horned Frogs average 47.2 per game. The Crimson Tide give up 13.9. What time is kickoff?

They said the four-team playoff would make us forget the BCS. Instead, it's making me want an eight-team playoff as soon as possible.

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