I may be one of the few people who really doesn't care for a playoff in college football. Not because the BCS is better (because it isn't, as seen by this year's title game), but it simply brings up a whole new set of problems. The true best team still may not become national champions, there will still be a team not selected to the playoff in favor of an at-large from a power conference, etc.
But regardless of what I think, a 4 team playoff is coming to college football.
A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.
The 12-year deal is through the 2025 season.
Still issues left to be decided or how the teams will be selected and how the revenue will be distributed. Since Pitt will be going to the ACC in 2013, there are a couple things that we should be hoping for.
Conference champion: In ranking the power 5 conferences, the ACC likely will come up in 5th. An at-large, one loss team from the SEC would likely have a tougher schedule than an unbeaten ACC champion. If left up to a selection committee, they may favor the SEC team, especially if that team is say, Alabama. Therefore, the ACC should be rooting hard for a conference championship to be almost a requirement to be selected for the playoff. It would help get an unbeaten ACC champion into the playoff as they would already be ranked at the very least in the top 5.
Unbiased selection committee: This is almost impossible, especially when it comes to college athletics. But again, going back to what I wrote above, the ACC, especially if it's a smaller fan base team such as Wake Forest or Duke (ha) winning the ACC. Pairing a small market team with a smaller fan base against an SEC power will not turn out well for the ACC every time. The ACC has to hope that the selection committee will not look at name and instead at record and the teams each potential school has beaten.
Equal revenue sharing: At least amongst the power 5 anyways. Right now, the main reasons FSU and Clemson want out of the ACC is because of the potential increase in money from the Big 12 and an easier access to the playoff (Never mind the $20 million exit fee, which FSU certainly does not have now, and the fact that they wouldn't receive full payout for 4 years). Right now, the AQ conferences receive the majority of the money from the BCS. If the same sort of payout is given in the playoff, the ACC should not have a reason to fear losing these schools.
So now I ask you. Do you like a playoff in college football? Will Pitt ever make a 4 team playoff? What else should the ACC be rooting for?