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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
More on the Big 12 and playoff debate

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Hope you all enjoyed our package on a college football playoff's effect on each conference this week. Here's what I had to say on the way the Big 12 would be affected.

That's not all we had to say.

Colleague Mark Schlabach broke down where the talks currently stand, and what could come about at next week's meetings.
Many of the details regarding a playoff are still unsettled. The commissioners must decide: (1) How the four teams will be selected (whether it's the top four teams, regardless of whether they won their conference championships, or three conference champions and a wild card); (2) Whether revised BCS standings will be used to select the four teams or a human committee similar to the one used to determine the seeding and at-large bids for the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and (3) Whether the national semifinal games will be played within the existing BCS bowl structure or outside of them. (There seems to be a consensus that the BCS National Championship Game will be offered to the highest bidding city.)

Want some historical perspective? Colleague Ivan Maisel is your man, who walks you through the steps that have led to this most recent talk of a move to a playoff.
On the weekend that the 1967 season began, [former Michigan State coach Duffy] Daugherty wrote a column for Family Weekly, a Sunday newspaper supplement, entitled "Let's Have a College Football Playoff!" He wanted an eight-team playoff with the opening round at campus sites.

"Nobody who loves football wants to jeopardize such an important tradition as year-end bowl games," Daugherty wrote. "But bowl games don't determine the nation's best teams and were never intended to do that."

Daugherty received the support of the American Football Coaches Association, which asked the NCAA to study the topic. The NCAA created a special committee in 1968 for that purpose but shut it down the following year before it could report its findings.

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