- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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The votes are in, and according to our faithful readers, the SEC should do quite well with a four-team playoff format.
With more than 7,700 votes cast in our SportsNation poll asking how many times the SEC will send two teams to a future four-team playoff, the category of "More often than not" took home the gold, grabbing 47 percent of the vote. "Sometimes" was second with 41 precent of the vote and "Rarely" barely made an appearance, getting just 12 percent of the vote.
So the fans are certainly on board with the SEC taking full advantage of a playoff. That SEC confidence is alive and well. And you can't blame our readers for thinking this conference will have the chance to double its national championship hopes more often now.
The SEC has won six straight national championships and has had two teams ranked in the top four of the BCS standings three times (2006, 2008, 2011), so it wouldn't be unheard of for the SEC to get two teams in. Now, the BCS is all but dead, so a future selection committee will do the picking, but its not like the SEC will be forgotten.
I think it will be tough for the SEC -- or any conference -- to consistently get two teams in, especially if the committee really does want to focus on conference champions and strength of schedule. But we can't be naive and think that any committee member won't be thinking about the SEC if a team is right on the edge of getting in. Yes, the point of this format is to put more emphasis on the current season, but it might be hard to ignore the SEC's recent success.
Regardless, if the BCS presidential oversight committee makes this playoff format a true reality, everyone in college football will be a winner. And that's something few can argue about.