Chuck Neinas calls for plus-one playoff

Updated: December 5, 2011, 1:42 AM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said Sunday night that a model allowing the top four teams of college football to meet in the postseason should be revisited.

"The plus-one model has received consideration before," Neinas said. "As a result of this year, I feel that consideration should become more serious as we move forward."

Oklahoma State finished a close third to Alabama in the final BCS standings and will play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl instead of the Allstate BCS National Championship.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy believes his team, after a rout of Oklahoma, deserves a chance to play for the title.

Oklahoma State won its conference while Alabama did not. And the Crimson Tide has already lost to LSU this season.

In the past, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford have supported a plus-one system.

It was rebuked by the other conferences, but now Dan Beebe is no longer Big 12 commissioner and Tom Hanson has been replaced in the Pac-12 by Larry Scott, who has proven to be forward-thinking.

In a seeded, plus-one system for this season, LSU would have faced Stanford and Alabama would have faced Oklahoma State, with the winners playing for the title.

In that scenario, the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions, Wisconsin and Oregon, would still play in the Rose Bowl.

In the past, the Big Ten and Pac-12s preference to preserve the rivalry of its champions meeting when at all possible has been an obstacle for the concept of an expanded postseason format.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.

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