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Big 12: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State favor four-team playoff

League officials will also discuss future expansion, though some like the current 10-team makeup.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 29, 2012

“Patience is a good word right now,” Holder said. “No reason to be in a hurry.” Find out the new format, “then see if it's to our advantage to think about expanding. Ten might be the right number. Not playing a championship game might be an advantage if you're trying to put a team in the (national) championship game. That should be our No. 1 priority.”

Holder said the Big 12 is well-represented on the BCS committee, with Castiglione, Texas AD DeLoss Dodds, Big 12 outgoing commissioner Chuck Neinas and Big 12 incoming commissioner Bob Bowlsby all members.

“We're speaking from a position of strength and I think a bright future,” Holder said.

Castiglione said all the proposed playoff formats and their ramifications continue to be studied.

OU doesn't “really favor one or the other, but we're leaning towards a four-team playoff that has the best chance to serve college football's best interests in the long term.

“But you can have a favorite right now, and that's all well and good, but it may not be the one selected.”

Holder said he's not in favor of the plus-one (two-team) model. “Four teams is a good start,” Holder said. “If you get started with four, I think it's probably inevitable that you'd have more than four at some point down the road. But you gotta start somewhere.”

Castiglione said keeping the bowl system intact and healthy is a priority. He also said if a four-team playoff is selected apart from the bowls, he hopes that the semifinal games could be staged similar to tradition bowl games, as a vacation-type trip for the players.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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