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College football: New playoff system will always raise questions

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said: “You know, there's pros and cons. Some people say, ‘what about the fifth team?' If you go to an eight-team (playoff), it's always gonna be what about the ninth team?”
By RJ Young, Staff Writer, ryoung@opubco.com Published: June 25, 2012
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/articleid/3687559/1/pictures/1758983">Photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / BENEFIT: OU football coach Bob Stoops stands in front of one of his former players, Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy as OU quarterback. The duo were gathering for a group picture of celebrity golfers before getting in their carts to play in the Scott Verplank Golf Invitational, a charity golf tournament at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond on  Monday.  June 25, 2012.  Bradford plays for the St. Louis Rams.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / BENEFIT: OU football coach Bob Stoops stands in front of one of his former players, Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy as OU quarterback. The duo were gathering for a group picture of celebrity golfers before getting in their carts to play in the Scott Verplank Golf Invitational, a charity golf tournament at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond on Monday. June 25, 2012. Bradford plays for the St. Louis Rams. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“I think the four-team gives everybody in the country an opportunity to be there in the end, and then play it off. I think the fans and the players, who we should concern ourselves about most, want to play it off.”

North Carolina's Larry Fedora also supports a four-team playoff, though he said he didn't see a lot wrong with the BCS. But it's not the playoff that has his attention as much as how those four teams might find their way to a championship semifinal game.

“I'm more interested in seeing now how they're going to select the four teams, so you have an idea of what it takes to get in,” the former Oklahoma State assistant coach said.

No matter how those teams are selected, the prevailing truth is those teams will have to win games to have a chance to prove they belong in a championship semifinal. Last season, none of the top-four teams in the AP rankings finished with more than two losses.

A big change might be imminent for FBS football, and Fedora said he doesn't think that's necessarily a bad thing.

“I think it will be a great thing for college football,” Fedora said.


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