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Did someone mention ‘playoff'?
No they didn't, especially not anyone from the BCS, who have to know by now their system is a failure

By John Helsley Modified: December 3, 2007 at 4:13 pm •  Published: December 1, 2007
Quick question, and don't make us show up with a long needle dripping with truth serum:

How many of you firmly believe Missouri could maneuver through an eight-team (or more) playoff to the national championship?

Feel better about West Virginia? Georgia? Ohio State? Oklahoma?

Scratch that last one, on the basis of unchained bias.

Old question: Isn't it past time for a playoff?

The No. 1 team in the nation – this week that's Mizzou – is so firm a frontrunner Vegas installed the Tigers as a 3-point 'dog against the Sooners tonight. On a neutral field.

That's not a knock on Mizzou as much as it is on a system that no longer provides us with bonafide title contenders.

Now we've got five or six or sixteen squads looking an awful lot alike in the chase for the crystal ball.

And a simple pairing of two won't do.

The BCS is busted. And there is no fix, although those in charge of the system keep tweaking to try and mask its many flaws.

And we – that's you, at least the majority of you, and me – want a playoff.

And we're the reason the games are played.

So give us what we want, already.

And stop with the tired excuses; loyalty to the bowls (they can be included) and the drain on student-athletes (see Divisions I-AA, Divisions II and III and NAIA).

To our chagrin, the folks who run the BCS resist our pleas.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive, the BCS coordinator, stood by the failing system this week when asked if this season suggests a playoff may be needed.

Slive recited an old refrain: "There's a playoff every weekend.”

Except there's not.

Missouri and West Virginia each hold losses, yet are Nos.

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