Today in "SEC people standing against the four-team playoff notion popular among non-SEC conferences", we have Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. The plan calls for four conference champions to make up the tournament field, with home field advantage going to the top semifinalists. The SEC is the only conference to sort of come out against the idea, with commissioner Mike Slive expressing concern about travel and so forth.
Saban, from a conversation with Outkick The Coverage:
"I don't think there's a parity in college football like there is in the NFL, where you can make a statement like that. No disrespect to any conference, but there are conferences that are in the BCS that if they played in the SEC their champion may be in fourth or fifth place. So because there's not a parity, I don't think it's fair to make a statement like that."
He's right about the disparity in conference strength, but limiting the field to four would usually ensure only reasonably deserving teams make it in, and not usually at the expense of a team that absolutely must be involved. You'd usually have seen champions from the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, or ACC, with the odd Mountain West or Big East (dead last!) team in there. That's plenty of conferences to make up a four-team field.
But having only the four best teams is kind of neat too. What do you think?
It's clear this is going to be the big issue to be hammered out over the next few months as the BCS contract winds down. The SEC and Big Ten has each insisted on a different media consultant for upcoming postseason TV dealings.
The plan would've prevented Saban's team from playing for the national title this past season. It would also rule out what we're assuming has to be Slive's ultimate dream: taking up all four spots in an eventual two-round playoff.