We've now heard from the Big Ten, the Pac-12, the President of the United States, and the architect of the BCS that a four-team playoff plan limited to conference champs, with top semifinalists earning home advantage, is the preferred college football postseason. Let's sort of add the Big 12 to that list, and then notice who hasn't appeared yet.
Though Chuck Neinas won't be the Big 12 commissioner for much longer, he's still come out in tentative support of the plan:
"I like the idea, if you're going to take four, take four champions," Neinas said. "They're not hard to identify. The selection process is one that would concern me. The easiest is taking four conference champions."
Among power conferences and power executive branches, this leaves the SEC, the ACC, and every executive branch on earth besides the United States'. Since those branches don't matter all that much, that leaves the SEC and ACC.
The two paired up to propose a college football playoff way before it was cool among elderly academics, but were spurned by their peers. Now they're holding off on jumping in the pile praising the four-team plan, and the SEC appears to have insisted on bringing its own media consultant into the latest money thing round. It would make sense that the two most Southern (until the ACC fulfills its dream of locking up the Toronto TV market by adding St. Michael's College) conferences would hold off on favoring a system that could mean road playoff games in Michigan or Idaho, if that's what's happening here.