College Football Playoffs: Big Ten, Pac-12 Presidents Not Sold, Says Nebraska's

Hooray, college football playoffs! College football's getting a playoff! The commissioners said they're gonna figure out which four-team deal we're getting, and all that's left to do is bang out some details, and the biggest controversies for now will be whether to play the things on campus sites and whether to let only conference champs play, and WAIT WHAT:

"It is clear the presidents will still make the final decision," Nebraska president Harvey Perlman told ESPN.com "We've had some informal meetings, the Big Ten presidents and the Pac-12 presidents, and I think we're largely aligned in thinking a plus-one with a different ranking after the bowl games to select No. 1 and 2 would be acceptable. Our second choice would probably be a four-team playoff inside the bowls. Our highest priority is to preserve the status of the Rose Bowl and our connection to it."

That's odd, because Pac-12 presidents are publicly pro-playoff:

Leaders of the Pac-12 Conference agreed in principle Saturday to try to end college football's Bowl Championship Series, proposing its replacement with a playoff system that would allow only conference winners to play for college football's national title.

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[Arizona State president Michael] Crow had gone into the meeting pushing for an eight-team playoff that would leave the best teams out of the Fiesta Bowl and other BCS games. But [Oregon State president Edward] Ray said it would be easier to have a four-team playoff in the near future, though the Oregon State president didn't rule out a larger playoff pool down the line.

Guys, I really like the Rose Bowl. But I'm really, really starting to kind of hate it a little bit. It's a great game. The greatest game. But if we have to hear one more time about it unsettling our chances of getting a playoff, my head is going to fall off.

Nebraska blog Corn Nation seems to think this is no big deal, with the anti-playoff Perlman having a record of similar statements. However, let's try to come to an accord here.

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