College Football Playoff Battle Hopefully Settled By June 26

At Big 12 meetings on Friday, outgoing boss Chuck Neinas said he hopes conferences can "come to a conclusion" about college football's four-team playoff plan by June 26, just a few days later than the mark we'd heard earlier in the process.

Either way, the day of reckoning is nigh and battle lines are clear. The SEC and Big 12 want the top four teams in the playoff. The Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and Big East want conference champs only. The former says it "won't compromise" on the issue.

There are relatively minor contentions as well, all of which will still be important. Some Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC entities have called for a selection committee, while the Big East wants strictly rankings-based entry. The Big Ten has given up on its proposal for games to be played at campus sites, meaning bowls for semifinals and bid-out title games is the likely move.

And, yes, it will be a four-team deal. Larry Scott's plus-one remark essentially amounted to a slip brought on by Rose Bowl East excitement.

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