The original target date for a taste of college football playoff debate payoff was June 20, followed by June 26. Now, according to the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls, it might be more like September, as conferences will only have a few hours on June 26 to present their plans to school presidents, some of whom are anti-playoff to begin with.
This means it's time for some plus-one talk again, though I'd love to see which presidents will be brave enough to join Nebraska's Harvey Perlman in calling for anything less than a four-team format.
I'm told by an industry source that the Pac-12 and Big Ten feel that the SEC and Big 12 may be trying to "railroad through" a four-team tournament, when the former two conferences are advocating a plus-one idea after the existing bowl games. "This thing is very fluid," he said. "These men are looking at this as their legacy."
I've been accused of being a SEC homer for saying this, but it's really more of a playoff homer thing: any conferences clinging to a plus-one proposal appear to be attempting some rhetorical flanking and political posturing, rather than arguing for the best postseason plan.