We got great news this evening: college football is almost definitely going to start crowing their national champion by using a four-team playoff!
The details are being fleshed out, and we are still far from what the consenus playoff system will look like, but an interesting wrinkle being reported tonight would mimic how college basketball goes about selecting the field for their playoff.
Per Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, BCS Commissioners "prefer a selection committee that picks [the] 'best four'" teams to participate in the single elimination post season.
This selection process would put a lot of weight on schools who win their conference, but that would not be a requirement to inclusion.
Basically, and this is something said fairly tongue in cheek, this means the SEC could still be allowed to have two teams as part of a college football final four.
Additionally, CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy has tweeted out that existing BCS bowl games could serve as semifinal match-ups, meaning that (for example) winners of the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl could then face off for the definitive National Championship.
Clearly, this is a story unfolding quickly, with many moving parts that still need to be settled before we truly understand what a college football playoff would look like.
Regardless, it's all very exciting stuff.