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Gary Patterson's 8-team playoff would get rid of conference championship games

The semifinals would still take place on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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Plenty of important college football people already want the four-team playoff to expand to eight teams after just one year of play. TCU head coach Gary Patterson has an idea of his own, via CBS's Dennis Dodd -- one that would end conference title games.

"If you're going to an eight-team playoff, you're going to take the [conference] championship away," he said. "And they'll be OK with it because with eight teams that's going to make up [financially] for the championship game anyway."

Dodd says under Patterson's system, the quarterfinals would take place on December 5, allowing time for finals (and recruiting, as the proposed early signing period would occur in mid-December) before the semifinals on Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Quarterfinal losers would still play in bowl games.

Playoff executive director Bill Hancock has previously said there is "no intention" of expanding, but Hancock also adamantly denied any chance of a playoff back when he was in charge of the BCS.