SEC supports playoff that includes best 4 teams

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 12:25 p.m. CDT; updated 7:31 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 1, 2012

DESTIN, Fla. — College football's most dominant conference has its wish list for a playoff.

The Southeastern Conference took an official stance on a proposed four-team playoff Friday when school presidents and athletic directors voted unanimously to support having the four best teams play for the national title. The league doesn't want a playoff to include ties to conference champions.

It makes sense that the powerhouse league, which has won six consecutive Bowl Championship Series titles, would want a best-four format. That gives the SEC the greatest chance to get two teams into the tournament every year.

The league also voted to keep its current football scheduling format, known as 6-1-1. Teams will play six division teams annually, have one permanent crossover rival and one game that rotates among the other six teams.

Kansas City Star reporter Terez Paylor reported Friday that MU Athletics Director Mike Alden confirmed Arkansas will be Missouri's permanent rival.

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Richard Saunders June 1, 2012 | 12:52 p.m.

Personally, I don't see how a 4 team playoff is any better than a 2 team playoff, given how many spots any single team moves in the polls in any given week.

If you want to ensure the likelihood of getting the best 2 teams (at the time) in the championship game, you'd have to at least expand it to 8 teams. That way, there's two games to prove you deserved your selection, and that your performance isn't a fluke based on a single fortunate match-up.

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Ellis Smith June 1, 2012 | 1:45 p.m.

@ Richard Sanders:

I don't get it either, but remember that the SEC includes the state of South Carolina, where they boil peanuts and eat the slimy result and consider doing so to be a treat.

I feel confident the practice will eventually catch on at MU.

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