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03:52 PM ET 04.26 | College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock is plenty excited about the new College Football Playoff after being not so excited about a playoff for approximately forever. He's so excited about the new playoff format that he stated that it won't be changed at all for the next dozen or so seasons. Hancock maintained as early as Monday night that a four-team playoff is the ideal for maintaining the best matchups and rewarding a true champion. This seems to contradict earlier statements made by Hancock in a radio interview he did a few years ago, saying that there would be no perfect size to a college football playoff.

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April 26, 2013  04:12 PM ET

No perfect size off the rack? That's what tailors are for, Bill.

April 26, 2013  05:52 PM ET

I hope everyone will give the new system a chance before launching into ways to make it better. It's too late for Stewart Mandel, but can the rest of us show some restraint?

April 27, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I hope everyone will give the new system a chance before launching into ways to make it better. It's too late for Stewart Mandel, but can the rest of us show some restraint?

Agreed. I would prefer 8 over 4, but I like 4 a hell of a lot better than what we had. Let's give it a chance for a few years and see how it works. I think the most interesting thing to watch will be the criteria used to pick people for the selection committee.

April 27, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think the most interesting thing to watch will be the criteria used to pick people for the selection committee.

Definitely. That and the criteria for selecting the teams will be interesting to watch. Some think the argument on conference champ vs not winning the conference will be the main issue. I don't. I think the big stumbling blocks will be two different issues. One will be 8 vs 9 conference games. The other sticky point will be the quality/location of OOC opponents/games. JMO

April 27, 2013  12:14 PM ET

Petition now for my inclusion on the committee as representative of the average CFB fan. Having attained sports fan enlightenment, I can be counted on to be fair and impartial. I will do my homework and make studious, well-advised decisions. I have the heart for this duty.

April 27, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Petition now for my inclusion on the committee as representative of the average CFB fan. Having attained sports fan enlightenment, I can be counted on to be fair and impartial. I will do my homework and make studious, well-advised decisions. I have the heart for this duty.

I will sign your petition.

April 27, 2013  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Petition now for my inclusion on the committee as representative of the average CFB fan. Having attained sports fan enlightenment, I can be counted on to be fair and impartial. I will do my homework and make studious, well-advised decisions. I have the heart for this duty.

I'll sign it.

April 27, 2013  05:36 PM ET

Seriously? The guy who held steadfast against a playoff and totally, unapologetic-ally in favor of the BCS for so long is no in charge of the playoff? Of course he wants to limit it to 4 teams - and he'd prefer at least two from the SEC, if not three. Yep - 3 from the SEC and Notre Dame. Perfect!

This guy is an ****. Whoever put him in charge was either paid off by the networks or is just plain old stupid.

Seriously? This is like Congress appointing Wayne LaPierre to manage and promote gun control legislation.

 
April 29, 2013  08:37 AM ET

I think 4 teams is perfect depending on the selection criteria. Keep it simple.

1) Limit it to teams from the Top 6 post season eligible teams in the polls. (When was the last time a team rated 7 or lower had a legit argument for the National Title.)
2) Give the Top 2 automatic bids. (When would they NOT deserve to be in the playoff?)
3) Now pick 2 from the remaining 4 based on a set of criteria such as head to head games, common opponents, Top 25 competition, etc.

This should encourage teams to schedule better OOC games during the season. That way us fans should have better games thru-out the season

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