That is what the University Presidents and College Conference Commissioners have done to the promise of a College Football Playoff.
I tell you what, when the possibility of a college football playoff started to become a reality about a month ago, I was more excited than anyone. Even though they decided that a four team playoff was the better route than an eight or a sixteen team playoff (which I preferred more), anything is better than the BCS system, which is more corrupt than Enron ever was.
However, of course the Big conferences have to turn it into a complete pissing match. Since in this scenario there are only four teams involved, everyone wants to make sure that they get their share of the pie i.e lots and lots of money. So the SEC and the Big 12, being the two best conferences in football by far, want the four best teams regardless of conference affiliation. When the Big 10 and Pac whatever found out about this, they whined about it not being fair and that only teams who are conference champions should be allowed to be in the four team playoff.
I can see pros and cons of either scenario, but the main problem is that to limit the number of teams to four is completely stupid anyways. However, why should I expect anything else from these money grubbing idiots? In my opinion, go to 16 teams, use the current bcs formula to rank the teams 1-16 ( look the formula is ridiculously hard to understand but at the end of the season it seems to pass the eye test pretty well, plus it is a good mix of human and computer) but put back the strength of schedule in the formula so that maybe we will get a good out of conference game every once in a while. Done….perfect system! Yes people will complain (just like they do after the 68 basketball team tournament field is announced), but if you can’t make it to the top 16, you don’t have much to gripe about. That 5th team might though.