Claremore Daily Progress

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June 26, 2012

COLUMN: Meet the new plan, same as the old plan

NORMAN — I can see it now. One-loss Oklahoma, one-loss Texas, one-loss West Virginia, one-loss LSU and unbeaten Alabama will find themselves staring at four BCS playoff positions.

The Tide need not worry.

LSU, probably, need not worry, for the Tigers only loss will have been to Alabama, leaving the Sooners, Longhorns and Mountaineers all believing in their case not to be the one-loss Big 12 team left out of the national championship picture.

Never mind that the Big 10, Pac-10 and the ACC will not understand why their two-loss conference champion is on the outside looking in. Never mind that so many who seemed just fine with the idea that a conference title need not be required to be one of college football’s final four will now be spitting mad at just such a prospect.

Because that’s what’s going to happen, or something like it, if the BCS’ presidential oversight committee signs off on the playoff plan the BCS commissioners are expected to formally present in Washington today.

The believed plan is a four-team seeded playoff that will incorporate two bowl games each season as national semifinals.

In the working example, pretend Texas topped OU and West Virginia topped Texas and OU topped West Virginia.

Pretend the Sooners, by accident of fate, because one never knows how good non-conference opponents will turn out to be the day such foes are placed on the schedule, simply don’t measure up in the strength-of-schedule equation, are thus penalized for it and are left to play in that SEC-Big 12 game the conferences announced a few weeks ago.

Bob Stoops will say he’s excited to play Georgia in just such a game (or, egads, Missouri or Texas A&M) but the Sooner Nation doesn’t give a hoot about the Bulldogs and will miss the one thing that might make it worth while, a bowl experience at a popular destination — like San Diego or San Antonio — but are left instead to play at Jerry’s World (because Jerry Jones outbid everybody else for the game), in Dallas, where they’ve all been before, where the world’s biggest video screen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be the second or third time around (or worse, in Atlanta, which is so far away and nobody cares to visit).

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