That's all it would take. Just eight teams.
College football needed a playoff. No other major sport has had such a stupid, post season champion crowning system as Division I football.
To that I say one word.....Condi.
Add to that "4 team playoff," and you have the makings of a complete disaster, a colossal screw up of NCAA proportions.
I'll make this simple.
In college basketball, there are no bowl games. March Madness is it, that's all she wrote. So fine, let teams in the tourney that have NO CHANCE OF WINNING THE WHOLE THING. That's their post-season. The NIT is the equivalent to letting teams with a 5-6 record play bowl games against FCS opponents.
College football doesn't work that way.
There are plenty of opportunities for fans of otherwise useless programs to celebrate a winning season. Go ahead...tell me that a team ranked 16th in the country is going to win a four game tourney for the national championship. Maybe #12? How about #10? Ain't happenin Otis.
Eight teams is large enough to include the programs that are legit candidates, yet small enough to limit the number of "extra" games a team would have to play to win the whole tamale.
All the other folks could sashay off to their "Clem Cadiddlehopper Who Gives a Fuck Bowl" and all would be right with the world.
And college football would potentially have the equal of the Final Four and the Super Bowl all wrapped up in one neat, seven game extravaganza.
But no, let's invite Condi Rice and four teams to completely destroy the potential of the single greatest sporting event known to the US.
We should expect nothing less of the NCAA.