Over the past two seasons, I have begged -- pleaded even -- for college football to implement a four- or six- or eight-team playoff system to truly determine college football's best team.
In 2010, Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State remained unbeaten through Week 13.
TCU topped fifth-ranked Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, leaving people wondering if the Horned Frogs deserved a shot at a National Championship.
Things were equally frustrating last season, with West Virginia (9-3) beating Clemson (10-3) in the Orange Bowl while Boise State (11-1) and Houston (12-1) toppled their opponents in the MAACO Bowl and TicketCity Bowl, respectively.
While college basketball mid-major darlings Butler and Virginia Commonwealth have made deep runs in March Madness, capturing the hearts of millions of hoops fans, college football has lagged behind without a playoff system to fairly determine which unbeaten team is the best of them all.
The system was clearly flawed. And finally, after hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of sports writers and fans begged the NCAA to make a change, a change has finally been made.
Yesterday, the NCAA announced plans to implement a four-team playoff system starting in 2014. Exactly how it will play out remains to be seen. But the move is a big step forward in the progression of college football.
"The access for conferences throughout the FBS is going to be better
in this system than the current system. That's an important
part of this. But you have to play your way in. That's a plus," said ACC commissioner John Swofford.