I know, I know, it’s Stewart Mandel, but still, he stumbles onto a key point with this observation:
… Much of the angst directed toward the BCS is not about the format as much as the selection process, which puts teams’ fates in the hands of sportswriters, coaches and computers. While no postseason format will ever be controversy-free, the proposed “plus-one” — a four-team playoff using the bowls as semifinals — would widen the pool of contenders without devaluing the regular season.
However, at the BCS meetings in Hollywood, Fla., last spring, several conference commissioners expressed their reservation that a plus-one would be the first step down an inevitable path toward an eight- or, eventually, 16-team playoff. And that’s when the college regular season as we know it goes kaput.
Which leads me to this question: why are those of you who are playoff proponents so much more sanguine about the prospects for avoiding an expanded postseason than are the conference commissioners – you know, the ones who will actually be making the decisions? What do you guys know that they don’t?