Originally Posted by alnorth
and if no one blinks in that case, the playoff doesn't happen, and we just have an extension of the BCS with some minor revisions.
I personally think, if true, it is just a bluff from the Big 12 because the money is just too good, but the 4 conferences do each have veto power if they hate money and are stupid enough to use it.
The Big 12 would be playing with fire. Slive, Delaney, and Scott could easily tell Bowelsby to **** off and include the ACC instead. Suddenly, full membership might seem like a pretty good deal to the Irish.
A four team playoff without the Big 12 still beats the BCS.
I think you'll see something like the two highest ranked conference champions get auto bids with the two highest remaining also getting in. (Maybe 3-1 instead of 2-2, but it's not going to be four auto bids.)