I think this is the worst thing that could have happened to the CFB. If you think for one moment that this is about CFB then you are sorely mistaken. This has everything to do with money and exposure. This was a scheme drawn up by Mike Slive and ESPN to line the pockets of all the SEC schools with lots of cash. Now, as a capitalist I don't have a problem with this concept, but don't tell me this is about the sport. Larry Scott is also in on this as well. How concenient is it that the two commissioners who are driving this train have had a school from their conference ranked in the top 4 over the last 5 years. Of the last 5 years (total of 20 spots) here is the breakdown:
SEC = 8 top 4 finishes
PAC 12 = 5 top 4 finishes
Big 12 = 5 top 4 finishes (when all the schools were in the big 12)
Utah (now part of the PAC 12) = 1
BSU (MWC) = 1
So, the SEC has 8, PAC 12 (including UTAH has 6. As a fan of schools in thos conferences, this new deal is great because ESPN and the media love these conferences and you are almost guaranteed one of the 4 spots. But, as a VT fan, I am very disturbed by such a move. I know that unless we move conferences and compete at a high level in that conference (essentially win the SEC) our shot at a national title is getting smaller and smaller because the reputation of the ACC (rightfully so) is this is a weak conference. So, when the selection committee has a choice to make between putting the final team(s) in with an undefeated VT team and a 1 loss SEC team, the nod will almost always to the SEC school due to strength of schedule (say a 1 loss UGA team who lost to Alabama who is in at the #1 spot).
Furthermore, how long do you think it will be before we see a 4 team SEC playoff or 3 of the teams from the SEC and 1 from either the PAC 12 / Big 12. With USC coming off probation soon, I forsee this playoff scenario shaping as the Alabama, LSU, insert other SEC team, USC or Oregon (as your top 4 teams)show each year.
I'm not sure why ND has signed off on this either except for if they become dominate again, they will almost certainly be one of the top 4 teams. Then, what happens when that happens and an SEC team gets left out for a ND or a VT (by some miracle) then the talking heads on ESPN will scream and shout and rant about how the SEC is far superior and that the system is broken and they need to expand it to 6 or 8 teams.
This does nothing to enhance the game...