How fitting would it be for the college football playoff to begin this Saturday and not in 2014?
It would give us two great matchups and would probably produce "Iron Bowl II: Saban's Revenge."
Florida State and Ohio State are in the same position Notre Dame was in last season. Both are teams who have gone undefeated, but neither are the best team in college football. The Irish found that out for themselves when they were rolled by the Tide in the Championship Game last year in Miami before they could reach the locker room at halftime. Looking at both teams schedules, and how their opponents did this year, nothing about them would jump out at you.
Alabama and Auburn can make the case that their competition is better and why despite being one loss teams, they are better than the Seminoles and Buckeyes.
Oh how a four team playoff could let both schools from the Yellowhammer State prove their worth. Auburn would play Ohio State and Alabama would face Florida State. Both SEC schools would show us that you're only the best in the game until the best beat you.
Nobody, including myself, is indicating that Alabama and Auburn would blow out their respected opponents. It would just be reiterating something we already know: The Southeastern Conference is the greatest of them all in the game. They have three teams in the top five right now, after all.
A four team playoff is going to separate contenders from pretenders starting in 2014. I have a feeling there is at least one pretender in the top four currently. Like in years past, that pretender could make it to Pasadena and give us an unwatchable game like last season.