Big 12 take: How would a playoff work?

May, 3, 2012
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Did Iowa State usher in college football's latest seismic change?

The Cyclones weren't the only factor, but they were no doubt a huge one. ISU upset Oklahoma State in a memorable Friday nighter, eventually leading to a snoozer of a title game between two identical SEC teams that had already played earlier in the season.

Now, a four-team playoff is inching closer and closer to imminence. The details between now and then, though? Anything can happen.

BCS guru Brad Edwards broke down some of the biggest questions Insider, like how teams would be selected and when the games would be played.
The Who and What may be good enough for many fans, but the road to this four-team playoff is filled with potholes for those left to negotiate the Where, When and How. Examining these questions and their possible answers shows just how much work still lies ahead for those charged with taking this playoff concept and turning it into a product that will be embraced by players, coaches, university presidents, fans and, perhaps most importantly, a TV network that will write a check big enough to make this overhaul worthwhile.

But what about perhaps the biggest question: Where will the games be played? The debate between on-campus games, neutral sites and folding in the bowls is already raging, and Edwards takes a look at all three. You'll need ESPN Insider to see it all, but you don't need it to let your voice be heard.

What do you want to see games in a four-team playoff played?

The Big 12's already found its way into the debate when BCS director Bill Hancock used Kansas State as an example of how playing big-time games on campuses could prove problematic.

"Can Manhattan, Kan., take care of 1,200 media? Where will people stay?" he said.

The hotel question is a little silly. People would just stay in nearby towns. For Manhattan, that means Kansas City or Topeka.

But during the game? Seating in the press box at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is like most college stadiums. Woefully unprepared for the crush of a BCS game. Why? Well, because BCS games have never been played on campuses before. Postgame conferences could be a problem, too. Few schools have the facilities to host that many people in one place.

Media complaining about facilities won't draw much sympathy, but for big bowls, it's obviously something to consider. There's no easy fix there.

The atmosphere would be amazing, but for national semifinals, it's hard to imagine the atmosphere not being just as good at a neutral site.

But where do you stand on the issue?

Vote in the poll.

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