Football Playoff Will Spell Death for Polls

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There's lots to be decided before college football's first final four. Starting with the fact that a playoff will not have the words "final" or "four" in it. Something about upsetting the NCAA and its trademarked-to-the-teeth, lawyered-up grip on those otherwise publicly accessible words.


The commissioners are still busy naming their new toy, but one element is becoming clear: the polls are in danger. Their relevance to be diminished by a selection committee that will have its own members, stats, numbers -- and agenda.


The goal is to be transparent but let's be honest. The NCAA basketball committee -- the best comparison to its playoff counterpart -- has yet to let a media member into the room to see how the bracket sausage is made. BCS executive...

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