Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gear up for Nov. 3 college football fans

Before the month of June is complete, we should know the specifics of the format for the much-discussed creation of a college football playoff.

Most predict it will be a four-team format, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed, and 2 playing 3, with the winners advancing to the national championship game.

Whatever decision is made for the playoff, it won't be implemented until the 2014 season. Why wait?
Nov. 3 of this season is shaping up as the day of the year in college football.

Preseason polls will shortly be popping up everywhere and the consensus top four in the nation, in no order, seems to be Alabama, LSU, USC and Oregon.

As fate would have it, those four teams will face off on Nov. 3, which seems only fitting. November is the money month for teams with hopes of winning a national championship.

On that day, Alabama plays at LSU with an 8 p.m. start time on CBS, and Oregon visits Heisman favorite Matt Barkley and USC. A start time hasn't been determined, but expect ABC/ESPN to make that a prime time game.

That might be the only drawback of two marquee games on the same day, but for those who can't wait until 2014 for a playoff in college football, Nov. 3 might be as close as we get until then.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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