SEC says it wants four best teams in playoff

Michael Geissler

The Southeastern Conference officially stated it wants the four highest-rated teams in the NCAA's four-team football playoff, according to

The conference, which has won the last six BCS national championships, said it does not want automatic qualifiers for large conferences. Instead, it is pushing for the four top-rated teams in the country to play for the championship at the end of the regular season. The system currently in place gives the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Big East, Pac 12 and SEC automatic bids for BCS bowls.

"If we're going to go to a four-team playoff, which I anticipate we are, it needs to be, and the fans would expect us to provide, the best four teams in the country," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.

The SEC said it wants a system in which two of the current BCS bowls will act as semifinals, with the championship rotating locations like the Super Bowl. This opinion differs from conferences such as the Big Ten and Big East, which have asked for a system that includes conference champions automatically.

"Everybody every now and then has to give a little to make something work," University of Georgia president Michael Adams said. "You've got to quit thinking, in my opinion, how the world has been. You have to start thinking about the fact that this is a new day with a new set of rules."

According to CBS Sports, conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick will meet June 26 in Washington D.C. to discuss the options of the four-team playoff. 

Even if a plan is approved this summer, it would not begin until after the 2014 season, according to