The NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB all have a playoff. The 68-team bracket in college basketball is as good as it gets when it comes to the postseason. Now, for the first time ever, college football will introduce a playoff system of its own.
How will it work? Who will be among the four teams chosen to play in it? The season doesn’t start for another three months, I get it, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead.
This week, ESPN.com will preview the upcoming season in five days. Day one begins with the 16 best teams in the nation, as selected by a committee of 13 college football experts, and by Friday, we’ll find out who the favorite is to win the inaugural College Football Playoff.
It's not March Madness. It's May Madness.
And it shouldn’t come as any surprise that six of the 16 teams selected come from the SEC. After all, seven of the past eight national champions hail from the SEC, and it would’ve been eight and counting if not for a late touchdown by Florida State in January’s BCS title game.
The 2014 contenders include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M. All six teams are viable options to win it all, but all six still have their fair share of question marks heading into fall camp.
Who will emerge from the pack? Will the SEC reign supreme again? We won’t know until the fall, but we may get a glimpse into the future this week. Stay tuned.