Trojans poised for playoff run

LOS ANGELES -- This week or not long after, USC president Max Nikias and his fellow members of the BCS presidential oversight committee will most likely approve a seeded four-team playoff model, replacing the current BCS system.

If the vote goes positive from the 12-man committee in Washington on Tuesday, history will be made at the highest level of college football competition, and the ramifications will filter down through the hallways of Heritage Hall and the new John McKay Center.

Naturally, anything could happen when the BCS POC gets together, but the overall impression after the BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick recommended a seeded four-team playoff model was that it would likely be approved.

The Pac-12 and the Big Ten, looking to protect the Rose Bowl tradition, were hoping that the plus-one model would be the choice, but that appears unlikely. Quite frankly, we're happy to hear it. We have already commented that we think a national playoff is of greater importance because we think that New Year's Day in Pasadena will not be that greatly affected when all is said and done.