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Bye bye BCS: College football has a playoff!

Hallelujah! Despite the chorus of naysayers who in recent years have said a college football player could "never" happen, the powers-that-be have finally come to their senses and created a system for the 2014 season that will result in a four-team semifinal for the national title.

I've personally only ever wanted a four-team playoff. While I would have liked some guarantee that all undefeated teams get into said playoff, I can absolutely live with a selection committee. Yes, this means the Kirk Herbstreits of the world will bitch and moan that the fifth team deserves a shot, but those same guys complain that only 68 teams get into the basketball tournament. Four teams maintains the integrity of the regular season and the urgency to win every Saturday.

Of course, I'm bummed that this gets instituted after Stanford's back-to-back top-four finishes in the regular season BCS standings. But since this means I can start watching college football in January again...I'm happy.

PHOTO: Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (21) kisses the crystal football which is the BCS National Championship trophy after his team defeated the LSU Tigers at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE