The NCAA is looking to create a three-team playoff system

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by Scott Sumner, USA TODAY Sports

by Scott Sumner, USA TODAY Sports

The NFL and the NBA are both considering making changes to their playoff systems to ensure a level playing field for the most talented teams in their respective conferences. And college football is looking to implement a playoff system of its own, and, well, the NCAA has a lot of suggestions for how it might work. In short: They’re all a bit tired of seeing the Pac-12 as the clear and obvious top dog, they want to make sure there are no more embarrassing blowouts in BCS bowls and they want to create a more even playing field while keeping “neutral” sites (sorry, Clemson and Alabama) for those games that really matter.

But a few changes could change the perception that college football is a zero-sum game.

Yes, the Pac-12 is the king of the hill. But it’s not clear the Pac-12 has to maintain that distinction.

A three-team playoff seems like a natural answer to a problem the NCAA made clear it is struggling to solve: The spread and non-conference games don’t mix well and leave a few teams behind. When you have a three-way playoff, you can have a real chance of a championship. If the teams below the Pac-12 also have a chance to win the title, the conference is still the clear-cut No. 1.

“College football’s major issue continues to be the scheduling process, which creates unfair and inequitable advantage for those schools who can afford to arrange their schedules so as to guarantee their school will be in at least one BCS bowl game,” the NCAA said in a statement.

With two teams currently in the top 25, the Pac-12 isn’t the only conference that plays “catchup” in college football. The SEC is trying to keep the Big 12 and the Big Ten from dominating in major college football. The Big Ten and SEC are both trying to get some

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