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I am the college footbal czar

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Joe Biddle

Now that we have an ebola czar, I hereby humbly declare myself college football czar.

With all respect to NCAA's Grand Pooh-bah Bill Hancock and the 13 voters who will whittle this year's inaugural championship playoff to four teams, I declare it is grossly unfair to limit the field to four teams.

I have a novel idea of how we can decide the eight teams to battle it out for the national championship.

I would pick four teams from the SEC West. Will anyone disagree that the SEC West is the most powerful power conference division?

In this week's Associated Press college football poll, you have Mississippi State No. 1, Ole Miss No. 3. Both of them are undefeated, but will meet each other in the Egg Bowl at the end of the season.

Alabama is 6-1 and obviously on a mission. The Tide is currently ranked No. 4 by AP voters. Auburn is 5-1 and ranked No. 5.

Alabama and Auburn will meet in the Iron Bowl, also held at the final regular season game of the year. I'm not sure it can beat last year's game, especially for drama and excitement.

It is the first time in history that the SEC has had four teams in the top five.

I would allow the NCAA committee to pick four opponents, any four teams from any conference to take on my Fearsome Foursome.

Forget the records that my four teams wind up with. As you can see they spend most of the regular season beating up on each other.

So bring on Florida State, Oregon, Notre Dame and Michigan State. There are only three losses among the four teams, and one of them happened last week when Florida State escaped when Notre Dame was knocking on the door and had an apparent touchdown called back on an offensive interference call.

That would give us a team from the ACC, one from the Pac 12, one from the Big Ten and the most recognized independent team in the world, Notre Dame.

Barring critical injuries, if there are better teams out there than these eight, show me.

Don't try to sell me on undefeated Marshall. Nice team. We remember Marshall. But get real.

You like Oregon, the one-loss Ducks with a marquee quarterback in Marcus Mariotta?

Oregon lost at home to Arizona, 31-24. The Ducks defense gave up 28 points in the second half. Please.

I suspect some Ohio State fans will lobby for their beloved Buckeyes. They only have one loss, but it was at home to Virginia Tech. They lost 35-21 (two touchdowns) to a Tech team that is now 4-3, with losses to East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Pitt. Not in the same league.

So I would seed the SEC teams and allow the committee to seed its four teams.

Being a benevolent czar I would allow officials from other conferences to officiate first round games against SEC teams. These teams are good enough to overcome bad officiating, although I cannot be responsible for the behavior of SEC fans. They kind of take this football stuff to heart. They might tell you where you can put that flag.

We would re-seed for the Final Four and have a go at it. This will likely be the only season my plan would work, but can you imagine the response?

I would retire one happy czar.

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