Conference champ-only plan on thin ice

Colleague Mark Schlabach reported Tuesday that college football power brokers are looking at neutral-site games for a potential four-team playoff, should the, ahem, "Plus-One" format come to fruition.

FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame president Jack Swarbrick are in Hollywood, Fla., this week discussing the the future of college football's postseason.

A source tells Schlabach that "a proposal that would require teams to win their respective conferences to participate in a playoff is also all but dead." If you read this space Tuesday morning, you know how I feel about that in regard to the ACC, which could have benefited from an easier path for one of its teams to be in the national title race on a more consistent basis.

None of these potential changes, of course, would take place before the 2014 season.