Does Gary Patterson want a playoff now?

PASADENA, Calif. -- For the most part, the TCU players diplomatically answered every attempt by reporters to get them to talk about the merits of a playoff system. Surprisingly, the one who bit is the man who has consistently downplayed a playoff system.

TCU coach Gary Patterson, with his team 13-0 after outplaying Wisconsin for a 21-19 Rose Bowl victory Saturday, sounded as though getting a shot at either Auburn or Oregon -- the two teams that will meet for the BCS national championship on Jan. 10 -- wouldn't be such a bad idea.

"Well, yeah, if that's your indirect way of asking about a playoff. We want our chance, but I think the Rose Bowl was our chance," Patterson said. "Until we have a better way of doing it -- but, you know, it's a lot of fun. You have three teams now that are still undefeated in college football. The end of the next ballgame there are only going to be two undefeated teams.

"I'm not a voter [in the coaches poll] this time, but I'll be honest with you: I think you have an opportunity, to me, if I was a voter, I'll watch those two teams play and see how my team compares to them. Then I'll have my own national championship vote if I think we're better. It won't count, but it seems like a lot of votes don't count anymore, so we'll see how it all goes."