Purgatory till playoff

Excited for a playoff? You're probably not going to enjoy the purgatory of the next two seasons, writes Ted Miller:

My grandmama just made you some of her world famous chocolate chip cookies. Why? Because you're her favorite. She'll let you eat one in two years.

Just bought a cool new iPhone. It will be awesome to use for the first time in 2014.

Got married this week? Congrats. Bet you can't wait to consummate things in 24 months!

They say good things come to those who wait. Casting aside our reasonable desire to feed "They" a knuckle sandwich, let's certainly hope so. In the space between now and the 2014 college football season, however, things are going to be pretty darn weird. And annoying.

This season and next, college football will be operating in two worlds. The benighted world that is -- the BCS system -- and the new four-team playoff model adopted this week in Washington, D.C., (cue angelic chorus) that won't be implemented until 2014.

We won't have this sparkly, four-team playoff for two seasons, but it will hang over the sport's collective head. Sparkling. And just out of reach. For two entire seasons.

Oh, we won't really think too much about it in September and October. But when the calendar flips into November, and the space between teams in the BCS standings starts to tighten, count on there being plenty of speculative "what if?" grumbling.

Further, you can expect the media to relentlessly and redundantly point out how things would be different if the four-team playoff were in place at present, rather than just gaily dancing on the horizon. A No. 4 regular-season finish in 2014 will inspire a celebration for a fan base. A No. 4 finish in 2012 and 2013 will be cause to grouse about the arbitrary unfairness of the system.

Read the rest of Ted's story here.