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BCS coordinator says increased parity won't encourage BCS change

NEW YORK -- One wild and unpredictable college football
season won't cause the Bowl Championship Series to change.

BCS coordinator and Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike
Slive was asked during a conference call with reporters Wednesday
if the increased parity in college football this season would make
some type of major college football playoff more likely in the
future.

Slive said that his position hasn't changed since he took over
as coordinator after the 2005 season: He's open to change, but an
NFL-style playoff with eight or more teams won't happen any time
soon.

As he has said many times before, Slive said he was open to
discussions about the BCS going to a plus-one format, which would
match the top two teams in the country after the four major bowls
are played.

"You know, we are looking at that as a potential option for
some modification, but I don't see anything beyond that," Slive
said. "And I'm not saying that [plus-one] can't happen, but I'm
certainly open-minded and at least from my perspective looking
very, very hard drilling down into that concept."

Currently, there are five BCS games and the matchups are set
following the regular season, with the top two teams playing in the
BCS championship game. Missouri (11-1) and West Virginia (10-1)
each need one more victory Saturday to earn a spot in the national
title game.

With Hawaii as the only unbeaten team left in major college
football, the national title game is assured of having no
undefeated team for just the second time. It also happened after
the 2003 season, when Oklahoma and LSU played in the Sugar Bowl for
the BCS national title and USC won The Associated Press national
title by beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

If West Virginia and Missouri both lose Saturday, a two-loss
team could play in the national title game for the first time.

"Rather than talking about a playoff I'd like to phrase it: Is
one and two enough," Slive said. "And I have three concepts that
I always say that for me personally are important:

"One is protect the regular season. It might be trite to say
there's a playoff every weekend, but there is. Secondly, we value
the Bowl system. It gives a lot of student athletes an opportunity
to compete for additional championships. And thirdly, there's an
academic component. I know there are cynics about that, but there's
an academic component, and we are going to keep football as a
one-semester sport."