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Choose your own season (cont.)

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Jeff Driskel and Florida posted an 11-1 regular-season record in '12 to finish third in the BCS standings.

You are: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby

This makes you sick. If Ohio State had beaten Michigan in the regular-season finale, it would be the Buckeyes here playing Alabama. Instead, it's Florida facing the Tide. The Gators had that one loss at South Carolina and didn't get a chance to meet Alabama in the SEC title game. The Harris Poll voters and computers, who love them some SEC, thought the wins at Miami and LSU and the home win against Florida State made Florida the best choice. But what about the champ from your league, that one-loss Oklahoma team? What about Stanford, where you used to work? The Cardinal weren't worthy? What about Clemson, which like Florida only had a loss to South Carolina? Heck, if the Gamecocks hadn't just lost to Alabama last week in the SEC title game, they'd probably be here.

With the glut of one-loss teams, everyone just assumed the SEC team belonged, and here you sit watching the second SEC-on-SEC title game in three seasons. Next year should be better. With four teams, surely someone else will get a chance. But what if this just happens again on a grander scale? What if Mike Slive's league gets three teams into the playoffs every year?

You pull your phone from your pocket and punch up a group text. To the contacts marked Larry S., Jimmy D. and Ninja, you send the following message: "Boys, maybe we should just push it to eight sooner than later."

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