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NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
College football enters a new playoff world
College football enters a new playoff world

It took a hundred years, but college football finally caved to the faucet drip of public persistence by agreeing to stage a four-team playoff starting this season. Fare thee well to mythical champions crowned by wire services, matrices and wing nuts. The good news is every team that ever won a Helms Athletic Foundation national title — Georgia Tech, 1928 — can keep a spit-shine on that trophy. The benefit of not having a playoff, of course, was some years it seemed like youth soccer, where every kid gets a participation ribbon. It was a system in which Ohio State could cherish the Associated Press trophy in 1954 as much as UCLA coveted the coaches' 1954 crown. Even...