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              Alabama football coach Nick Saban poses with the national championship trophies in New Orleans Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Alabama blew out LSU 21-0 in the BCS championship game Monday night, and headed back to Tuscaloosa with it  Alabama football coach Nick Saban poses with the national championship trophies in New Orleans Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Alabama blew out LSU 21-0 in the BCS championship game Monday night, and headed back to Tuscaloosa with it's second national championship in three years. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)   

Big Ten kicking around big idea for national 4-team football playoff

The Big Ten is not only ready to listen to proposals regarding a national four-team football playoff, league and school officials are kicking around an intriguing idea.

Sources told the Tribune that a Big Ten plan would remove the top four teams from the BCS bowl pool and have semifinal games played on the college campus of the higher seed. That would do away with the facade of “neutral” sites such as New Orleans, Miami and Pasadena, Calif., and ease travel concern for fans.

The championship game then could be bid out, like the Super Bowl.

The concept of the Big Ten even entertaining playoff proposals seemed laughable as recently as two months ago. But in the wake of a low-rated BCS title game that satisfied few outside the Southeastern Conference footprint, the conference is ready to study and contribute ideas.

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