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Sanderson said he is skeptical the BCS will follow through and actually implement a playoff system. If it does, he said, it likely will be a hybrid of the existing system, and not something that brings meaningful reform to the postseason.

“I’m not encouraged by talk, though I would be encouraged by them actually following through,” he said. “For umpteen reasons, I doubt their motives for even engaging in this discussion.”

With good reason, because the BCS was never about giving fans something they wanted. It was _ and still is _ all about big schools maintaining control of college football and reaping the profits that come with it.

That’s worked well over the years for members of the cartel. They foisted a system on college football that no fan likes, excluded schools they didn’t like and happily collected hundreds of millions of dollars from the TV networks.

Until they actually do change the model, it really is nothing more than talk.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or follow at http://twitter.com/timdahlberg