HOOVER — Auburn's unbeaten and uncrowned 2004 football team isn't forgotten — at least not by SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
He pointed to the Tigers' squad from that year when talking about the four-team college football playoff, which will begin in 2014. Auburn didn't make the BCS National Championship Game in 2004, despite not having lost a game. Slive said a team like that wouldn't be left out of the new system.
"I'm often asked if the four-team championship playoff is good for the SEC," Slive said. "The answer is unequivocally yes. It's good for college football. ... It provides the student-athletes and fans a championship playoff while at the same time protecting the greatest regular season in sports."
Slive said questions such as game sites and the makeup of the selection committee still must be determined. However, he stressed that strength of schedule would be an important factor in selecting teams.
He added that teams would need to examine their non-conference schedules and balance them against the strength of their leagues.
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