Biggest difference to me this year is the committee to select the top 4 - they may try and go out of there way to give the appearance of fairness in the end by putting in a Baylor or TCU ahead of OSU. I also think that they are not going to put in 2 SEC teams because of that as well. However, I think we are now going to start getting a lot of backing from an unlikely place - ESPN. They know the Bucks will bring ratings and $ - and that is of utmost concern to them.
I do believe if the Bucks win out and do it in convincing fashion, they have a great chance to make the 4 team playoff. As bad as um is, remember last year, they were also a dumpster fire and nearly beat us. And remember Earle Bruce's final game at *ichigan - they pulled off a huge upset. I think the Bucks are going to get it done - this team feels a lot different than anything in the recent past. Players are developing and I am happy to see the coaching and especially the game planning improve so much. Almost don't want the season to end. Go Bucks!
Oh - 8 team playoff is perfect - I think more than that and you end up being the nfl. Someone above said it too - but at least the first round then MUST be played at the home of the higher seed. (Watch the sec squirm if that ever enters the discussion - LSU at PSU, ALA at MSU, or Auburn at OSU on Dec. 15!!! UH-OH)