I think the question might be self-explanatory, but in case not: If the top 8 BCS-ranked teams played a championship tournament, we would have made it in last year without even winning the SEC. We'd still be in contention to do that again this year, even after the UM loss. In other words, we'd still have a path to a national championship that doesn't necessarily go through Atlanta. Now granted it's UM, so there's a certain amount of sting associated with this particular loss that doesn't even have anything to do with our BCS hopes. I live in Miami, nobody needs to tell me that. Generally speaking though, how much would an 8-team playoff format lessen the "end of the world" despair of early-season losses like this one? Are you looking forward to that day coming, as much as I am? Or do you regard the intensity and "must win" drama as part of the allure of college football, which has the most meaningful regular season - or at least, the least room for error during the regular season - of any major spectator sport?