ACC Commissioner John Swofford and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Monday morning at an annual meeting of the Football Writers Association of America that they believe a "plus-one" format would have to be seeded.
Each commissioner also stated that the SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 12 are open to discussing the "plus-one" format. The Big Ten and Pac-10 have been opposed to it.
Swofford, who is the incoming BCS chair, said the nature of the 2007 season and its weekly upheaval has motivated his presidents and athletic directors to reconsider a plus-one model.
Commissioners from all 11 major college football conferences
will meet in Miami in April and the plus-one will be a topic.
"I think we would be remiss if we didn't have that discussion
in full and play it out and see what the ramifications of it are in
great detail," Swofford said. "To see if there are unintended
consequences there. What are the pluses, what are the minuses?
Really drill into it so we can have the right kind of information.
"Evaluate it in a thorough way and ultimately make a decision.
You don't know unless you have that discussion."
Swofford acknowledged a meeting of No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in a Final Four of football could still leave out a team with a participation argument.