Many questions have accompanied the move to a four-team playoff for college football, and several of those center around who will (feasibly) have access to said playoff. On Friday, Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey told ESPN.com that he is not worried that the Big East will be left out of the four-team playoff, or any other high-profile bowl games for that matter.
While the Big East is the only major conference without a contractual tie-in to an upper-level bowl game beginning in 2014 (the year the playoff starts), Bailey believes that Big East teams can qualify for those games based on their own merit.
“This conference, because of its record over the past six years or so, really plays very good football, and if it’s based on meritocracy, then we will be able to do as well as anybody else. That’s No. 1. This relationship with the bowls that other conferences have, they’ve always had them. We’ve always felt that at the end of the day, even though there was AQ status, you wanted to play well and earn your way into a bowl and not necessarily be anointed” ~ Joe Bailey
The addition of Boise State to the Big East will certainly help the conference’s football strength, but what remains to be seen is if the rest of the league can pick up the slack.