Posted June 01, 2012

Pac-12 commish Larry Scott: Playoff participants should win division

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott (right) wants playoff teams to win their division. (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

If Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott had it his way, Alabama would not have played for the national championship.

While the majority of the Pac-12 athletic directors and administrators are in favor of a playoff, Scott wants those in the proposed college football playoffs to have at least won their conference’s division. Alabama lost to LSU in the regular season, but still had the opportunity to play for the national title and went to beat LSU 21-0 in the rematch.

“I’ve had a pretty good pulse but I think this will be the meeting when we’ll ask our presidents for a definitive position and refine and narrow the different options,” Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott told CBSSports.com.“They’ve all been thinking about it. I think I know (their position) but it might be different coming out of the weekend. It’s something we’ve been talking about a lot.”

“We don’t have to re-invent the wheel here, if we’re moving toward a playoff we should follow what the pro leagues have done,” he said.

Scott said that teams have to win something and that concept is generally accepted by fans.