Bear Bryant supported 8-team playoff in 1967

Up until three years ago, the national champion in college football was decided in many different ways from a group of people just picking the best team to the BCS identifying the two best teams to play for the championship.

However, legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant seems to have been in favor of a playoff nearly 50 years ago.

Athlon Sports took a look back at their first issue, which was released in 1967 around this time. They reported in the issue that Bryant had actually advocated having a “NCAA playoff,” which was proposed by then-Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty.

That proposed playoff came just a year after Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame all finished with undefeated records, but only the latter team claimed a national championship.

This definitely seems to tell fans today that the national championship picture wasn’t much better than it was with the BCS.

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