Except they didn't. What people hated about the polls was that arbitrary people not playing the games were deciding who was worthy enough to be the champion. The playoff was supposed to fix that. Except that college football decided that they would use a poll to determine who gets into the playoffs, so, like last year, you can win the Big 10 and have a team that finished behind you go into the playoff instead of you. Where does that make sense. The beauty of sports is that you settle it on the field. This current, four-team playoff, removes the joy of that.
Here's how to fix it. Go to an eight team playoff. The winner of each of the five power conferences gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Win the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12, or ACC and you get an automatic entry into the playoffs. Win and you are in. You can still use the polls to seed them, but they are in.
The final 3 slots are left to this committee. They pick the next best three teams to fill out slots 6, 7 and 8.
For example, based on the projections and rankings right now:
1. Alabama or Georgia (SEC Champion)
2. Clemson (likely ACC Champion)
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan/Ohio State/Northwestern winner (Big 10 Champion)
5. Alabama or Georgia (based on rankings)
6. Oklahoma/West Virginia/Texas (Big 12 Champion)
7. Washington State (likely PAC-12 Champion)
8. UCF (because they won't allow 3 SEC teams)
Alabama/Georgia vs UCF
Clemson vs Washington State
Notre Dame vs Oklahoma/West Virginia/Texas
Michigan/Ohio State/Northwestern vs Alabama/Georgia
Alabama vs Georgia
Clemson vs Notre Dame
Georgia vs Clemson