Wednesday, June 27, 2012

College Football Playoff System Approved

College football will finally have a playoff. A four-team playoff has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, which will begin in 2014 and continue through the 2025 season.

The four teams who will participate in the playoff will be chosen by a committee. The semifinals will be held at current bowl sites, while the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder. The national championship will be managed by the conferences and will not be branded as a bowl game. There will be three contract bowls as well - the Champions Bowl (a partnership between the Big 12 and SEC), the Rose Bowl (a partnership between the Big Ten and Pac 12) and a bowl to be determined for the ACC, which will likely continue its partnership with the Orange Bowl. Three other bowls will be called “access bowls” and have yet to be determined. This will force the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl to become bidders.

This new system may force the Big East out of the postseason, as its champion no longer has a guaranteed spot in a major bowl. The Big East has traditionally been the weakest of the automatic qualifying conferences, and now that they have lost their best program to the Big 12, this decision makes sense. The Mountain West Conference will also likely not be a factor in the major bowls due to these agreements.

One major issue with this new playoff format is how the teams will be selected. College basketball uses a committee to select its entrants into the NCAA tournament, but this has often lead to controversy and criticism. The new playoff system is a step in the right direction, but there will certainly still be teams that feel like they have unjustifiably been left out. It will be interesting to see if any criteria are announced in regards to how the committee will select the four playoff teams.

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Daniel C. Miller Attorney said...

It is going to be interested to see how this works out. I think it will make college football more exciting.

Boomer Sooner! said...

How will they decide who makes the final 4 teams that go to the "playoffs"? The same rating system that is in place now?

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