WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A four-team playoff for college football has been
formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic
change for the sport that will begin in 2014. The four teams will be
chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current
bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the
The 12-year deal is through the 2025 season.
11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack
Swarbrick presented their proposal to a board of 12 university
presidents at the Dupont Circle Hotel. In less than three hours, the
group agreed upon a postseason that college football fans have been
clamoring for years.
The group of presidents also endorsed a
rotation of the semifinal games among six bowl sites and rotation of
the championship game among neutral sites. The championship game will be
managed by the conferences and will not be branded as a bowl game. The
group also announced the creation of a selection committee that will
rank the teams to play in the playoff, "giving all the teams an equal
opportunity to participate." The committee will consider win-loss
record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is
a conference champion.
"A four-team playoff doesn't go too
far; it goes just the right amount," said Virginia Tech president
Charles Sterger. "We are very pleased with this arrangement, even though
some issues … remain to be finalized."
Two main topics
that need further discussion are how teams will be selected and how
revenue will be distributed. The commissioners have agreed in principle
as to how the revenue will be divided, according to Big Ten commissioner
Jim Delany, but that has not been made public yet.
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