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Finally! College Football Playoffs—Beginning in 2014

posted at 8:17 pm on June 26, 2012 by

After next year, (2013), college football fans can say goodbye to the computers, polls, and sometimes biased coaches, as a new era begins:

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 and continue through the 2025 season. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, and the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.

The 11 conference commissioners watched on Tuesday afternoon as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick presented their proposal to a board of 12 university presidents at the Dupont Circle Hotel, and in less than three hours, the group agreed upon a postseason that college football fans have been clamoring for years.  LINK

Final Four to be chosen by a selected football committee:

Instead of simply matching the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in a championship game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals.

No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The sites of those games will rotate among the four current BCS bowls – Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar – and two more to be determined.

The winners will advance to the championship on the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the last semifinal. The first championship Monday is set for Jan. 12, 2015.

The site of the title game will move around the way the Super Bowl does, with cities bidding for the right to host.

The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set. The men’s tournament has 68 teams, and 37 at-large bids.

The football committee will have a much tougher task, trying to whittle the field down to four. Among the factors the committee will consider is won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.  LINK

All I can say is…….it’s about time!

 

 

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Completely against it, this isn’t the NFL.

Just hope it doesn’t keep expanding and threaten the best regular season in major sports.

NoDonkey on June 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

@NoDonkey

Among the factors the committee will consider is won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

With the parameters listed above ND, I really don’t see how this will effect the regular season. I do love the eventual elimination of the pathetic BCS. Four top teams should give us a breather on who was #1 & #2. Not sayin’ there won’t be still controversy, but at least an undefeated conference winner won’t/shouldn’t be sitting on the outside lookin’ in, (Auburn a few years ago, as an example).

Rovin on June 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Well, there would have still been debate back then as there were five unbeaten teams at the end of the regular season. Utah or Boise St. would have been left out as well.

topdawg on June 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Add the 2009 season to that as there were also 5 undefeated teams at the end of the regular season: Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, Texas Christian, and Boise St. Boise probably would’ve been left out again.

topdawg on June 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

After Boise St. defeated Oklahoma in 2007, one could hardly make the case that an undefeated Boise State team could ever be denied a final four position today. I could be wrong, I suppose.

Rovin on June 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

So how do they determine which are the top four teams? By the BCS computer method or is it the subjective opinions of the committee? And what influences will impact that committee? Will it be TV markets? Number of alumni? I think this playoff system will generate just as much controversy and discontent at the current one.

NNtrancer on June 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM

It’s supposed to be by a committee, I think, that will take win-loss record, strength of schedule, and conference championships into consideration.

topdawg on June 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Even a mini-playoff is a big step forward, but having a committee select the teams is monumentally stupid and I can’t believe anyone would suggest it let alone take it seriously. Not only is it affront to the nature of sports, but it will be the cause of huge controversies every single year.

HidetheDecline on June 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

What about some bowls choosing teams because their fans travel? This could influence the selection committee for this final four as well. What if you end up with a couple of teams from smaller conferences that are undefeated and the’re conference champs but would end up having to be considered for this final four. What did the presidential oversight committee (that’s reason enough to be against this)tell the 12 college presidents? Nice game you got there, be a shame if something happened to it. Does King Kardashian now get to claim on his website that he saved college football?

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Rovin on June 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Look at the comments below, there will be pressure for more teams to be included.

A playoff goes completely against longstanding tradition in college football. Then again, since the conferences are shifting daily, it appears tradition has gone completely out of the window anyway.

NoDonkey on June 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

It’s about time that the top 4 SEC teams get a shot at the title.

Kermit on June 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

It’s about time that the top 4 SEC teams get a shot at the title.

Kermit on June 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Now that’s funny Kermit!

@NoDonkey on June 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

There’s no question that “tradition” will go out the window with this change ND, can’t argue that one. My first suspicion will be who and how “the committee” will be formed, and will they be just as despised as the BCS?

Rovin on June 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

It’s a shame. Why do you dislike college football?

Dante on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yeah, yeah. I hate change of this kind. I predict Utah, Boise State, etc will dislike this system as much as they have the BCS.

I have actually enjoyed the sense of latitude and opportunity that came with multiple BCS bowl games. It hasn’t been the case every year that the BCS championship game was guaranteed to crown the “champion.” Now the single final game will do that, and college football will be basically just like pro football. I’m not sure that’s an advance.

Won’t keep me from watching, although if the rules become as pantywaist as football critics are howling for, that will stop my enthusiasm dead in its tracks.

J.E. Dyer on June 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

It’s about time that the top 4 SEC teams get a shot at the title.

Kermit on June 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Good point. And any procedure that routinely excludes the Trojans would get my vote.

J.E. Dyer on June 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Total garbage.

This is a solution to a question no one was asking namely how do a chosen few continue to monopolize the profits from college football.

Keep the current BCS ranking system (maybe add a strength of schedule component or make it more prominent) and make it a 8 team playoff. New Year’s Day semifinals. Rose, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar bowls holding to regional alliances as mush as possible. Then next week the higher ranked teams get home games, and the last week the championship game is on a neutral site. That would be the biggest football even ever. Then the Super Bowl is two weeks later. Football nirvana… but the powers that be could not game the system to their advantage.

Four teams is too small a pool to be decided by humans. The first year will most likely be the end. The controversy surrounding teams 5-8 will alienate half of the country leading to the ratings fiasco that was the field goal bowl last year.

Theworldisnotenough on June 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

After Boise St. defeated Oklahoma in 2007, one could hardly make the case that an undefeated Boise State team could ever be denied a final four position today. I could be wrong, I suppose.

Rovin on June 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Boise State was ranked #9 in the last week. They had 3 2-loss teams and 4 1-loss teams ahead of them. In this format Boise would never make the final four. In an 8 team playoff the human polls could push them in. This format all but guarantees that the Goliaths cannot be challenged even with a perfect season.

Theworldisnotenough on June 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

It’s about time that the top 4 SEC teams get a shot at the title.

Kermit on June 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

That what everybody wants to see, a record setting game of field goals and poor ratings.

Theworldisnotenough on June 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

This format all but guarantees that the Goliaths cannot be challenged even with a perfect season.

Theworldisnotenough on June 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Exactly. Sixteen teams competing, or twelve teams with a bye for the top four teams in the first round, would really be a playoff. But we can’t have Alabama or Oklahoma embarassed (again) by lowly Boise State now can we?

Dominion on June 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

And any procedure that routinely excludes the Trojans would get my vote.

J.E. Dyer on June 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Don’t worry. They’ll find another excuse.

John the Libertarian on June 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM