College Football Heavyweights Agree on Potential Four Team Playoff System
We never thought we would see this in our lifetime but it looks like we will have a championship playoff system for college football.
The 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock announced an agreement on a four-team seeded playoff for college football after meeting Wednesday at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago.
“For the last six months, we’ve discussed all varieties of formats,” Delany said. “There’s a unanimous belief that the presidents will discuss this model as well as other models they chose, and ‘plus-one’ will clearly come up. Our preferences were for a ‘plus-one’ and a 1-4 seeded playoff.”
The system is not as comprehensive as the 16-team tourney that many had proposed but it is a step in the right direction.
“Our interest all along was making sure if we put ourselves in a position competitively that we earn the right to compete for a national championship,” Swarbrick said. “I’m confident that where we’re headed will give us that opportunity.”
Next Tuesday, the group will take the ideas to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, a group of 12 presidents from BCS schools, in Washington.
The weight of the bowl games will be discussed in addition to ways to ensure that losses in the regular season still carry a lot of weight.
Regardless of how it goes down, if this system with the alleged plus-one option is enacted, there will still be those who think that it’s not fair.
The system won’t flip from one extreme to the other in a short period of time with all of the money that is involved with the BCS series.
Even what is on the table now doesn’t guarantee that a championship game would even be a part of the BCS picture.
“We have two more years to go on the current contract, and we will decide who will administer the new event,” Hancock said. “If the presidents decide to go down this path, then we will start working on those kinds of details. The result of that decision will determine the name of the event. I don’t think it will be called [the BCS].”
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said that a unified front is what is best for the game.
“The fact that we’re all here together is an important statement for college football.”
The pressure is on to get something done and the reality is that the current group of kids playing high school ball might not have to endure another scandal like what went down in the LSC vs. Alabama game last season.
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