College football’s top division may officially get a playoff system as a four-team, three-game proposal goes to a vote of the Bowl Championship Series president oversight committee today.
The playoff was agreed upon last week by the commissioners of the 11 conferences at the sport’s top level -- the Football Bowl Subdivision -- and University of Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. If the proposal gains approval at the BCS presidential committee’s meeting in Washington, it would be implemented for the 2014-15 season.
College football’s national champion since 1998 has been crowned by the BCS, which uses a formula that incorporates rankings and computer polls to decide the two schools that play for the title.
Under the proposed playoff format, the two national semifinal games would rotate among the major bowls such as the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls. The national championship game would be played approximately 10 days after the semifinals and the neutral site would be up for bid the same way the National Football League rotates its Super Bowl between bidding cities, the Washington Post reported.
A selection committee would probably be formed to determine the four participants in the playoff, the paper said.
Last season’s BCS title game, a rematch between Southeastern Conference rivals Louisiana State and the University of Alabama, drew the lowest television ratings of the BCS era. Alabama’s 21-0 victory marked the sixth straight year that a school from the SEC won the BCS championship.
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