The BCS is dead...in 2014.
That's right. The major college presidents approved a plan by the college commissioners to have a four-team playoff following the 2014 season.
Instead of pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2 in one championship game, it will be No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, and will rotate between the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls, with two more to be determined.
The winners will advance into the championship on Monday, Jan. 15, at a site to be determined. Let the bidding begin, as this will rotate around like the Super Bowl. Serious consideration should be given to a dome stadium or a warm-weather site, as the winter weather can be unpredictable in early January.
A committee will select the top four teams. Criteria being considered is won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head and whether a team is a conference champion.
Several conferences have title games, i.e.,SEC, ACC, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-12, Big 10 and Big 12.
What happens to these bowls when the playoffs begin — New Mexico Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl, Beef 'O' Brad's Bowl, R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, MAAC Bowl Las Vegas, Sheritan Hawaii Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl, Military Bowl, Belk Bowl, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Champ Sports Bowl (Russell Athletics Bowl), AdvoCare V100 independence Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Valero Alamo Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, TicketCity Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, Gator Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl and GoDaddy.com Bowl?
Two of these will be selected for the playoffs.
Will the rest of the bowls raise their payouts to attract the conference runners-up and title game losers? Money will dictate all of this.
Will the conference affilations be eliminated or will the bowls trade out to get teams which are within a reasonable distance from their sites? The teams' following will conversely play a part of this decision.
These questions and more will be answered during 2012-'13 and 2013-'14, as the playoffs will not begin until after the 2014 regular season.
(Ed Greif is the Crossville Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)
The BCS is dead...in 2014.
- Area Sports
Panthers finish third in DeKalb County tournament
The Stone Memorial High School boys’ soccer team placed third in an all-day soccer tournament at Dekalb County High school Saturday.
Stonehenge Golf Club to host State Senior Men’s, State Women’s Open tournaments again this year
"You don't how I'm excited to be here," said Matt Vanderpool, executive director of the Tennessee Golf Association, last Wednesday morning at the annual media day luncheon to announce the return of the Crossville Women's Open and the Tennessee Senior State Open to Stonehenge Golf Club.
28th Tansi Exchange Golf Tournament tees off April 26
The 28th Lake Tansi Exchange Club's benefit golf tournament will be Saturday, April 26, a 1 p.m. at the Lake Tansi Golf Course.
Panthers lose to Blackman in substate 69-55
A capacity crowd at Stone Memorial High School saw the Panthers' season end, as they dropped their substate match-up to the Blackman Blaze 69-55 in the weather-delayed Class AAA contest.
Stevie’s Elite Athletics places in CheerSport Nationals
Stevie's Elite Athletics (SEA) Allstars were in Atlanta, GA, Feb. 15-16 for CheerSport Nationals.
OH GOOD GRIEF: Positives taken from 2013-’14 hoop season
The 2013-'14 basketball season is over, but positive things have resulted from this year's action for both girls and boys teams from CCHS and Stone Memorial.
Corrections to Caroline Cravens signing with Lincoln Memorial
Caroline Cravens, a senior at Cumberland County High School, signed a full athletic scholarship in cross country and track with Divison II Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN, during a ceremony at Fairfield Glade Baptist Church, where she and her family attend church last Saturday.
It’s league or no league for Crossville Babe Ruth
Sign-ups for the 2014 Babe Ruth League ends March 15 at the Crossville Parks and Recreation office. The sign-up fee is $45 up to a maximum of $135 per family.
- Cravens signs cross country, track scholarship at LMU
Tyler Howard preparing for boxing war April 5
Prize Fight announces “Conflict in Crossville,” featuring local undefeated professional boxer Tyler Howard (6-0) facing Dennis Williams (7-2) from West Monroe, LA, at Cumberland County High School April 5. This main event is scheduled for six rounds.
- More Area Sports Headlines
- Panthers finish third in DeKalb County tournament