Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

June 28, 2012

OH GOOD GRIEF: BCS is dead in 2014

CROSSVILLE — The BCS is 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 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.)

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