New College Football Playoff Will Reportedly Stick to Just Six Access Bowls

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Fans of the Boise State Broncos hold a sign before the team played the Arizona State Sun Devils in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 56-24.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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It was only a month ago when college football was trying to install a possible seventh access bowl that would help increase revenue and exposure for the teams outside a powerhouse conference.

Now, ESPN is reporting that college football will likely stick to six and call it a day.

"I think everyone has realized the seventh bowl is not on the level with the other contract bowls," a source said. "The question was how much can we get for this game? It didn't sound like it was a lot."

If we have learned anything about the way college football works, it is all about the money and if it doesn't add up, it certainly doesn't make sense to go through with it.

The six access bowl games will include teams from conferences such as the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, ACC and Big Ten and produce well over $60 million. The seventh bowl game was going to include a team from the non-power conferences, such as the Big East or MWC and reportedly only bring in about $25 million.

The other bowl games would also be played in big time stadiums such as the Rose Bowl or University of Phoenix Stadium, while the seventh bowl isn't necessarily guaranteed a huge crowd or even selling out if a matchup was to actually happen.

Besides, who would want to see a Boise State play a team such as Oklahoma?

"Three weeks ago it was probably 90-10 (that a seventh bowl game would happen), now I would put it at less than 50 percent," another source said.

The six access bowls have yet to be made official,but will act as rotating semifinal sites for the college football playoff that takes place beginning in 2014.

Many believe that it will include the usual BCS bowl games such as Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange, while possibly adding the Cotton and Chick-fil-A as well.

The matchups would also bring in gigantic revenue as some of the possible games that are in the works include: Rose (Pac-12 vs. Big Ten); Champions/either Cotton or Sugar (Big 12 vs. SEC) and Orange (ACC vs. Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame), according to the report.

"Nothing has been finalized, but the complexity of the whole thing is multiplied with trying to figure out if a seventh access bowl is realistic or not." Said another source.

While nothing may be finalized, it appears that college football has found another way to stick it to the little guy.