The conference commissioners will spend this week together trying to knock out issues for the upcoming playoff system, as the BCS will come to an end in 2014. Some of the things that will be discussed include a playoff name, new logo, where the games will be played and what the selection committee will entail.
There are a ton of things to go over in these meetings and the verdict will play a huge part in college football moving forward. One thing almost everybody can be happy about is the fact we are one day closer to getting rid of the BCS.
Over the next few days, breaking news will take place regarding the upcoming playoff system. Bleacher Report will have you covered with all of the updates from these crucial meetings.
Note: This slideshow will be updated with all of the latest news and updates.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day tripleheaders will be at 1 ET, 5 and 8:30. Both days. Reserve couch space now for 12/31/14 and 1/1/15.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 25, 2013
While we are more than a year away, I have already called everybody I know to remind them I will be invisible during these two days.
When it was announced that there would be four playoff teams competing for a national title, some cried that there should be more. If you are one of those who believe a couple more teams should be added, Bill Hancock has addressed you, according to Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.
Hancock: "We know people are going to want eight [teams], and some are going to want 16, or 32. But it’s going to be four, for 12 years."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 25, 2013
Well, there's that.
As meetings continue to take place, we are slowly piecing things together as far as how everything is going to work. One thing for sure is that schools will have far less pressure selling tickets, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today.
The ticket guarantee schools have to sell for playoff bowls is 12,500 instead of 17,500 in current BCS— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
Also, with a selection committee picking the teams and random bowl sites being paired together, you would assume that some teams would eventually end up with a home field advantage. Not so fast. According to Wolken, lower seeds would not have a home field advantage under the circumstances.
Hancock reiterates that lower seeds in the semis won't get home field advantage (for instance, LSU wouldn't get Sugar if they were 3/4)— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
According to Wolken, the semifinal matchups will be treated more like a bowl game as far as players arriving on site are concerned. As for the championship game, teams will have a little longer to get familiar with its surroundings.
The semis will be more of the bowl experience, teams being on site for a week. For championship game, teams could arrive Friday before.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
If you were expecting a selection committee to be put together right away, you have come to the wrong place. According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, things are still being ironed out, as this is all new territory for college football.
Hancock says there won't be significant news on selection committee tomorrow. Seems this will be a long process.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
Although rankings could be released up to four times a season before the final rankings are announced, according to Wolken.
Hancock says the selection committee could issue some type of rankings 3-4 times during the season before final selection— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
Doing this seems like the committee would be given a few practice runs before being locked into a room and forced to find the top four teams. No pressure.
According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, the next two championship sites will be announced later this year.
Next two championship sites will be announced in September, Hancock says.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 25, 2013
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Not much of a surprise here, but Brett McMurphy of ESPN has reported that Cowboys Stadium will have the privilege of hosting the first playoff championship title game.
Cowboys Stadium will get 1st title game; Fiesta, Cotton, Chick-fil-A get semifinal bowls. Official announcement Wed— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 24, 2013
For the semifinal games, McMurphy has once again got you covered.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 24, 2013
Sources have also told ESPN that the title game will be played on Jan. 12, 2015. According to the report, the semifinal games will be played as followed:
• Rose and Sugar bowls: Jan. 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2018; Jan. 1, 2021; and Jan. 1, 2024.
• Orange and Cotton bowls: Dec. 31, 2015; Dec. 31, 2018; Dec. 31, 2021; and Dec. 31, 2024.
• Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls: Dec. 31, 2016; Dec. 31, 2019; Dec. 31, 2022; and Dec. 31, 2025.
Now that we know where the games will be played, the next question is which dates should we clear on the calendar. Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported that the most important games will take place late in the year:
After 2014 regular season, 6 major bowls games in new playoff will be held on Dec. 31 & Jan. 1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 23, 2013
It looks like college football was determined to once again make an impact on New Year's Day. Adjust your holiday plans accordingly.
Turns out there will be no official logo released to the public just yet. Instead, you as the fan have all of the power. There have been four logos released and you have until April 29th to make your vote count. Click here to see all of the choices and to cast your vote.
But remember, as the official college football playoff twitter reminds us all:
The winning logo will be the College Football Playoff logo for the next 12 years.
— CFB Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) April 23, 2013
As for the name of the playoff, it appears that "College Football Playoff" will stick. No this is not an April Fool's joke.
Well, at least you get to help out these folks who lack creativity with the logo.
The first big step in these BCS meetings includes a new logo and name change. The BCS goes right out of the window once a new name is announced, according to Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated. Well, the upcoming college football season also has to come to an end.
Here in Pasadena for BCS meetings, expect announcement of name, logo for new playoff around 4:45 PM pacific.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 23, 2013
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the college football playoff will have an original name:
"College Football Playoff" new name for 4-team playoff, sources told @espn. Official announcement Tuesday evening— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 23, 2013
There are some creative people working these meetings, as Jim Delany told Mandel:
Jim Delany on the forthcoming new BCS name: "I'm not great with names, obviously." (Laughter)— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 23, 2013
Ralph D. Russo of the AP broke down exactly what is going to happen during the BCS meetings.
So here's the way this will work out in Pasadena for the commissioners meetings. Name today. Sites tomorrow. Selection committee Thursday— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) April 23, 2013
As for the selection committee is concerned, don't expect anything concrete right away, as there is plenty of time to iron things out, which Russo addresses.
The selection committee work probably won't be locked up on Thursday, but it doesn't have to be. Have plenty of time to actually seat it.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) April 23, 2013
The title game is likely going to be played in Cowboys Stadium in 2015, as Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported.
Bowl games have become all about the money. Every bowl has picked up a sponsor and it has become ridiculous with all of the name dropping.
Don't expect that when it comes to the national title game.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock echoed the words of Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who said college football should be more like the Masters and less like NASCAR, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
“The championship game won’t have a title sponsor,” Hancock said. “It will not have corporate identification.”
Jim Delany and Mike Slive will be the stars of these meetings, but it appears they weren't the only celebrities in the building, according to Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.
The hotel for BCS meetings hosted an NBC TV press junket last night. Heidi Klum, Shakira give way to Jim Delany, Mike Slive.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 23, 2013
Is there is a way Shakira could join the join the meetings and possibly make the announcements?