With Bowl Championship Subdivision conference leaders meeting this week to determine the exact specifications of the upcoming changes in college football, the first domino has dropped with respect to a BCS playoff.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
ESPN's Brett McMurphy provides some insight into the new system from BCS executive director Bill Hancock:
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel provided more words from Hancock:
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It comes from ESPN's college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who reported on Twitter that sources have confirmed to ESPN that the new name for said postseason tournament will be the "College Football Playoff":
We have known that college football intends to move to a four-team playoff (h/t USA Today) to decide the national champion for quite some time, and that move will officially go into effect with the start of the 2014 college football season.
It might not be as flashy as March Madness, but College Football Playoff (or CFP, maybe?) is to the point and is the first decision to come down from college football's figureheads this week.
Other moves expected to be announced, according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN, include the official site of the playoff, and what criteria the selection committee will look for when trying to nail down what characteristics are representative of the country's top four teams at the end of the regular season.
Since its inception in 1997, the BCS has not been without controversy.
Never the most popular way to determine a champion, talking points on why college football has been on a crash course with a playoff include Auburn's undefeated season in 2004 that did not include a shot at the national championship, Oklahoma making it to the championship after losing the Big 12 title game, and the All-SEC final of 2012, when Alabama and LSU had a rematch from an earlier regular-season game to determine the champion.
Six months after the conclusion of the 2012 BCS title game, a four-team playoff was approved.
When the week ends, we'll have an official layout for the College Football Playoff. Key sites in play for the title game include Cowboys Stadium, Raymond James Stadium and others formerly included in the BCS bowl format (h/t George Schroeder of USA Today).
No format is going to be perfect, but the most recent results of efforts to improve the sport have given way to a buzz about the new playoff that should make the 2013 season one full of intrigue.
It's the last season in which the BCS will have final say on which teams play for a national title.