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College Sports, Division I

Presidents Approve Four-Team Playoff for 2014

On June 26, 2012, the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approved a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners from the NCAA’s most elite football conferences. The decision comes after a six-month process where commissioners worked for a new way to crown a major college football national champion. The old format had received increasingly unfavorable reviews from both fans and media members across the country. Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, who headed the committee, stated that while the new system was approved, “there were differences of views.”

Some of the key points to take away from the new format are as follows:

  • No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3 on Dec. 31 and/or Jan. 1.
  • Game sites will rotate among the four current BCS bowls – Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar – and two more to be determined.
  • The winners of the semis will advance to the championship on the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the last semifinal.
  • The site of the title game will go to to the city with the highest bid.
  • Teams  will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set.
  • Factors  the committee will consider include won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

More information on the new system can be found here via CNNSI.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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