College football fans, the time to rejoice might be near. After days of Bowl Championship Series meetings last week, it was announced that a college football playoff system might finally be in the offing.
If approved, the playoff would pit four top teams against each other as soon as 2014. Fans have wanted this for so long, that hearing Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott say, “We’ve agreed to use the ‘p’ word,” is almost enough to inspire football spiking in the streets. There are many details that must still be worked out. In the coming weeks, commissioners from the 11 BCS conferences will present various proposals.
Options include holding semi-finals at campus sites and neutral sites. A championship game would be held at a neutral site, either one that bids in advance or an existing bowl. For now, conference commissioners have agreed to set aside the issue of how teams would be picked for the playoff. But BCS leaders hope to agree on a format by July 4.
How likely is that? How will the money to televise the playoff and other BCS games be divvied up? And how exactly will those four supposedly top teams get chosen?
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times Sports Writer covering college football and basketball