Patt Morrison for June 27, 2012

Punting the BCS - college presidents approve football playoff for 2014

Nick Saban Press Conference Following BCS National Championship

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The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Are you ready for some football… playoffs? After years of anticipation, controversy and the gnashing of teeth, college football will finally have a playoff to determine its champion.

Come 2014, the complicated system of polls and computer algorithms that make up college football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) soon will be extinct. Yesterday, it was announced that a committee of university presidents approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to begin in the 2014 season. The approval comes after the commissioners’ six-month process of developing a new method for determining the best team in college football.

Instead of simply matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in a championship game after the regular season, the way the BCS has done since 1998, the new system will create a pair of national semifinals where No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3. The winners from each semifinal will advance to the championship game.


How will this monumental format change impact college football? How excited (or disappointed) are you about having a college football playoff?


Frank Deford, senior contributing writer, Sports Illustrated; NPR commentator; author, “Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter” (Grove/Atlantic 2012), “Everybody’s All-American” and “Alex: The Life of a Child”

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