PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the new four-team playoff starting after the 2014 regular season will be called the College Football Playoff, and the conference commissioners will make it official with an announcement later Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the name was not to be released before then.
The major college football conference commissioners are holding three days of meetings in the Rose Bowl’s backyard. They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system, along with the site of the first championship game to be held Jan. 12, 2015.
The new postseason format will create two national semifinals to be played New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with the winners advancing. The six bowls in the playoff rotation will host marquee, BCS-type games on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day during the seasons they do not host a semifinal.
Three semifinal spots have already been decided: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls.
Four other bowls have bid for the other three spots. The clear front-runners are the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also put in a bid, but even its organizers have acknowledged they are a long shot at best to land the game.
Those decisions will be announced Wednesday.
The coaches on the Big 12’s spring teleconference were already talking about it the Cotton Bowl having a spot in the rotation as if it was a done deal.
“I think it’s really exciting for this region, for everybody, and I think all of the schools in this region, to have Dallas as one of those sites is great for everybody in this region, and exciting for everybody,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Obviously everybody knows what a great and quality, what an awesome stadium it is, then the location for us is an advantage, or should be.
The first semifinals will be played at the Rose and Sugar bowls.
The site of the first national championship game in the new system will also be determined at these meetings and the finalists are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the billion dollar home of the NFL team and the Cotton Bowl, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., home of the Buccaneers.
Arlington is the favorite to land that first championship game.
Also on the agenda this week for the commissioners will be the composition of the selection committee that will set the field for the playoff. They have said they would like the committee to be similar to the one that picks the teams for the NCAA basketball tournament, made up of both current and former conference commissioners and athletic directors.
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