News: College football approves four team playoff starting 2014
Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Stevens
IWAKUNI, Japan - A college football committee of conference commissioners approved a four-team playoff beginning in 2014.
The top four seeded teams in the nation will earn the right to play in the playoff. The format will have the top seeded team face the number four team and the number two team face off against the number three team.
Both games are slated for Dec. 31. Winners advance to compete for the championship. The championship game is scheduled for the first Monday in January, at least six days after the semifinals. The first championship game is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015.
The championship game is slated to move locations each year, much like the Super Bowl does, with bidders deciding who will host the game.
The Bowl Championship Series gave automatic qualifying status to six conferences. But, under the new four-team playoff system, no teams are automatically qualified and the commissioner believes this will make for more interesting games outside of the national championship.
The daunting task will be selecting the top four teams in the country. This year, there are 125 football teams playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The playoff will use a committee system to select the top seeded teams based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether the team is a conference champion or not.
One fear when comparing this to the past playoff system was the fear of not producing as much revenue.
Estimates show the playoffs can draw in more than double the TV revenue of the BCS and Rose Bowl contracts.
This is a milestone for college football to many people, but many more hope for an even bigger playoff system.
The idea of only having four teams in a playoff doesn't sit well for some. College football is very competitive in different conferences, and it is hard to tell which division has more talent. Regardless of opinions, the new playoff is set in stone until 2025 and will be the new way college football is played.