The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick reached
a consensus on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff system. The agreement,
reached Wednesday, needs approval from the BCS presidential oversight
committee next week to become official.
'The [playoff] model we have come away with is a consensus...I am delighted,'
SEC commissioner Mike Silve said.
The current BCS system, in place since 1998, pits the top two teams in a
convoluted formula that averages the percentage totals of the Harris
Interactive poll, USA Today poll and computer rankings.
Many discussions in the past have centered around a lengthy playoff, similar
to the one used in the Football Championship Subdivision. There had also been
talk of a plus-one system, where the top two teams after the bowl games meet
for the championship.
'We are excited to be on the threshold of creating a new postseason structure
for college football that builds on the great popularity of our sport,' the
BCS commissioners and Swarbrick said in a joint statement. 'We take our
responsibility to our universities, our presidents, and to student-athletes
seriously and we're determined to make this great sport even more popular.
'We have developed a consensus behind a four-team, seeded playoff, while
recognizing that the presidents will certainly present their views, including
a discussion of a Plus-One. We also discussed various selection methods and
look forward to having these discussions with the presidents.
'We are getting very close and we look forward to next week's meeting. We have
already had extensive discussions with our presidents and it remains important
to note that all final decisions will be made by the presidents, either at
next week's meeting or at whatever date is appropriate.'
A four-team playoff could include the major bowl games on a rotational basis,
with semifinals among the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls. The
championship game site would be held following a bid, similar to the Super
Bowl in the NFL.