So many stories being published every day right now on where the BCS is headed, so I thought I would provide some links and a summary.
- The new deal looks like it will be for 10 years, running from 2014-2023
- Semifinals and the final will be played at bowl game sites
- It looks like the semifinals will be hosted at the higher seeds auto-bid bowl site
- There is still a debate as to whether this will be the actual bowl game or an additional game held at those sites, like the current BCS national championship game.
- Teams will either be selected by a revised computer formula that includes strength of schedule or a selection committee
Personally, I have always been in favor of a four or six team playoff, with higher seeds hosting the games. I would love for this to be the case some day, but we will take what we get right now.
There has been a ton of debate as to whether smaller towns can handle hosting so many away team fans. That’s a terrible argument by the college football leaders. Of course they can host fans, they do it multiple times a year.
Besides, if the game is at a home stadium, you don’t host very many out-of-town fans because the home team would control the ticket sales. Those tickets would get sold to season ticket holders and local businesses. The seats will be filled by the passionate fans and the host school would make millions.
Unfortunately, this very reason is why they will use neutral site hosting. More schools want get their hands on the revenue. Plus, bowls are willing to pay millions to host the game, using unrealistic tourist spending figures to justify the payouts. In turn, they will actually make more money if they can talk the school presidents into letting them double host both the semifinals and the final.
The schools will also make more, even though the semifinal games will not always sell out because these payouts will be huge. The schools will brag about the great increase of revenue they receive by changing the post-season format to this “it’s not a playoff” playoff. So, in all actuality, it will not be much different than it is now with inflated revenue and attendance numbers.
As for the selection of the teams, well personally I would like to see a set, known formula. Something that every school could schedule for and manipulate how they see fit. After all, we have been using voters as a selection committee for years and that has been so slanted that it has led to this playoff.
Here are some of the better links for more information from national writers:
Pat Forde with the most comprehensive look.
Dan Wetzel on why even college presidents got tired of bowls.
Andy Staples breaks down the most likely outcomes.
Ralph D. Russo with the AP column.
Thayer Evans with a good article.
Brett McMurphy with the most up-to-date article.
Barrett Sallee on why Notre Dame could be in trouble if they don’t join a conference.