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Report: BCS seriously considering semifinal games at neutral sites

Death to the BcS

Earlier this month, the USA Today provided a glance into what the BCS committee was considering in regards to a chance in the postseason format of major college football.

The short story? The committee created four major format categories, one of which featured three semifinal games.

Now that the LOLing/crying has subsided, it appears the committee has made some headway in narrowing down those options as the July deadline for a decision draws closer. The good news? The three semifinal game option involving the Rose Bowl, or the “four team plus” model, appears to have been lit on fire and tossed in the dumpster.

The bad news? Well, that depends on what your personal preference is, I suppose. Brett McMurphy of CBSSports reports, citing multiple industry sources, that the “four-team event” — essentially the other options involving four teams and two semifinal games — is the most realistic option, with neutral sites holding the semifinal games gaining a lot of momentum.

Where those semifinal sites would be held, whether in current BCS bowls or neutral locations given to the highest bidder, is still undetermined.

Previously, the idea of holding semifinal games on campus appeared to have a lot of support — I’m admittedly still part of that faction — but the Chicago Tribune reported over the weekend that holding semifinal games on campus was “on life support.”

The BCS committee still has a few meetings to go before the July deadline for a decision. If I were a betting man, I’d say a “four team event” held at neutral locations or a plus-one are the two most likely options.

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38 Responses to “Report: BCS seriously considering semifinal games at neutral sites”
  1. baywatchboy says: Apr 24, 2012 2:13 PM

    Because a college student can certainly afford to travel to 2 “bowl” games a year. How people could? Oh, that’s right, this has nothing to with the fans, but more about how much money the NCAA can make.

  2. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:29 PM

    Whoa now they HAD better not set this up so that the SEC gets a ton of “neutral site” games where the SEC team essentially has a home game i.e 2012 Gator Bowl was Florida Gators vs OSU Buckeyes.

    I am tired of the SEC always getting an advantage and the Big 10 getting screwed

  3. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    @baywatchboy …

    Whoa! Have been so focused on getting playoffs that I hadn’t thought about fans having to travel to multiple sites. I’m not usually able to attend bowl games, but my family does–and they’ll want to attend the playoffs. This will be a tremendous burden on those who typically travel with the team.

    That makes me lean toward holding the games on campus … which would have an impact on the bowls. For me the game is more important than the hoopla of the bowls … but I doubt the money men will agree.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 24, 2012 2:31 PM

    Ben: Who comprises the “BCS Committee?” Is it a select group of beaurocratic administrative academicians (college presidents) or whom?

    As usual, they seem to be out of touch with the fans. Forget the fans, just pass something different since there is overwhelming support to make changes. This may well be “change you cannot believe in.”

  5. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:33 PM

    It is amazing that the article references concern for the fans that have to travel to these games.
    Really? All of a sudden you’re concerned for the fans who have to travel? They are most likely concerned about SEC fans who hate to travel outside the southeast b/c they have NEVER been concerned about Big East or Big Ten fans being forced to travel from the north.

  6. drummerhoff says: Apr 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    Concern for the fans … Ha!

    That ship sailed a long time ago: If you’ve ever been to a BCS championship game or the Final Four, the fans get priced-out or gouged by the event and host city.

    Sadly, like every other sporting event, the person known as “Corporation” sets the bar for affordability.

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 24, 2012 2:52 PM

    alligatorsnapper, BCS committee is made up of the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s AD.

  8. joshuavkidd says: Apr 24, 2012 3:12 PM

    one day, the universities and conference commissioners/presidents are going to wake up to the fact that if they cut out the BCS they could take home more money by hosting the playoffs on their own… until that day the BCS committee will continue to be the biggest scam in sports.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    Just use the bowl games for quarterfinals and semifinal games. Think of what it would mean to some of those minor bowls to have a marque matchup with a game that counts rather than some 6-5 teams that can’t sellout their ticket allotment. The fans of the top teams will find a way to attend a couple of bowl games and hike the TV ratings that the bowls aren’t getting now.

  10. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    Translation of Neutral Sites – the largest venue’s possible to fill.

    When it’s Michigan in the Big House…there is no better money making venue… but ‘on campus’ could be a bust and lost revenue for NCAA if participating teams venues are not large enough.

    Seriously – it still HAS to be about the money. That’s what makes it tick. Can’t leave money on the table just to be ‘fair’. That’s real life folks.

    Fact it – those who can afford it will go and the stadiums will be filled.

    Neutral is a happy compromise to protect revenue AND playoffs.

  11. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    I have to wonder if there will be the “weather” argument against holding any of these in the north.

    If they limit these games to the south then there needs to be a ban on allowing SEC teams to play a game within 750 miles of their campus, otherwise it is yet another home game for the SEC school.

  12. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 3:47 PM

    @dryzzt23 …

    The reason people are concerned about fan travel in this scenario is because a playoff means teams will be playing more than one game. So it will be a bigger burden for all fans if their team runs the table and they have to travel to neutral sites for two or three away games.

    So please stop trying to make everything about your SEC hate. Alabama had to travel to the Rose Bowl for the 2009 championship and Florida to Arizona for the 2007 championship. The idea that Southern schools win only because they play in their own backyards is just an excuse. I’m an SEC fan and would be more than happy to play these games at the opponent’s campus, wherever that may be.

  13. frug says: Apr 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    Larry Scott had it right when he noted that if football fans were willing to travel for more than one playoff game the NFL would have done it years ago.

  14. frug says: Apr 24, 2012 4:30 PM

    Sorry for the double post, but I will add that the prevalence of CCGs means neutral site games for the semifinals actually mean asking fans to travel to three postseason games in the time frame of about 3 to 6 weeks depending on how the schedule works out.

  15. bozosforall says: Apr 24, 2012 5:17 PM

    This proposed option is just more BS. Only an 8 or 16 team playoff is truly fair to ALL of the teams in the FBS (which should be changed back to D-1). 10 or 11 conference champions plus 5 or 6 wild cards, seeded accordingly.

  16. auburntigers34 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:25 PM


    inferiority complex much? excuses are like you know what. the SEC isn’t afraid to travel. most of the bowl games are in warm weather states because fans don’t want to travel to Midwestern states for bowl games. it’s not an SEC conspiracy, but believe whatever you want to believe. your SEC obsession is pretty entertaining.

  17. seanmmartin says: Apr 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    Make the destination(s) known a year in advance. Cycle the destinations (i.e. South, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest).

    Sure, it will seem unfair if LSU plays a game in the Superdome, but if said game was destined to be played in the Superdome that given year, tough luck. Just make sure there’s a game somewhere in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey the following year.

  18. ronmexico4life says: Apr 24, 2012 6:46 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:29 PM
    Whoa now they HAD better not set this up so that the SEC gets a ton of “neutral site” games where the SEC team essentially has a home game i.e 2012 Gator Bowl was Florida Gators vs OSU Buckeyes.

    I am tired of the SEC always getting an advantage and the Big 10 getting screwed
    Youre 100% correct. You should be tired of the Big 10 being bent over and screwed by the SEC every time they play. How many SEC national champions in a row?? And on the traveling thing, yeah money is always going to be the main concern. It’s B.S., but it is what it is. Now lets see, are we going to get more people to travel to places like Ohio and Michigan orrrrrrrrr maybe, are places like Miami, New Orleans and Pasadena more attractive for fans??? Your conference is always overrated and under achieving……..take that up with your schools/coaches. Your location is absolutely uninviting…….can’t help you there

  19. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2012 6:54 PM

    Wow… all this emotion… and all I want to do is Beat Alabama in September… and give Deb a big hug in consolation.

    I’m so boring…

    GO BLUE!

  20. dkhhuey says: Apr 24, 2012 7:26 PM

    Thanks! The death of college football as we know it and it’s descent into trying to make it like the pros and less like the system we are all so passionate about. What I laugh about while I’m crying is all people are already bitching about the potential format of a playoff system, are the same ones that were bitching about the BCS because they want a playoff, who are the same people who brought on the BCS in it’s current state (with human input) because they were bitching about it initially because it didn’t have human input, are the same people that brought us the BCS initially because they were the same people who were bitching about how the champion was selected by different polls.

    See a trend anywhere? I do! No matter what the current state of college football – you have nothing better to do but bitch and moan about changing it!

  21. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 10:35 PM

    @polegojim …

    Aw … wish I could be at Jerrah’s World for that hug!! Of course, I’d be comforting you after Michigan’s loss 😉

  22. cbass59 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:07 AM

    The SEC doesn’t want to play in the cold. Most of those players don’t know what it’s like to play in Madison, Columbus, South Bend, etc in Dec/Jan when it’s 32 degrees and possibly snowing. It’s a much different game and the SEC knows it. Heck, most won’t even schedule non-conference game north of the mason-dixon line. Except for Tenn and Bama, the rest won’t do it.

  23. dickroy says: Apr 25, 2012 7:58 AM

    I like the picture. Death to the BCS! Right now all I want is playoffs.

  24. dickroy says: Apr 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    I think it would be great to have an 8 team playoff. If the 9th rated team whines about it, too bad, work yourself up into the top 8. Where they are played is another matter. I just want playoffs!

  25. dmcgrann says: Apr 25, 2012 9:03 AM

    polegojim said: “Translation of Neutral Sites – the largest venue’s possible to fill.

    When it’s Michigan in the Big House…there is no better money making venue… but ‘on campus’ could be a bust and lost revenue for NCAA if participating teams venues are not large enough….”

    I believe that there are some logistical problems involved in using some of the larger “on campus neutral sites” folks might be thinking of. Sure, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, et al have nice big stadiums. But they also have nice big student bodies and nice big crowds of alumni that day trip to the games in the regular season and fill up those stadiums.

    If you’ve got two teams from far away and you’re expecting those teams’ fans to fill the seats, they’ve got to stay somewhere, and I don’t know that Ann Arbor, State College, or Knoxville have enough hotel rooms to handle the out-of-town crowds they’d hope to get.

  26. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Apr 25, 2012 9:41 AM

    Make sure it’s warm and toasty with perfect field conditions so that the athletes (SEC) aren’t at a disadvantage vs. the football players (everybody else).

  27. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:02 AM

    I’ll be interested to see how this one is settled. Both sides have very logical points in this argument. If neutral sites will be used, it needs to be a fair rotation. Northern cities like Indianapolis and Minneapolis (once the new Vikings stadium is built) should definitely be hosting semi finals and championship games on a regular rotation with the likely southern cities of New Orleans, Houston, etc.

  28. florida727 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    Couple thoughts:

    Ben Kercheval says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:52 PM
    alligatorsnapper, BCS committee is made up of the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s AD. — Just curious, how do you thumbs-DOWN a straight informational post? I guess if you’re an idiot, it would make sense. Speaking of idiots…

    “dryzzt23”, if you’re capable, please re-read “auburntiger” post. Most people don’t want to travel to Bismark, North freaking Dakota to watch a bowl game played in a wind chill factor of -23. Continue being an SEC hater if it makes you feel better about yourself, but if you really want respect, try first BEATING an SEC team when it matters… you know, like for a national championship or something. Until then, you haven’t earned the right to complain about where bowl games are played. You’d probably rather go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a bowl game than Pasadena. Moron.

  29. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:23 AM

    @florida – I know you were being a smart @$$, but I better lay it out for the record: Bismarck doesn’t really have a stadium to host a bowl game. Fargo (NDSU) and Grand Forks (UND) host the two major college teams in North Dakota, and both play in indoor stadiums. But alas, neither is big enough to host a bowl game either. Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Detroit are really the only northern options to consider due to having large indoor stadiums.

  30. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 2:35 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    Playing in cold weather doesn’t seem to help your Browns regardless of the opponent. And Arizona required as much long-distance travel for the Gators as the Buckeyes in the 2007 championship but, alas, Florida still chewed up Ohio State.

    Funny, I don’t recall any pro teams whining that Northern-based teams can’t win Super Bowls because they have to play in warm-weather cities or domed stadiums. Seems the Big Boys recognize that’s for the audience, not the players.

    If you keep trying, though, I’m sure you can come up with more excuses for why your teams haven’t been beating the SEC. Bless your heart.

  31. dickroy says: Apr 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    Hi Deb! Are you saying that the SEC is the better conference and some people look for excuses because they have trouble beating our teams?
    Guess who agrees with you?

    Good luck to our Steelers in the draft!

  32. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2012 5:52 PM

    The only valid excuse to losing is that on that day, we did not execute as well as the winners!!! No bad calls, no weather, no jet lag, no grass too high, or no pink locker rooms.

    If the entire team got food poisoning, the flu, explosive diarrhea, held hostage and kept awake for 48 straight hour – that may qualify, but other than that, suck it up, learn from it, and get better!

  33. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Apr 25, 2012 6:21 PM

    Deb, Deb, Deb….it’s not an excuse…..I don’t make excuses. Wins are wins and losses are losses. But even victors can still be cowards if they dictate their terms worse than championship boxers.

    As far as the Browns….I’ve said before, there’s not an insult in the world that can faze me. I’ve heard ’em all. Just worry about which OSU player the Steelers are drafting this year. The Steelers love Ohio State players more than the most rabid Ohio State fan.

  34. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    BrownsTown, you silly thing. The money men dictate terms, and they were the same when the Big 10 and Pac 12 were the “victors” dominating the championships. As with the NFL and the Super Bowl, they hold championships in warm-weather cities or domes because they’re assured of filling seats. I expect after one year in New York, the Super Bowl will revert back to warm- weather and dome cities. It’s not an SEC conspiracy. And you’re smart enough to know that.

    Hey, I don’t care where we get our players as long as they can do the job. Big 10, Pac 12, SEC … doesn’t matter to me. My all-time favorite Steeler came out of Purdue.

  35. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    Hi, dickroy!! All I want tomorrow night is a big, agile offensive lineman!!!

  36. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 26, 2012 6:10 PM

    How about that Deb !?!
    Mine’s for Purdue also… Who Dat!!

  37. bangitfootball says: Apr 27, 2012 8:17 PM

    Hey as long as theres a Walmart, a Dennys and bus connections SEC fans will be there.

    Just kidding:)

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