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Additional bowl to be added to playoff mix?

Bill Hancock AP

It’s been nearly three months since the June approval of a four-team playoff that will be in place for the 2014 postseason.

While the who/what/where/how details have been few and far between, it was initially thought that the two semifinal games — the title game will be bid out — would come from a rotation of six current bowl games.  As it turns out, the new system’s eyes may have not been big enough for the playoff’s immense financial stomach.

Following an ongoing set of meetings involving conference commissioners, BcS executive director Bill Hancock confirmed that the group is considering adding a seventh game to the previously-planned rotation, another bowl that would add to the “marquee” of the revamped FBS postseason.  While Hancock technically spoke of access — presumably referring to the non-BcS conferences — to the new postseason table…

“They created a playoff and they had a working concept for access, but they knew that more conversations were needed. There was discussion about access and whether another game might be necessary. There was. … But how it comes out, we don’t know.”

… he’s practically referring to greater potential access to higher-revenue bowls for members of “The Big 5.5” conferences.  And further devaluing the already overvalued 20-ish other much lesser bowls in the process, but that’s another story for another day.

That said, and regardless of whether it’s a six- or seven-bowl rotation, there’s the question of which bowls will or would actually be a part of the playoff equation.

There are two bowls already contractually locked in — the Rose and Orange bowls.  The for-now-dubbed Champions Bowl, which in theory would pit the winners of the SEC and Big 12 against each other, will be locked in once the t’s and i’s are crossed and dotted, respectively.  The host site nod for that new bowl, at least initially, is expected to go to Dallas Cowboys Stadium, although Houston is reportedly very serious in its bid to land the game as well.

The Fiesta Bowl, despite its excessive graft past, will be another piece of the rotation.  That’s four.  The Sugar Bowl?  Another no-brainer, whether it’s part of a potential Champions Bowl rotation or not.

That makes five and leaves one or possibly two bowls left to be a part of the rotation.

The Cotton Bowl and Jerry Jones’ Ode to Excess Stadium is one significant double-dipping possibility, given the Dallas Cowboys owner’s propensity for throwing gobs of cash at the opportunity to host college football games.  Could the Champions Bowl, at Jerry World, as well as the Cotton Bowl, at Jerry World, be two-sixth or two-seventh of the playoff rotational equation?  As they say, money talks and bullsh…

It appears, then, there could be at least three bowls fighting for what right now would be a not-yet-created seventh spot in the rotation — the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl.  The smart money, right now, would be on the Atlanta game.

Regardless of how the bowl rotation plays out, there are other, even more overriding factors on several levels that will play a significantly more important role in determining the success or failure of the FBS power structure’s attempt to move on from the train wreck that was the BcS:

— As far as fans or anyone else who cares anything at all about the sport are concerned, the makeup of the committee that will determine the four teams — yes, it should at least be an eight-team field; it’s not, so get past it — should be far and away the most important discussion point as it pertains to the new postseason system.  Hancock, who said he was in favor of a committee consisting of 15-20 individuals, was kind enough to offer a non-update update on that part of the equation:

“The working model has been that every conference would have a representative. And then that there would be enough people on the committee to accommodate recusals. The concept being that when your institution is discussed you would be recused.”

There are currently 11 FBS conferences for football, soon to be 10 once the WAC is officially put out of its misery.  There will then be six major/BcS conferences, four non-BcS conferences as part of the working model; you do the math on how the voting will go with a committee that consists of every FBS conference having a representative, and how access to the six or seven marquee bowls will play out.

— As far as the conferences and individual schools are concerned, however, how the revenue is distributed and protecting the brand “historic” leagues have developed — lookin’ at you, Delany — in the new postseason format is at or near the top of the list of concerns.

“The first championship game is 28 months away. And so the highest priorities are going to have to go to the television contract and site selection.”

We included this just to emphasize the fact that, despite the “progress” when it comes to the postseason, it remains all about the money student-athletes can make for a university by simply playing a game.

Fairness, equity or inclusion, thy name is not part of the latest big-time college football postseason ruse.

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12 Responses to “Additional bowl to be added to playoff mix?”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 20, 2012 11:33 AM

    Continuing tidbits of information are feeding our desire to have a playoff and have it equitable and fair so actually, finally, a true national champion can be crowned in Major College football, as has been done for years in other team sports and divisions.

    However, the best lines of this report from JT are his closing lines:

    “…it remains all about the money student-athletes can make for a university by simply playing a game.

    Fairness, equity or inclusion, thy name is not part of the latest big-time college football postseason ruse.”

    That is enough to take one’s breath away when you really consider those words.

  2. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    “The first championship game is 28 months away. And so the highest priorities are going to have to go to the television contract and site selection.”

    This is exactly how/why we ended up with a disaster in the BCS last year. The integrity of the game and the student athlete should be first and foremost, not money, TV contracts and site selection.

  3. staff2cj says: Sep 20, 2012 12:03 PM

    It’s all/only about the cash homie!!!

  4. bouwel92 says: Sep 20, 2012 12:31 PM

    I like the idea of the playoff syestem, but i belive that instead of 4 teams it should be all the conference winners in the playoffs. To me it would be hard to pick the best 4 teams for the playoff spots, and it would at least get the non-qualifing schools a small window of oppurtunity, but hey thats just me

  5. fuzzebear says: Sep 20, 2012 1:05 PM

    Listen, the Pizza Bowl needs some consideration here.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Sep 20, 2012 1:23 PM

    And don’t forget the “Weed Wacker” Bowl!

    If BCS is running this playoff, why would any fan think they would not mess up the playoffs the way they have done things now?

  7. normtide says: Sep 20, 2012 1:28 PM

    “The Big 5.5″ conferences.

    I like what you did there.

    Sorry, but I have a gut feeling that they will find a way to screw this up.

  8. thegonz13 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:14 PM

    Bring on the Lysol Toilet Bowl!

    Another game no one will give a damn about…

  9. shackdelrio says: Sep 20, 2012 3:28 PM

    Replace the Capital One Bowl with the Gator Bowl and it sounds about right. The stadium in Orlando is a complete dump. They are putting 100 million into upgrades but they will not be nearly enough to host a “BCS game”. The Gator Bowl is played in Everbank Field, which has alot of premium seating and can be expanded to over 80K+ seats.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 20, 2012 3:51 PM


    No doubt the Orlando stadium needed a remodeling upgrade. Aren’t the taxpayers paying for it? If they are putting in $100M, isn’t that enough to repair/upgrade to BCS standards? Did they misspend, or someone steal some of the money? What’s the problem there?

  11. shackdelrio says: Sep 21, 2012 8:19 AM


    The renovations at the Citrus Bowl will certainly help the Capital One Bowl. But I think they more help with keeping it in it’s current second tier bowl status with bowls like the Chick-Fil-A and Gator. Without these renovations, it would likely be relegated to Liberty/Sun Bowl territory. But the renovations are to modernize it and add club seats. But even after renovations, they will still have bench seating in the majority of sections. Other than the Rose Bowl, I don’t see any “non-NFL” stadiums hosting a playoff game.

  12. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 21, 2012 9:43 AM


    Thank you for the informative reply. southernpatriots’ family have many friends in the Orlando area. They are really paying for the debt that their mayor and council got them into with the Citrus Bowl Stadium (formerly Orlando Stadium) remodeling.

    After the interest on the bonds are paid the total will be around $175 M! In addition all the downtown refurbances and all well over $1 B, so every kind of tax went up greatly. So many people moved out of Orlando that it has the largest number of empty houses of any city in America.

    The NCAA really wants a major bowl/playoff somewhere in the southeast. They also are looking for a venu with a great working relationship with the community and charitable organizations. They can’t find one that gives a greater percentage than Chick Fil-A bowl since most workers are volunteers and ALL the profits go to children’s charities. Of course, that stadium is the Atlanta Falcons stadium, Georgia Dome. You are so right about the remaining venues except the granddaddy of them all the Rose Bowl, being in NFL stadiums. Great insight.

    I volunteered after work today to pick up a truck load of ice and deliver to Gulf Coast Louisiana where th0usands are still without electricity, even if they have a house remaining after Hurricane Isaac. Southernpatriots purchased hundreds of blue tarps which I will also take with me because every house which remains has been areas of the roofs missing. Ongoing sadness for all.

    Thank you again.

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