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Orange Bowl to be one host of 2016 playoff semifinals

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We already knew that the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl would play host to the semifinal games in the first year of the newly-minted playoff system following the 2014 season.

Now, we know one half of the pair of bowls that will host the next year’s version of the new system used to determine a national champion in college football.

In a press release issued Friday morning, the BCS announced that the Orange Bowl will be one of the hosts of the semifinals in 2016 (the playoffs following the 2015 season).  The group stated that the other host is a yet-to-be-named bowl.

In that vein, the BCS also announced that (chuckle) “it has invited 31 bowl committees to consider whether they are interested in submitting a proposal to host the national semifinals and other bowl games to be played New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.”  The deadline for the various bowl committees to submit their initial bids is March 27 of this year.

“This is about giving as many fans as possible the opportunity to enjoy the new playoff and the other bowls in person,” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS and the future playoff. “A rotating event means more fans in more places will be able to experience the excitement of the new playoff. Because of the criteria, we don’t expect every bowl to proceed with a bid, but we want to extend an offer to all that are part of the college football bowl tradition.”

While 31 bowls have been invited to submit a proposal to host a national semifinal, the bowl venues must have a seating capacity of at least 65,000.  That criteria eliminates 11 of those 31 bowl games right off the bat.

Furthermore, while the aura of inclusion is a nice touch on the part of the exclusionary BCS, it’s a hollow one as it’s widely believed that the Chick-fil-A, Cotton and Fiesta bowls will fill the other three slots in the six-bowl rotation for hosting national semifinals.

In addition to filling out the slots in the rotation, the BCS stated that the group is working on resolving a couple of outstanding issues ahead of implementing the first playoff system at the FBS level, including:

– Creation of a selection committee that will rank the teams to play in the playoff, giving all the teams an equal opportunity to participate; (Among the factors the committee will value are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and conference championships.);

– Identifying the host city for the first national championship game;

– Naming of the new event.

The first issue is easily the most important one the new group overseeing the playoff faces.  The selection committee is expected to consist of 15-20 individuals, with those individuals likely to be some mix of former coaches, ex-administrators and current/former media members.  When the announcement of that committee — certain to be the biggest hot-button issue moving forward in the new system — will be made is not known, although it could happen at some point before the end of the 2013 season, if not sooner.

As for the naming of the new event, two things are certain: one, it will not be called the BCS and, two, there won’t be corporate sponsorship attached to the four-team playoff, which marks one of the few times universities didn’t grab the money first and ask questions later.

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9 Responses to “Orange Bowl to be one host of 2016 playoff semifinals”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 15, 2013 1:53 PM

    The BCS is doing what it has to do to plan for the new playoff series, nothing new. Bowl venues have to be chosen and a rotation of the available ones arranged. As stated, to “A rotating event means more fans in more places will be able to experience the excitement of the new playoff.”

    If the prices per ticket are up in the stratosphere, I don’t know how average fans can go. I know this is the first steps for a playoff and that other changes will eventually be made. One major change I would recommend is to expand the playoff format for a great number of teams.

    JT put it well that the selection committee is a big issue. Former coaches that have a bias toward certain teams (as many sports writers have) and may well slant the selections, as happen in most of the pre-season and early season rankings at this time. This is an area that will be scrutinized by fans.

    Changing the name from BCS to a new name is wise, but is the same folks that messed up the system the past years operating under a new name, or will the administrators of BCS actually change? I sure hope so.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Mar 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    The name will be changed to protect the guilty. 4 teams is a joke. Same people running the new that screwed up the old. Smh

  3. tampabay94 says: Mar 15, 2013 6:32 PM

    SEC home field advantage

  4. parkcityute says: Mar 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    I don’t think my team will get in with 4 teams, or even 8, but maybe we have something to aspire toward if there was 16 teams. Just hoping. The old saying, “Hope springs eternal” may fit Utah fans…oh well.

  5. harvupdyke says: Mar 15, 2013 11:33 PM

    God forbid they let the universities host those semifinal games & reap some of the financial benefits locally. Nothing spells tradition in college football like making 2 teams leave their respective universities to play under the corporate lights in Miami.

    Who wouldn’t want to see the Tide or LSU go into Columbus, AA, or S Bend? I’m sure SEC fans wouldn’t mind seeing their teams go north & validate themselves with a big win in a “cold weather climate.”

    But college football fans continue to be held hostage by all the glad-handin’, back scratchin’, & shady back room deals of “bowl executive directors” & greaseballs like Bill Hancock.

    Read Dan Wetzel’s Death to the BCS. They had their chance to do a proper 16 team playoff before all this conference realignment.

    In the profound words of Snoop Dogg: Bill Hancock…Bill Hancok can eat a fat d***, Mike Slive can eat a fat d***, Jim Delany can eat a fat d*** . . .

  6. chex1868 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:00 AM

    It’ll be the first meaningful game in the stadium in over five years (sans the few national title games).

  7. eaglesooneru2 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:15 AM

    I totally agree the semi finals be played at the higher seeds home field. That’s my big issue with the new format. It’s a big enough burden to make a road trip for one bowl game for the average non rich fan now they’re going to have to do it twice. The games will b sold out but it’ll be the fat cats only who are able to make two trips and that sux. USC, Oregon for instance conceivably would have to make trips to Miami and New Orleans and teams like Alabama or Florida would have to make trips to Pasadena and Tempe. That would take a lot of money. Big 10 or big 12 teams would also be inconvenienced on coastal trips but obviously not as much

  8. jaylaw01 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:19 AM

    Fiesta Bowl is in Glendale, not Tempe

  9. jaylaw01 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:19 AM

    But a good point nevertheless

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