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College football’s new playoff will be called… ‘College Football Playoff’

Death to the BcS

Nine months after the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approved a four-team playoff for major college football, the new postseason has officially been given its title:

College Football Playoff.

That’s it. That’s the name to replace the BCS.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and the Associated Press reported the name earlier on Tuesday; the official announcement was made this evening. BCS commissioners are also expected to announce three other playoff sites and the selection process later this week.

College Football Playoff was trademarked with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by, ironically enough, BCS Properties, LLC last month.

“We decided to call the playoff what it is – the College Football Playoff.  We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation.  Certainly it’s what the fans want.  We also invite everyone to vote online to select the logo and help us kick off the new College Football Playoff,” said Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of CFP.

The name isn’t flashy  — a marketing firm was hired to help come up with the new name, and that is kind of hilarious — but it’s straight-forward and generic enough to withstand change (like the number of teams in the field).

Not to mention it will dominate SEO numbers.

While Dennis Dodd of CBSSports isn’t as sold on the new title, College Football Playoff can at least be thought of as the anti “Legends” and “Leaders” — the backlash of which was so strong that the Big Ten will go to a simpler “East” and “West” divisional structure once Maryland and Rutgers join.

“I’ll be happy with whatever,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany told reporters today about the new playoff title. “Obviously I’m not great with names.

In that regard, college football’s power brokers have been known to find a way to slip on the proverbial banana peel and irreparably crash straight into a fine china shop when it comes to decision making. Perhaps the choice to go with a name that won’t make waves was the right one after all.

(Photo: “Death to the BCS” by Dan Wetzel) 

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23 Responses to “College football’s new playoff will be called… ‘College Football Playoff’”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Apr 23, 2013 7:54 PM

    And………this laser was designed by the noted physicist Dr Alan Parsons. The laser will henceforth be known as the Alan Parsons project.

  2. thraiderskin says: Apr 23, 2013 7:57 PM

    They could atleast add an exclamation point at the end, fricken prudes.

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 23, 2013 7:57 PM

    And………this laser was designed by the noted physicist Dr Alan Parsons. The laser will henceforth be known as the Alan Parsons project.


    That’s awesome.

  4. be4bama says: Apr 23, 2013 8:08 PM

    I hope they didn’t pay a lot of $$ to that marketing company. My 8yr old grandson would of come up with something a little more original.

  5. huskerzfan says: Apr 23, 2013 8:13 PM

    I love that the near entirety of college football fans give credit to Dan Wetzel and his “Death to the BCS” book had ended the BCS.

    Outside of some kind of weak celebration, the BCS is still here.

    It will happen this year.

    And next year, the BCS (with a new name) will keep chugging along.

    A ‘true’ playoff, like many want, won’t happen.

    It will be locked into 4 teams amongst 5 conferences for the very forseeable future.

    Perfect as far as I’m concerned. The ‘lacky’ won’t get a bid while the 4 conference champs play one another in a 2 to 3 week scenario and we crown a champ.

    I feel sorry for Boise State. Honestly. I do.

    However, it is up to them to make themselves attractive to the Pac 12 in the next couple of years. That will be extremely tough without any other sport, or support, or market to get them ‘in’.

  6. deadeye says: Apr 23, 2013 9:25 PM

    The College Football Playoff! Hey that’s the name I suggested immediately after the announcement of a college football playoff. I also suggested an abbeviated version, called the “CFP”. So what do I win?

  7. vincentbojackson says: Apr 23, 2013 9:28 PM

    Show me another successful billion dollar entity that is run by a group of complete idiots.

    The NCAA, the greedy school presidents, and the mostly inept AD’s deserve each other.

  8. bonerchamp says: Apr 23, 2013 9:54 PM

    Hot pockets…

  9. brad9000 says: Apr 23, 2013 10:02 PM

    Does this mean we can finally go back to calling it I-A and I-AA since they both have playoffs now?

  10. tigersgeaux says: Apr 23, 2013 11:22 PM

    Some funny postings here! I guess they are about as funny as the new name. So much for the obvious–College Football Playoff! Oh well, it could have been worse, much worse. They could have put BCS or the new incarnation name before “College” but still they will not put the name NCAA in the name, but that may come soon in the future, such as NCAA Football Playoff, then the boobs at the NCAA can see their name in the title which will be broadcast to eventually hundreds of millions around the world.

  11. txnative61 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:59 AM

    Hmmmmm—-wait for it—-wait for it————“College Football Playoff”!!!! Wheee-hard work really makes me thirsty. Now to find more toady suck-ass buddy’s to sell it and make it work without those damn athlete leeches cutting our take. They should consider this bonus education in how the real world works.

  12. dcroz says: Apr 24, 2013 7:19 AM

    They had to call it “College Football Playoff” because their original choice–“SEC Championship”–was already taken.

  13. ytownjoe says: Apr 24, 2013 8:08 AM

    No mystery here. It is what it is.

  14. omniusprime says: Apr 24, 2013 8:50 AM

    Yep definitely took a whole lot of thinking to come up with such a catchy name as College Football Playoff. I’m surprised they didn’t squeeze Division 1 into the title somehow. I’m also surprised they didn’t find a way to include SEC in the title since that’s who the NCAA has been pushing into the championship games for too long.

  15. addict2sport says: Apr 24, 2013 10:09 AM

    The name is almost as bad as the logos they’re having fans choose to represent the playoffs.

  16. zacksdad says: Apr 24, 2013 11:53 AM

    Perfect name, now they have everyone complaining about the name not the real issue. Only 4 teams in a playoff from hundreds, that seems fair.

  17. denverdude7 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:01 PM

    Whether the name is BCS or CFP it really doesn’t change much of anything.

    The entire world of college football amounts to one thing and one thing only: Selling corn chips and beer while enjoying the benefits of cheap labor.

    The saying “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'” still applies.

    Let’s see some of these southern (read:SEC) teams play games up north in late December and see how well they fare.

    The truth, as painful as it may be to some is that the southern teams can build teams based purely on speed while the northern teams must be able to play in good weather as well as bad.

    I’d love to see teams like LSU, Alabama, and USC playing in Ohio, Pennsylvania & New York around December 25th. But, you know what? They haven’t got the guts.

  18. udub says: Apr 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    I don’t understand what some fans were looking for. It’s college football and it’s a playoff.

    No one has been watching the NBA Playoffs so far thinking…’Man, this would be so much better if they had a catchy name.’

  19. florida727 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:05 PM

    omniusprime says: Apr 24, 2013 8:50 AM
    I’m also surprised they didn’t find a way to include SEC in the title since that’s who the NCAA has been pushing into the championship games for too long.


    And yet for some unexplainable reason, the SEC teams in those titles games keep winning those same title game ON THE FIELD. Of course, the NCAA arranges for that too, right #omnius?

  20. vie05ua says: Apr 24, 2013 3:22 PM

    denverdude – Case can be made the same. I don’t see many northern teams jumping at the chance to play an SEC or Big12 team in the heat of september/october.

    If anything, the cooler weather has benefitted SEC teams playing northern teams in the past. Play and train in the heat, then have a vacation in the cold? Your logic really does fail.

    Alabama, for a fact, has their “big name” opponents opt for a single game, which is played in a neutral location. Re: Michigan (lol) last year at arlington, and VA Tech in Atlanta this year.

    Alabama invited OSU to play a home-away series one year, the money they demanded was more than twice what the “freebie” teams ask. On a home-away? Screw that.

    Not to mention, if SEC sucks so much, why have they won each BCS match up against any “powerhouse” from any other conference? Usually by a landslide. OSU has been embarassed not once, but twice by two different SEC teams in a national championship game.

    The Big 12 is the only conference close to sending as many teams to the BCS championship as the SEC, and only SEC team to lose, was to another SEC team, and Alabama went because a Big 12 team lose to an unranked team.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 24, 2013 4:01 PM

    Meanwhile some marketing consulting company is cashing a half million dollar check as fast as they can before the NCAA figures out they’ve been duped.

  22. dcroz says: Apr 24, 2013 8:23 PM


    Know who else isn’t playing games in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in December? Teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Until a couple years ago, the Big Ten mandated that all regular season games had to be played by Thanksgiving weekend. While it cools off in November, I don’t seem to recall any Ice Bowl-like conditions at the Michigan-Ohio State game in recent memory. And it can get cold down here in the sunny South, too; when Alabama played in the BCSNCG at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, they left 70-plus degree conditions the day after the game to land in Birmingham in sub-freezing temperatures and with two inches of snow on the ground.

    The whole “Southern teams only beat Northern teams because of warm weather” argument is yet another in a long list of cop-outs as to why the SEC is ascendant while the Big Ten is struggling to remain relevant in college football. It still boils down to the simple fact that the Big Ten continues to recruit as if football is played and coached the same way it was fifty years ago and is too arrogant and stubborn to understand that. When the rest of the league pays attention to what Urban Meyer learned in his six years coaching in the SEC when it comes to recruiting and building a powerhouse team and applies those lessons to their own programs, then the Big Ten will become more than the hollow shell of its former self that it is now.

  23. be4bama says: Apr 24, 2013 8:35 PM

    Hail dcroz!!!

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