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The College Football Playoffs

The BCS will be replaced by a playoff for college football. This is the story of how we got there.

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Welcome Back to the Conference Wars

That thing we all hated is back!

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Abandon Hope of Scheduling Consistency

Don't expect to ever see a standardized scheduling format among the power conferences as long as we have the current setup.

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Don't Bury the BCS. It's Not Dead Yet.

The acronym is gone, but the new system is very similar.

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The College Football Playoff Won't Expand Soon

A lot of folks think it'll go from a four to eight-team playoff in the near future. They're wrong.

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CFP Selection Committee Details Released

Just about everything you want to know about the committee is now public information.

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Arkansas's Jeff Long Is CFP Committee Chair

Arkansas AD Jeff Long is the first College Football Playoff selection committee chairman.

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Will Schedule Strength Affect Playoff Selection?

Many in the sport have argued that the playoff will force teams to beef up their schedules. Is that really true?

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Three Rules of College Football Playoff Selection

If you're still confused, just remember these three simple things.

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How College Football Playoff Selection Works

Using the 2012 BCS standings as a guide, here is what the selection process will be in each of the three possible scenarios.

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College Football Playoff Details Announced

We now know the first championship game site, the full slate of bowls, and the semifinal rotation.

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Report: Sugar, Rose Bowls to Host First Semifinals

The two grandest games will be doing the playoff honors first according to CBS's Dennis Dodd.

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Details of New Postseason Money Distribution

There's going to be a lot of money, and the power conferences are going to get most of it.

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Final Orange Bowl Deal Announced

The SEC will get to play at least three times in Miami.

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New College Football Postseason Format Finalized

It's official: six bowls and access for the mid-majors are components of the new playoff system.

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New Postseason Format to Be Worth $600M Per Year

In total, the rights fees for the package of six major bowls plus the extra fees for the contract bowls specifically will top $600 million annually.

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Playoff Potentially To Be Worth Almost $500M

CBSSports.com is reporting that ESPN will offer almost half a billion annually to broadcast the college football playoffs. CBS is saying that this is not a formal bid and it's the high end of the range, but it's a ballpark figure for how lucrative the deal can be. By comparison, the current BCS deal is for $125 million per year.

This report doesn't specify whether this figure is for all six of the bowls in the semifinal rotation or just the semifinals and championship game (i.e. solely the playoff). Figures have already been thrown around for the contract bowls, with the Rose and Sugar (Champions) Bowls being worth $80 million a year and the Orange Bowl being around $55 million per year.

My guess is that the $500 million would cover all six bowls, but it would be an amazing payday if it only covers the playoff itself.

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Sugar Bowl Will Be the Champions Bowl

The game in New Orleans will host the SEC and Big 12 champions whenever they aren't in the playoff.

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Discord Reigns in BCS Playoff Negotiations

The system that caused so much controversy in life is causing just as much in its death throes.

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Playoff Won't Have 7th Game, Bowl Sites Selected

Just forget about that extra access stuff. They never meant it anyway.

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New Game to Give Mid Majors a Contract Bowl

So remember how recently we found out that a seventh bowl could be added to the semifinal rotation? According to an AP source, it will likely be a contract bowl rather than an access bowl:

A person with direct knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 told The Associated Press that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference. ...

The proposal has the Pac-12 sending either its champion or a replacement team to the game in years when the Rose Bowl hosts a national semifinal. In years the Rose Bowl is a traditional Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup, the Big 12 would send one of its top teams to the game.

For the Pac-12 and Big 12, this would be a similar deal to the one the Orange Bowl is working out for the SEC and Big Ten. And that, I have a feeling, shows the reason for adding this game.

It's not about access, I don't think. It's about getting a contract for the Pac-12 and Big 12 to match the one the SEC and Big Ten will soon have with the Orange Bowl. If those two conferences are going to get a second contractual spot, then certainly the Pac-12 and Big 12 are going to need one as well. The ACC is still the fifth wheel hanging on to the others with a tenuous grip, so instead of it getting another spot, the five mid major conferences will get one to make it look like this is all about the little guy. Either that, or this was a way to get those leagues their auxiliary contract while also heading off future lawsuits.

Ultimately, this bowl will probably undermine the concept of the non-semifinal bowls as truly being major. The ACC champ and SEC or Big Ten runners up getting guaranteed spots stretched that credibility already, and now this will only make it worse. When this postseason format was just going to be six games, two being semifinals and the others being filled by top-12 teams, you could make the argument that it was favoring quality over cronyism. That argument is fading quickly with every new contract.

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