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Playoff Details to Be Hammered Out Over the Fall

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Jon Solomon has a good article out this morning about the process and timeline that college football's leaders will follow to get the playoff details figured out. Be sure to stay on to the end to find out who is very interested in becoming the chairman of the selection committee.

BCS Leaders Recommend a Playoff

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The final, possibly inevitable, result of the BCS meetings in Ft. Lauderdale is that the power brokers of college football are officially recommending that a four-team playoff come into existence. The must still be worked out, and everything is pending the approval of university presidents. Still though, this is a big step for a group of men who laughed Mike Slive's and John Swofford's Plus One proposal out of the building just four years ago.

BCS Discusses Schedule for Format Changes

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The leaders behind the BCS have put out a statement discussing the schedule for possible changes to the format. It is painstakingly written to imply that they're looking at doing a playoff without ever using the p-word. It was also posted to its Facebook and Twitter accounts that bear the name "Every Game Counts", which is totally, undeniably true.

BCS's Bill Hancock Will Meet With DOJ

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The BCS's executive director Bill Hancock will meet with the Department of Justice's antitrust division. He's characterizing it as a voluntary informational session, so this is not under subpoena or anything. Hancock, of course, believes the BCS to be on solid ground legally. I'm not well versed in antitrust law enough to say whether it is or not, but some who know more than I do want to challenge it. Hopefully this meeting will provide clarity as to whether the government will act or not. At this point, I don't care much about the nuance anymore. I just want to know yes or no on if the feds will bring a lawsuit.

Fiesta Bowl Fires CEO John Junker

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A scandal with the Fiesta Bowl has been simmering for a while out in the Arizona desert, and it has just boiled over. The nonprofit organization that runs the bowl fired its CEO John Junker today over allegations of a whole slew of improper ways of using money. Illegal campaign donations, a $33,000 birthday party, and flowers for the University of Texas admissions office are all there. It doesn't mean anything in the grand scale of the BCS; if the Fiesta Bowl somehow crumbles over this (which is unlikely), it'll just be replaced by the Cotton Bowl or something. It shouldn't be too long though until the Playoff PAC guys start crowing about this one way or another.

Some Numbers on the BCS's Double Standard

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Doc Saturday hit this one on the head, analyzing some numbers that the MWC's lobbyist produced. Essentially, the WAC and MWC champs that have made BCS bowls have delivered higher TV ratings and larger in-person attendance than the Big East and ACC champs over the 2007-10 BCS games. The problem then is that the Big East and ACC get more money for it than the conferences that are better delivering ratings and ticket sales. I have to say, this is one that's always got me. Why is it that those who want to revoke the Big East's BCS auto-bid never talk about the ACC as well? The Big East (6-6 in BCS games) actually wins these games with regularity (ACC: 2-10), and bowl ratings in recent years have confirmed that FSU and Miami are the only ACC teams the nation as a whole cares about. When either of them win the conference, they'll get a bid. No need to force Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl on the rest of us to ensure that those two get their completely inevitable piece of the pie.

SI College Football Survey Results

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SI.com did a fairly expansive college football survey, and the results are finally in. Despite all the whining you hear about the SEC from other conferences, fans around the country voted it the both the toughest and most entertaining conference to watch. That's significant since voters weren't allowed to vote for the conference of their favorite team and about a fifth of voters pledged allegiance to SEC campuses. More than a third of respondents called the SEC the most entertaining, while a full 80 percent of non-SEC fans said our league was the toughest. In other categories... The SEC is the home of the most recruitniks (no surprise). Vanderbilt was voted among the nicest home stadiums to visitors while Florida was voted among the rudest (which harmonizes with my experience). SEC fans also as a whole voted no on selling alcohol inside stadiums. As for the BCS? Only 10.2% of respondents supported it, with 7.7% voting for a return to the old bowl system and more than 81% voting for a playoff of some kind. If you've ever wondered where the nation's desire truly lies among all the vocal proponents of one thing or another, now you know.

A Primer on the BCS Rankings

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Due to the fact that the first BCS rankings of the year come out this weekend, Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times gives an interesting look at some of the strangeness in the BCS rankings over the years. Of interest to this conference? LSU and Florida have a combined four BCS titles but have spent a combined two weeks atop the rankings in the regular season (LSU's two in 2007). Alabama also is tied with Nebraska for most weeks at No. 1 (five) without a title.

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