College Football Playoffs: Houston To Bid For National Title Game

A consensus has been reached on a four-team playoff system for college football.

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College Football Playoffs: Houston To Bid For National Title Final

With official news that the four-team, three-game playoff format to determine college football's national champion less than 24 hours old, now begins the speculation as to who will host the national championship final game, beginning with the 2014 season.

The two semifinals will rotate among six TBD participating bowls, while the title game itself will go to the highest bidder each year. Enter Houston and Reliant Stadium. The Harris County / Houston Sports Authority told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday night they'll actively pursue the title game:

"We decided we want to aggressively pursue this opportunity for Houston," said Janis Schmees, the executive director of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. "We want the decision-makers to know Houston is serious about hosting."

"We wanted to be ready, we wanted to be aggressive and ensure we are using all of the relationships — both nationally and locally — we can, to ensure that Houston is at least in the forefront of people's minds," Schmees said.

It's expected that the current BCS bowls - the Fiesta (Glendale, Arizona), Sugar (New Orleans), Orange (Miami) and Rose (Pasadena, California) will be among the six sites rotating the semifinal games, while everyone expects Jerry Jones and Cowboys Stadium to push the Cotton Bowl in as well. That leaves one spot, but Houston is without a major bowl, leaving only the title game itself as a viable option.

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College Football Playoff: Four-Team Format Officially Approved By Presidential Oversight Committee

A four-team playoff format to determine college football's national champion starting with the 2014 season has been officially approved by a presidential oversight committee. A group of 11 conference commissioners as well as Notre Dame's athletic director presented a panel of 12 college presidents.

Among the details released at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening is that a selection committee, the makeup of which is to be determined, will choose the four teams without a requirement of a conference championship.

Additionally, a rotation of six bowl games will share hosting duties for the two semifinal games and a neutral site for the title game. Those six bowls were not named, and currently only four bowls - the Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Orange - are members of the BCS.

The proposed deal will extend for 12 years, through the 2025 season.

While Tuesday's announcement made the four-team, three-game playoff format official, there are many questions that have not been answered, specifically who the committee will be comprised of, how they'll select teams and how the revenue of the three-game playoff will be distributed.

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College Football Playoffs: BCS Commissioners Support Selection Committee

Now that BCS commissioners have come to the consensus that a four-team college football playoff is what's best for the sport, the discussion now turns to how, exactly, the four semifinalists should be chosen. Polls have come under scrutiny for potential bias, and you will be hard pressed to find anybody who likes computer formulas. According to Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, both may soon be rendered irrelevant. Commissioners reportedly prefer using a selection committee to determine the field, a la the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

While, the selection committee would not require teams to win their conference championships, it could certainly be a factor among committee members. As of yet, there isn't anything explicitly preventing something like last year's Alabama-LSU rematch from happening, however.

CBSSports' Brett McMurphy also tweeted that it is very likely that the semifinals will be played on bowl sites.

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College Football Playoffs: Consensus Reached On Four-Team Playoff

A consensus has been reached on a four-team playoff system for college football.

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