Don’t think that the powerful conferences chiefs did what they did, changing the postseason scenario in College Football from what it was into a four team playoff just for the love of the sport. As with everything, even in amateurish sports, like College sports, it’s about the amount of money that there is to be made.
The conference presidents and Notre Dame officially made the playoff a real thing. It’ll begin in 2014, and run through 2025. A change, but not too much of a change, just like how the powers to be like it. The Semifinals, likely to be played on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, will be rotated among six bowl sites, while the final will be played on the first Monday of January that is six or more days from the semifinals. The venue? The city that’ll be the highest bidder. Money, right?
Wait, there’s more. There will be three contract bowls. 1. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 get to keep their precious Rose Bowl tradition alive. 2. The Championship bowl between the SEC and the Big-12 and another bowl for the ACC, probably remaining with the Orange Bowl. What about the Big East? Well, there’s no such thing as an AQ and non-AQ conference anymore, but the Big East don’t seem to be in the plans of the six major bowl games. With the current spread of power, schools and talent, it’s hard to see the Big East getting into the playoff anytime soon.
Now there’s all this committee questions. We know the committee will chose the four teams in the semifinals according to win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion. But who will be those seating as committee members? Will they even consider teams and schools from the former non-AQ conferences, or is this just another spin on making this a closed club for big names? The biggest question – money, how will it be spread about?
There’s a lot of speculation going on, but the best idea of what really happens seems to be the power conferences taking most of the money. How? Dividing the revenue based on the league’s past performances, especially taking top 25 spots into consideration since 1998, the first year of the BCS. That’s not the only idea, but it does seem like a likely one. What’s more interesting is that the SEC will enjoy what Missouri and Texas A&M achieved during their Big 12 years.
An interesting idea is splitting the projected $400 million between 125 schools via graduation rates. Any school with less than 60% won’t get anything. Obviously, as this throws the big schools off their power position, it won’t go through.
The beginning of a Playoffs era is nice, requested. But still a lot of questions to be answered, and still that feeling above all of this, that it might not be as much of a change as everyone thought. Just a different way for the powerful conferences and schools to tighten their hold on College Football and its money.