After much deliberation and discussion, the commissioners of the 11 Division 1-A college football conferences have reached an agreement on a four-team playoff, starting in 2014. The commissioners stood in unity at a brief press conference to stand behind the plan...that they also declined to elaborate on. So what is it?
Reports indicate that it's a four-team playoff. The semi-final games will be played within the framework of the existing bowl system on a rotating, predefined basis. Each year, two bowls will be designated as a semifinal site and will forgo their traditional lineup. The national championship game will be bid out nationally like the Super Bowl, so while it could be played in Pasadena, Phoenix, Dallas, or New Orleans, it could also be played in St. Louis, Detroit, or Indianapolis.
Just because the commissioners have reached agreement doesn't mean this is a done deal. This agreement is just a recommendation; the Presidential Oversight Committee will make the final decision next week. So it's not a done deal, especially if Harvey Perlman has anything to say about it. Which everybody knows he will...but will he change his tune in private?
That's the $50,000 question that remains to be seen.