Will this increase Boise State's chances for a national title?
WASHINGTON -- College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead.
A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.
The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have been working on a new way to determine a college football champion. Instead of simply matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in a championship game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3.
The winners will advance the national championship game.
University of Idaho president Dr. Duane Nellis was on the committee that voted in favor of the playoff, and told KTVB that the system would benefit college football in numerous ways.
"It does create more, I think, opportunities because it includes not only the Champions Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Rose bowl, but also three additional bowls," Nellis said Tuesday afternoon. "And I think if the revenue estimates are even close, than I think that could be significant for for teams like Idaho, or others at the mid-major level."
Nellis also said that he believes the change will help mid-major teams like Boise State have a shot at playing for a title, and could have even helped the Broncos in the past.
"If this system had been in place since the inception of the BCS, the Mountain West, the WAC, Boise State for example, I think would have been in one of these bowl games last year."
The teams that make up the playoff will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set.
There are still some details to work out, but all the decision-makers are on board.