The 2014 season welcomes in a new era in college football. The 16-year history of the Bowl Championship Series is now just that: history. Enter the first season of the much-talked-about College Football Playoff format for determining the national champion in college football.
Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff (Hancock also served in the same capacity for the BCS) talked about some of the particulars concerning the new playoff format at Big 12 Football Media Days recently.
Hancock told reporters that the four college teams that will participate in the inaugural championship playoff will be selected by a special committee that will take into account the following main criteria: strength of schedule, head-to-head results, common opponent results and league championship wins.
The No. 1-seeded team in the playoff selection will go against the No. 4-seeded team. The No. 1 seed also will receive the best possible home-field advantage, according to Hancock. For the foreseeable future, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will become a college football fan’s showcase, with a college tripleheader, for both days.
In addition to the two College Playoff semifinal contests, which will be held at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2014 season, the Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will also be played over the Dec. 31-Jan. 1 two-day period. The 2014-15 national championship game will be held on Monday, Jan, 12 at the site of the Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
The College Football Playoff will rotate among six different bowl sites: Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach. Hancock said Phoenix (Fiesta Bowl) will be the championship game site in 2015, followed by Tampa, Fla.
“This will change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve in this country,” Hancock told the Dallas Morning News. “When we go to out New Year’s Eve parties, they better have a television set or we’re not going to go, period.
“We’re going to have a great celebration of the game for the weekend leading up to the championship game,” he said. “The playoff provides universal access. There’s no more automatic qualification. And, yes, everyone benefits financially.”
Oliver Luck, athletic director at West Virginia, will represent the Big 12 on the College Football Playoff selection committee.