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Consensus Reached On Four-Team College Football Playoff System

A consensus has been reached on a four-team playoff system that will determine college football's champion.

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Atlanta Plans To Bid To Host College Football Playoff Title Game

While the four-team college football playoff that was agreed on by conference commissioners and university presidents is certainly a step in the right direction, it's far from perfect. It is, at least, honest if nothing else.

The playoff system will rotate between six bowl games, with the national championship game each year going to the highest bidding bowl game. Jerry Jones, among others, already announced his intention to try to bring the title game to Dallas, and Atlanta executives aren't far behind Jones.

Those efforts, they said Wednesday, will include a bid by Atlanta to host the championship game for one or more years and probably a bid by the Chick-fil-A Bowl to become a regular rotating site for semifinal games.

"We will do everything we can to position our community and hopefully be successful in the process," said Dan Corso, executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council. "... Obviously a lot of cities will be interested in pursuing this, but we think Atlanta would be a premiere site for the championship game."

It's unknown how much it would cost to bring the title game to Atlanta -- or any city for that matter. It will likely be a substantial figure, but, as Corso said, Atlanta would be an excellent choice to host a title game.

We'll see how this story develops over time, but expect lots of cities to express interest in the title game in the coming weeks and months.


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College Football Playoff: Four-Team Format Is Now Official

College football's national champion will now longer be at the mercy of the BCS. Starting with the 2014 season, a plan has been officially approved by a presidential oversight committee for a four-team, three game playoff. A group of 11 conference commissioners as well as Notre Dame's athletic director presented the plan to a panel of 12 college presidents on Tuesday, who approved.

Some questions were answered, while new ones developed. Among the details released at a press conference in Washington, D.C., is that a selection committee - and not the current BCS ratings system - will choose the four teams. The teams will be selected without the requirement of a conference championship.

As for the host sites, 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. Ostensibly, two more slots are open, with the Cotton Bowl rumored as a favorite to join the group.

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 Playoff: BCS Commissioners Prefer Selection Committee

With BCS commissioners having thrown their support behind a four-team playoff, attention now turns to how the field will be selected. According to Sports Ilustrated's Stewart Mandel, the commissioners prefer using a selection committee, a la the NCAA men's basketball tournament, over a formula incorporating polls and/or computers.

While the committee would not be required to select conference champions, it could certainly factor into their decision-making. Still, there is nothing explicitly preventing something like last year's Alabama-LSU rematch from happening.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy also suggests that, more than likely, the semifinal games will be played in bowls as opposed to on-campus sites.

Georgia Bulldogs fans can head over to Dawg Sports to discuss the news, while Georgia Tech fans can head over to From The Rumble Seat.

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Consensus Reached On Four-Team College Football Playoff System

A consensus has been reached on a four-team playoff system that will determine college football's champion.

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