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College Football Playoffs: Semifinals Could Rotate Among Seven Bowls

The future NCAA playoff system could add a seventh bowl game to its semifinal rotation. Nothing definite has been decided, according to Sports Illustrated, but the option for a seventh bowl appears on the table. University presidents approved a playoff plan in June that would rotate the semifinals among six bowl games.

Under the agreed-upon format, two of the six bowl games would the semifinals each year. The other four, meanwhile, would host high-profile games of their own. For non-semifinal years, three bowl games have decided to host match-ups based on conference tie-ins. The Rose Bowl would keep its matchup the Big Ten and Pac 12. The Champions Bowl (for which Atlanta still remains in the running) would pit a Big 12 team against an SEC team. And the Orange Bowl would pit an ACC team against either Notre Dame, and SEC team, or a Big 10 team. The other three bowls, one of which could be the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, have chosen to allow open access. They will be able to choose teams from any conference in the country.

According to Team Speed Kills, a seventh bowl would also have open access. Such an arrangement might give more access to smaller-conference teams to play in high-profile games.

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