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College Football Playoffs: Chick-fil-A Bowl Could Be Appealing To New BCS

College Football continues to explore changes and one potential idea could have Atlanta's Chick-fil-A Bowl part of a reconfigured BCS.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  A general view during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2011 Chick Fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: A general view during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2011 Chick Fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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College football and the BCS are preparing for radical changes to the way the National Champion is crowned each year. A new plan according to SI.com's Stewart Mandel calls for the addition of two more bowl games to the existing BCS setup. Two of those four games would function as a semi-final tournament to decide the eventual champion. The other four bowls would serve as a potential undercard to the playoff and would likely be played out around New Year's day.

So if the new plan does happen then the BCS would be looking for two more bowls to include. SB Nation's Jason Kirk makes a case for Atlanta's Chick-fil-A Bowl and it is a strong one.

I'd point out Atlanta's a major media market with overt ties to the SEC, ACC and (soon) Sun Belt, plus enormous reserves of Big Ten alumni somehow -- and we'll need two bowls to tie with each conference, in case of two teams from the same conference taking the top two spots.

Kirk also acknowledges the Cotton Bowl as an obvious choice which would make the BCS look like this:

Rose Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
Sugar Bowl
Orange Bowl
Cotton Bowl
Chick-fil-A Bowl

That spreads out potential BCS games throughout the country and has an existing set of conference ties that would no doubt help the process. Its an interesting theory and one that surely will be discussed at length in the coming months. The BCS plans to have the new system in place by 2014.

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