College football: Upcoming four-team playoffs given name

Wednesday April 24, 2013 6:50 AM
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The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

The BCS conference commissioners yesterday announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014. They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system and the site of the first championship game to be held on Jan. 12, 2015, over the next two days of meeting.

The website www.collegefootballplayoff.com is up and running and allowing fans to vote on a new logo.

“We’ve decided to call the playoff what it is — the College Football Playoff,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who will hold the same position in the playoff system, said in a statement.

Before the news was reported, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he would be happy with whatever name was selected.

“I’m not good with names — obviously,” Delany said, referring to the Big Ten’s division names, Legends and Leaders, that produced so much negative feedback that the conference has decided to change them.

Three semifinal spots have been decided: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls. Four other bowls have bid for the final three spots. The clear front-runners are the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta. The Holiday Bowl is considered a long shot.

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