Report: 7th bowl for smaller conferences appears less likely

Chris Graythen

College football has starting leaning toward just six marquee bowl games starting in 2014 under the new playoff format.

The powers that be in college football are probably going to stick with six access bowl games starting in 2014 with the revamped postseason format, according to ESPN.com.

For awhile, there had been talk amongst the NCAA of adding a seventh access bowl to help teams from the non-power conferences (Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt) earn a spot in a high-profile contest.

However, momentum has slowed on the idea because of many issues. One of the biggest problems would be finding a bowl that would want to host a game it may not be able to sellout.

Another is a question of profitability. The Rose and Champions bowls are expected to bring in $80 million each, while the seventh proposed bowl would likely generate $25 million.

A source close to the situation says the idea had traction but now doesn't appear to be a likely option.

"Three weeks ago it was probably 90-10 (that a seventh bowl game would happen), now I would put it at less than 50 percent."

The six bowls that currently factor into the playoff format are the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar/Cotton, Rose, Champions and Chick-fil-A.

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