College football playoffs likely to stick with 6 BCS-like bowls, according to report

Andy Lyons

Less powerful conferences want the coming college football playoff system's top level to include more bowls, but there's a reason they're less powerful conferences. Also, money money money money money money money money.

College football's playoff will include a rotating semifinal format involving six bowl games, likely spread across two days near New Year's Day. It'll likely be the current BCS bowls, plus the Chick-fil-A and Cotton, with the national championship game following at a bid-out location a week later. This much we've known!

The biggest question at the moment, other than what to do with all this money and now that the Sugar Bowl is officially the SEC/Big 12 bowl, is whether a seventh bowl will join in, as the Big East and other conferences without AQ (the "AQ" concept is supposed to be dead, but is totally not one bit dead at all) tie-ins want. But Brett McMurphy's reporting that's not likely to happen:

This week sources told ESPN the seventh access bowl is, for all intents and purposes, "dead."

"In reality it's dead," a source said. "(Big East commissioner) Mike Aresco and (Pac-12 commissioner) Larry Scott will press it all the way to get an audience with the presidents, but I don't think it will change the outcome."

Reasons in McMurphy's report include a seventh bowl projecting as being worth less than half as much money per year as the Orange Bowl ($60 million) -- which is itself not on the same level as the Rose and Sugar ($80 million) -- six-bowl arrangement's scheduling simplicity and consistent level of prestige from game to game (which of the current bowls would you say has enough cachet to be named alongside the Rose and Sugar?) and so forth, all of which we can translate as, "money money money money, money money; money money money money, money, money, money," and, "money."

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