College football hot shots will meet again next week to try and narrow down the plans for the future of the sport's postseason. SI.com's Stewart Mandel reports the sentiment is indeed that a plus-one game will happen, at the very least, though a four-team tournament is still in play.
Elsewhere in that piece, Mandel passes along the frustrations of bowl committee people, who've found themselves largely left out of the debate. BCS bowl reps will have 30 minutes each to plead their cases next week, but that's it. It takes quite a bit to get a playoff supporter to sympathize with bowl suits, but that almost did it.
Luckily, elsewhere the head of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl laments the lack of quality bowl teams that would result from a playoff. Last year, that bowl's participants combined to field a losing record. So. Sympathizing was further stunted when the Fiesta Bowl chief says his game would do a better job of hosting a major college football game than State College would, thanks to its many volunteers.
Penn State seems capable of handling major college football games, as far as attendance goes. They do it seven times a year, while the Fiesta Bowl does it once. And I'd imagine a football-crazed college campus could round up a few volunteers for a national semifinal involving the home team.
Also, the Rose Bowl denies having anything to do with the now-infamous Rose Bowl plan, which would've turned the storied game into a third-wheel playoff game. With the Pac-12 also previously washing its hands, that leaves only the Big Ten, since nobody's buying my theory that Conference USA just really loves the Rose Bowl.