Now that we're even more sure than we were previously that college football will have a four-team playoff for 2014 and beyond, our attention now turns to what sort of four-team playoff we'll get. This is sort of what's been happening all week, but now it's all official-like.
We also know the order in which the various issues will be determined by each conference as they deliberate before meeting again in June:
First format will be hammered out. When and where games will be played. How teams are selected to be debated later, Larry Scott said.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) April 26, 2012
Semifinal games can either be played on campuses or at neutral sites. They can either incorporate certain bowl games or none at all. They could be put up for bid and tour the country. The title game itself could either land at a bowl or at a bid site.
The whole shebang can be scheduled to end on New Year's Day, as God clearly intended, or at some super strange time that makes no sense.
Selection could come down to a human committee, a revamped BCS computer system or some combination of the two. Conference championships could be a prerequisite for entry, or just any-ol'-body could be let in.
And, most importantly to the decision-makers, somebody's got to decide who gets what cut of money. But! Now we have some general sense of which debates are going to happen first.