College Football Playoffs: Bowl Sites Favored, But Campus Games Still Alive

First on the agenda for the BCS as conference commissioners decide what to do about this four-team playoff they're now stuck with delivering: figuring out where to play the games. SI.com's Stewart Mandel reports that while the model that would tie each current BCS bowl to a certain conference (a "six-bowl event" featuring two upgraded bowls, likely including the Cotton) is the favorite, campus games shouldn't be ruled out just yet.

The bowl plan would associate each BCS conference with a bowl, which would provide some really vague semblance of home field advantage to the higher seed. Mandel notes he actually proposed the plan three years ago. However, about 40 percent of commissioners are still into the idea of holding semifinal games at the regular home venues of higher-seeded teams, Mandel reports.

As for what the bowl plan would've looked like over the last 14 years of the BCS, Pacific Takes has the complete breakdown. A sample:

Top four team format
#1 LSU vs. #4 Stanford (Sugar)
#2 Alabama vs. #3 Oklahoma State (Fiesta) (since Oklahoma State won their conference, can't imagine anyone consenting to two Sugar Bowls)

Championship Game somewhere.

Rose Bowl stays intact, Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Conference champions format
#1 LSU vs. #10 Wisconsin (Sugar)
#3 Oklahoma State vs. #5 Oregon (Fiesta)

Rose Bowl probably becomes consolation Big Ten/Pac-12 game, like Michigan vs. Stanford. Tradition preserved!

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