Because it's excitement paired with uncertainty, a number of questions are being raised by the news of a four-team college football playoff.
We know that it will be four teams. We don't know exactly how those teams will be selected, and we don't know if any existing BCS bowl names will continue to be used as part of the playoff.
There are many other questions too, and Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples does his best to provide as clear answers he can based on what he's learned from the ongoing meetings between BCS commissioners.
Here are some abbreviated answers from Staples' piece, which you should read for a further education on where the playoff proposal stands:
- What will this event be called? It's still a working title. How about Three SEC Teams and a Baby?
- How will the teams be selected? A committee seems like the most logical solution, because every current option "stinks."
- Where will the games be played? If Jerry Jones has his way, plan on Arlington, Texas, being an annual host for at least one of these playoff games.
- When does this extravaganza start? Get ready to party like it's 1999 on January 1, 2015.
Clearly, there's plenty of elements to the college football playoff that need to be buttoned up.