College Football Playoff is name of BCS replacement
The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts after the 2014 regular season
PASADENA, Calif. — The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.
The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts after the 2014 regular season on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings.
This week the commissioners also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation and the site of the first championship game, to be held Jan. 12, 2015.
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is considered the likely venue for the first title game.
The website collegefootballplayoff.com is up and running and allowing fans to vote on a new logo through noon PDT Monday.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock will hold the same position in the playoff system.
Of the College Football Playoff name, Hancock said, "It's really simple. It gets right to the point. Nothing cute. Nothing fancy. We decided it would be best to call it what it is."
Premiere Sports Management in Overland Park, Kan., was hired to help come up with a name and brand the new system. A committee of commissioners handled the naming and Hancock said it ran through "in the neighborhood of three dozen" names.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, "We're clearly trying to make a clear break from the BCS."
Scott also said, "I don't think you can ever go too wrong calling something what it is."
The new postseason format will create two national semifinals, usually played on New Year's Day, with the winners advancing. The six bowls in the playoff rotation will host marquee, BCS-type games during the seasons they do not host a semifinal.
Three semifinal spots have been decided: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls.
Four other bowls have bid for the final three spots. The clear front-runners are the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta.
The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also put in a bid, but even its organizers have acknowledged they are not likely to prevail.
• New Mexico and coach Bob Davie agreed on a two-year extension, meaning his contract runs through 2019.
Ex-Notre Dame coach Davie, 58, was 4-9 last season, his first with the Lobos.