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BCS President Charles Steger and the oversight committee has approved a deal for a 4-team college football playoff to begin with the 2014 season. The Presidents discussed having a playoff system similar to college basketballs but chose to limit it to four teams in order to preserve the significance of the regular season. They considered an 8 team playoff and a 16 team playoff but did not choose those because of academic concerns. The BCS has in place a twelve year agreement for the playoff system.

The commissioners of the 11 major college football conferences and Notre Dame’s athletic director gathered Tuesday in the nation’s capital to approve a four-team playoff to a panel of 12 university presidents.

The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have been working on a new way to determine a college football champion. Instead of simply matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in a championship game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3.

The winners will advance the national championship game.

The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set.

The group of presidents also endorsed a rotation of the semifinal games among six bowl sites and rotation of the championship game among neutral sites. The championship game will be managed by the conferences and will not be branded as a bowl game. The group also announced the creation of a selection committee that will rank the teams to play in the playoff, “giving all the teams an equal opportunity to participate.” The committee will consider win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and whether a team is a conference champion.

“A four team playoff doesn’t go too far, it goes just the right amount,” said Virginia Tech president Charles Sterger. “We are very pleased with this arrangement even though some issues & remain to be finalized.”

“This was timely, had to be done,” former Big 12 acting commissioner Chuck Neinas said before Tuesday’s meetings began. “(It was in) response to the public, response to the interest in college football. The BCS has done a great deal in helping promote college football, and there’s a general feeling we need to do something better to determine a national champion.”

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