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 in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings at a resort hotel in the Rose Bowl’s backyard.
They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system and the site of the first championship game to be held Jan. 12, 2015, this week.
The website collegefootballplayoff.com is up and running and allowing fans to vote on a new logo. It also has a Twitter handle: @cfbplayoff.
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 of the new system. Hancock said they 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.”
The new postseason format will create two national semifinals to be played New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with the winners advancing. The six bowls in the playoff rotation will host marquee, BCS-type games on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day 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 its organizers have acknowledged they are a long shot to land the game.
Those decisions will be announced Wednesday.
The first semifinals will be played at the Rose and Sugar bowls.
Arlington is the favorite to land that first championship game.