BCS Presidential Oversight Committee & 4-Team Playoff..

One thing I have had trouble finding any information on during the last month as the individual conferences take sides regarding a new college football playoff is how a vote on a new playoff would be structured. Is it just the 6 BCS conferences + Notre Dame that have a vote or are do all (11) conferences have a vote? Does vote need to be unanimous or just a majority? While doing my morning review on the latest articles speculating about the new college football playoff, I came across this link from the Arizona Central: = "A final decision on a four-team playoff system could come as soon as June 26 in Washington, D.C., when university presidents and chancellors who oversee the BCS will gather. That BCS Presidential Oversight Committee includes representatives from 11 college-football conferences and the University of Notre Dame."

While the above quote from the Arizona Central article doesn't verify the format of this month's Washington D.C. vote on a new college football playoff, it does clarify how the current BCS structure makes decisions with oversight from a "BCS Presidential Oversight Committee" that consists of representatives from all (11) college football conferences and Notre Dame. I decided to look further into this BCS Presidential Oversight Committee and found the following: = "The conference commissioners and the Notre Dame athletics director make decisions regarding all BCS issues, in consultation with an athletics directors advisory group and subject to the approval of a 12-person presidential oversight committee whose members represent all 120 FBS programs."…………………………………………………………………

"The 11 BCS conferences have a contract with ESPN to televise the games through the 2013-14 season.

  • Revenue. Each conference whose team qualifies automatically for the BCS receives approximately $18 million in net revenue. A second team qualifying brings an additional $4.5 million to its conference. Notre Dame receives approximately $1.3 million. Army and Navy also receive $100,000 each, and the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision conferences share approximately $2 million.
  • Economic impact. The total economic impact in the host cities from the five BCS games in January 2009, was estimated at more than $1.2 billion.
  • Access. Each conference had an opportunity to earn annual automatic qualification through a four-year evaluation covering the regular seasons of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences met the threshold and earned automatic qualification through the 2013-14 season. A seventh conference could qualify for the 2012-13 and 2-14 bowl season based on an evaluation of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 regular seasons.
  • Additionally, institutions can qualify in any given season by meeting certain thresholds."

So while we can't confirm that the voting body hasn't changed format with this latest discussion of a college football playoff, we can at least speculate the same 11-conference + Notre Dame oversight committee will oversee the June 26 meeting at which it is speculated that a new 4-team college football playoff format will be submitted for approval. This means that any speculation on how such a vote will go should not only include the conferences currently referred to as BCS conferences, but the points of views on the Mountain West, Conference USA, WAC, MAC, and Sun Belt conferences.

So my question to you is "What college football playoff format most benefits the conferences currently referred to as Non-Automatic Qualifying Conferences"….do Non-AQ conferences benefit more from a playoff structure consisting of 4-conference champions or a 4-team playoff consisting of the top 4-ranked teams?

I would speculate that a current Non-AQ conference would be indifferent on the new 4-team playoff since it is unlikely that there will ever be multiple teams from the same Non-AQ conference ranked in the top 6 of any ranking system and since any Non-AQ team in the top 6 would likely be the conference's champion. The bigger issue to the Non-AQ conferences is a "Strength of Schdule" component being added back into whatever ranking system is adopted to decide who qualifies for a 4-team playoff. Therefore, if you're one of the current (6) BCS conferences and you're trying to ensure that the new college football playoff takes on a form that most satisfies your conference's desires, you are not only taking sides with other BCS conferences, but trying to entice the votes of the Non-AQ conferences.

The Big 12 and SEC in recent days have been vocal that any 4-team playoff selection committee must use "Strength of Schedule" as one of their components for seeding a 4-team playoff. This would not seem to be a wise move if you're trying to buy votes of Non-AQ teams. Assuming that the 11-conference + Notre Dame BCS Presidential Oversight Committee will be the body voting on the new playoff format, I've got to believe that the Big 12 and the SEC are not holding the cards, unless of course the vote needs to be unanimous and not just a majority.

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