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In the news: College Football Playoff replaces BCS

College Football Playoff replaces BCS

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 www.collegefootballplayoff.com is already up and running and allowing fans to vote on a new logo. It also has a handle of “cfbplayoff” on Twitter

“We’ve decided to call the playoff what it is – the College Football Playoff,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who will hold the same position in the playoff system, said in a statement.

Premiere Sports Management was hired to help come up with a name and brand the new system.

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 play host for 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. Those decisions will be announced today.

– Associated Press

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