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College Football Playoff: The BCS Is Officially Dead, As The Four-Team Format Is Approved

The "Death to the BCS" is complete: A four-team playoff format to determine college football's national champion starting with the 2014 season was officially approved on Tuesday night. A presidential oversight committee of 12 college presidents reviewed a presentation of the three-game, four-team format submitted by a group of 11 conference commissioners as well as Notre Dame's athletic director.

In addition to the two-team format of the BCS going away, so too will its often controversial ratings system. Among the details released at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening is that a selection committee, the makeup of which is to be determined, will choose the four teams without a requirement of a conference championship.

Relevant to Dallas, there's now room for two new "BCS level" bowls: A rotation of six bowl games will share hosting duties for the two semifinal games and a neutral site for the title game. Those six bowls were not named, and currently only four bowls - the Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Orange - are members of the BCS. The proposed deal will extend for 12 years, through the 2025 season.

While Tuesday's announcement made the four-team, three-game playoff format official, there are many questions that have not been answered, specifically who the committee will be comprised of, how they'll select teams and how the revenue of the three-game playoff will be distributed.

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