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Playoffs!

June 27, 2012

Finally!

A committee of university presidents approved a plan Tuesday for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences.

Playoffs!

Instead of simply matching the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in a title game after the regular season, the way the BCS has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals.

…No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The sites of those games will rotate among six bowls.

…The winners of the semis will advance to the championship on the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the last semifinal. The first “Championship Monday” is set for Jan. 12, 2015.

The site of the title game will move around the way the Super Bowl does, with cities bidding for the right to host.

There’s only one thing that could make this any better, and that thing is: quarterfinals!

But hey, let’s not let the perfectly-executed pitch-option touchdown pass be the enemy of the broken-play improvisation that barely struggles over the first few white blades of grass.

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