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Bye-Bye, BCS: College Football to Get 4-Team Playoff

Switch will begin in 2014

(Newser) - It wasn't just a dream for BCS haters: College football today formally decided to ditch the much-reviled system of picking a champion and switch to a four-team playoff, reports ESPN . The move takes effect in 2014. Though some details remain to be worked out, the AP says a committee... More »

Why Congress Can Boss Big-Time Sports Around

BCS playoff bill the latest in a long line of similar measures

(Newser) - A House subcommittee ushered through a bill that would keep the BCS from billing its title game as the “national championship,” unless the NCAA institutes a playoff system. Where does Congress get off telling college administrators what to do? Well, sports are considered interstate commerce, according to the... More »

House Panel: Kill College's BCS System

Subcommittee passes measure aimed at pushing playoff system

(Newser) - Lots of people hate the BCS college football system, and now a House panel does, too. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas pushed the anti-BCS measure through an Energy and Commerce subcommittee today. It would prevent college football officials from calling any game a "national championship" unless it's the result... More »

Good-Guy Hancock Tasked With Defending Bad BCS

Fighting the rising cry for playoffs is one of sport's worst jobs

(Newser) - Bill Hancock is one of the best-liked people in the sporting world, but he's been tasked with defending one of its most-hated systems, writes Sean Gregory. Hancock, a former director of the Final Four, has been appointed as the first permanent director of the Bowl Championship Series. That makes him... More »

Proposed Law Pushes College Football Playoffs

Bill proposed to do away with controversial BCS process

(Newser) - A flustered Texas lawmaker has decided to fix the college football ranking system that he says "constantly misfires" in sending the two best teams to the championship, the AP reports. Rep. Joe Barton is introducing a bill that would "prohibit the marketing, promotion, and advertising of a postseason... More »

Oklahoma, Florida Will Vie for BCS Title

Teams unstoppable in past few months

(Newser) - Oklahoma and Florida will face each other in the BCS championship, ESPN reports. Their impressive records over the past two months made the teams “easy picks,” though each lost once while other teams were undefeated. In final standings released yesterday, Oklahoma was ranked first, Florida second; their success... More »

Iowa Stuns No. 3 Penn St.; Alabama Wins for Saban

(Newser) - Iowa shocked third-ranked Penn State with a last-second field goal, all but eliminating Joe Paterno's hopes for a third national title, the Des Moines Register reports. Backup kicker Daniel Murray booted a 31-yarder to defeat the Nittany Lions 24-23. Elsewhere, No. 1 Alabama needed overtime to beat LSU 27-21, giving... More »

BCS Rejects Plan to Turn System Into 4-Team Playoff

Format to remain until at least 2014 season

(Newser) - Even a three-game playoff was too much for the BCS. Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan Wednesday to turn the much-criticized system for deciding a national champ into a playoff involving four teams, starting in the 2010 season. The BCS format will remain the same until at least the... More »

Bowl System May Violate Federal Law

Congress explores launching antitrust probe, backing playoff

(Newser) - A Congressional resolution could have the Justice Department looking into whether the college football bowl system is illegal, the AP reports. The authors of the resolution say  the system restricts trade because only the biggest schools seem to have a shot at being voted into the championship game. A look... More »

UGA President Wants to Scrap BCS for Playoff

Head of vital NCAA panel thinks 8-team tourney a real possibility

(Newser) - If University of Georgia President Michael Adams had his way there would be less to gripe about at the water cooler during the bowl season. Adams, who is chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee, wants to replace the confounding Bowl Championship Series with an eight-team playoff. He believes that... More »

LSU Roars Past Ohio State for National Title

Coach Les Miles' squad scores 31 unanswered points after trailing early

(Newser) - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel must have felt a sense of deja vu last night: his team played poorly and lost to a Southeastern Conference team in the BCS title game—just as it did in January 2007. This year's opponent, LSU, beat the Buckeyes, 38-24, backed by four TD... More »

Mountaineers Soar Past Sooners

West Virginia overcomes coach's departure for 48-28 win

(Newser) - University of Phoenix stadium has become a house of horrors for No. 3 Oklahoma, which yesterday lost its second straight Fiesta Bowl there, 48-28, to West Virginia. Pat White rushed for 150 yards and threw for 176 yards and two scores for the Mountaineers, who put aside the distraction surrounding... More »

Gentlemen, Start Your Griping

It's OSU v. LSU in BCS title game, but not everyone's convinced

(Newser) - On January 7, the 11-2 Louisiana State Tigers will find themselves in the BCS title game, the first two-loss team ever to play in the national championship. The Tigers were ranked second in the AP poll following yet another weekend of No. 1 and No. 2 teams dropping like rocks.... More »

Oklahoma Upends No. 1 Missouri

Shocked Tigers' BCS hopes dashed with 38-17 Sooners victory

(Newser) - Missouri may have company in ranks of toppled top-5 teams (12 other Caseys have struck out this season), but that's little comfort for a team whose sights were dead set on the championship game in New Orleans. Instead, a 38-17 loss to Oklahoma leaves the Tigers uncertain of making a... More »

WVU Latest Gridiron Giant to Fall

Unranked Pitt joins the club of BCS spoilers with 13-9 win

(Newser) - For the seventh time this season, an unranked spoiler tripped up a top-ranked team, dashing Superdome dreams and churning up the BCS poll. This time it was Pitt who pounced on West Virginia's Achilles heel: turnovers. The second-ranked Mountaineers gave up three fumbles and couldn't produce in their 13-9 defeat... More »

WVU, Mizzou Rumble Toward BCS Collision

Ohio State, handful of others hope that scenario changes

(Newser) - In a season with eight different No. 2 ranked teams, Missouri and West Virginia are each a win away from the BCS title game. New No. 1 Missouri has the tougher road of the two, playing Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Saturday while the Mountaineers host Pitt in the... More »

Football Rivals Still Fighting the Civil War

Kansas, Missouri Hold Grudges 150 Years Later

(Newser) - Kansas and Missouri play a huge football game today, one that could decide the national champion, and fans on both sides will be fighting a battle that goes back to the Civil War. Look no further than Kansas' nickname, the Jayhawks, which comes from abolitionist guerrillas who killed and raped... More »

Hogs Run Over No. 1 LSU's Hopes For Title

Berth in the BCS finale at Sugar Bowl likely disappears with loss

(Newser) - Arkansas, led by four total TDs from stud running back Darren McFadden, all but ended LSU's shot at a national championship, beating the Tigers 50-48 in triple overtime at Baton Rouge. After the Razorbacks scored and made the two-point conversion in the third extra period, LSU answered with a score... More »

Football BCS At-Large Pool Getting Larger?

Potential for problem at end of regular season spurs possible move

(Newser) - This twists of this college football season have the BCS on alert.  Commissioners in the six BCS conferences will expand the pool of at-large candidates for the major bowl games to 18 if final regular-season rankings make it necessary, reports ESPN.com. Currently, the top 14 teams in the... More »

Illinois Stuns #1 Ohio State

Illini pull off shocking 28-21 win and throw BCS race into turmoil

(Newser) - Illinois went into Ohio Stadium today and stunned the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 28-21, throwing yet another wrench into a national championship race that has featured one upset after another this season. The Illini rode the arm and legs of sophomore quarterback Juice Williams, as he threw 4 TD passes... More »

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