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Commissioners, Presidents Approve Four-Team Playoff To Replace BCS

The restructured college football postseason will begin with the 2014 regular season.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is seen prior to the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is seen prior to the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A four-team playoff is coming to major, Division I college football, and quickly. Beginning with the 2014 regular season, a selection committee will determine the top four teams -- seeding them No. 1 through No. 4 -- and stage a semifinals followed by a national championship game. The No. 1 seed will play the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed will play the No.3 seed, with the winners to square off in the title game.

On Tuesday in Washington D.C., a presidential oversight committee, composed of conference commissioners and university presidents, approved the plan, which brings an end to 14 years under the BCS.

"By making this change we felt we could enhance the regular season but at the same time provide the fans with the kind of postseason that will contribute to the regular season," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told reporters.

The 12-year deal is scheduled to run through the 2025 regular season. The current BCS deal runs through 2013.

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