The Big 12 will navigate the looming college football playoff as a unique power conference: the only 10-team league, no championship game and no 24-hour channel. The only goal that matters is making a national semifinal. ...more
The ACC is eschewing its $50 million exit fee model in favor of a Grant of Rights, which could solidify the league from the Big Ten or other conference realignment poachers. The league also wants an ACC channel. ...more
The BCS' 'Request for Proposal' for the college football playoff to more than 30 bowl sites asks for an 85 percent cut on revenue/expense margin after the game and no hosting your own bowl games within seven days of the playoff game. ...more
Bowl executives from several cities nationwide are expecting an RFP (Request for Proposal) from the BCS folks any day now.
An RFP is the green light to bid for the college football playoff rotation, the chance to join the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls in the 12-year, high-payout format starting in the 2014 season. ...more
While the ACC works to collect its $50 million exit fee from Maryland, the rest of power college football -- including the Big Ten -- appears in hibernation mode. The Big Ten could push to go to 16 teams, but that might happen after the lawsuit is resolved. ...more
The ACC presidents are on a conference call right now that is "zeroing in" on whether to add Louisville as a 14th member, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Presidents have discussed the possibility of Louisville, UConn, Cincinnati and others in recent days but seem to be settling on the Cardinals, a huge coup for aggressive athletic director Tom Jurich. UConn is seen as the better academic/TV market option, but Louisville has a strong basketball/football presence. ...more
ACC presidents could vote on a Maryland replacement as early as this week to bring the conference back to 14 members. But an expansion to 16 teams is unlikely at this time, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. ...more
The Gators are looking to avoid a third consecutive loss to FSU, which is plenty of motivation entering Saturday's home game at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles still have slim title hopes should they knock off Florida. ...more
Nothing the ACC does to counter Maryland's move to the Big Ten is going to catapult it into some super conference stratosphere. Yes, UConn or Louisville are on the table, and those might be the best two options. Who else is it going to get?
If the ACC doesn't add a 14th team this week, it might be because of logistics. Organizing presidents and committee reps to deliberate, and eventually vote, on something like this can take time. ...more