New BCS bowl game unlikely
Bristol, CT, United States (4E Sports) – The proposal for a seventh access bowl becoming part of the BCS is becoming less likely.
According to a report, the commissioners of the BCS appear ready to stick with their original plan of only having six in the new playoff format.
Sources told ESPN that the seventh game plan will likely never go beyond the idea stage as big time college football prepares for a coming playoff.
The game would give smaller conferences guaranteed access, pitting the top-ranked champion from the five non-power conferences (Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt) annually against a team from either the Big 12 or Pac-12.
Sources cited a number of obstacles stand in the way of another game, including the bowl’s lesser worth compared to the other access bowls, the difficulty of selling tickets and finding a bowl that wants to host the game that also meets the stadium capacity requirements for an access bowl and the national semifinals..
The champions of the power conferences (SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC) all have a guaranteed spot in the access — or high-revenue — bowls that will begin after the 2014 regular season, the first year of college football’s new four-team playoff.
“I think everyone has realized the seventh bowl is not on the level with the other contract bowls,” a source said. “The question was, how much can we get for this game? It didn’t sound like it was a lot.”