NY, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Bowl Championship Series commissioners are expected to recommend a six bowl rotation when they meet on Monday in Denver.
The possibility of a seventh bowl for the Pac-12 and Big 12 is unlikely, according to sources.
It was meant to guarantee a spot for the highest rated champion from the smaller conferences or Group of Five (the Big East, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt). However, they can still get access within the six bowls.
Among the obstacles involved by adding a seventh access bowl include the bowl’s lesser worth compared to the other access bowls, difficulty of selling tickets for an annual bowl featuring the “Group of Five” and finding a bowl that wants to host the game that also meets the stadium capacity requirements to host the national semifinals.
The SEC and Big Ten share a second contract bowl with Notre Dame, increasing the number of their conference teams with guaranteed access to the major bowls and in turn more revenue for those leagues. The other power conferences — the Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC — only have one contract bowl and the “Group of Five” has none.
“Mike Aresco (Big East commissioner) and Larry Scott (Pac-12 commissioner) will press it all the way to get an audience with the presidents, but I don’t think it will change the outcome,” a source said.
It’s yet to be determined if the Group of Five’s highest-rated champion or highest-rated team would be guaranteed an access bowl bid or if that team would have to meet a minimum ranking requirement — such as finishing in the top 15 or top 25.
Other recommendations the commissioners are expected to forward to the Presidential Oversight Committee include are other aspects of a new playoff format, venue for the national championships, a new name for the playoff and revenue distribution, the sources said.