The BCS meetings begin Wednesday and, as Mark Schlabach writes, after 143 years, college football will likely settle the debate about the best way to crown a champion.
As a pivotal month begins, Schlabach looks at what's next in the negotiations and what is left to be settled.
Schlabach also looks at what each conference's stance will be. Here's the Big 12:
The Big 12 and SEC announced last month that their champions will play in a postseason bowl game, a relationship similar to the Big Ten and Pac-12 meeting in the Rose Bowl. As such, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said his league has lined up with the SEC, which favors having the top four teams in the playoff, instead of only conference champions.
But after Big 12 champion Oklahoma State finished No. 3 behind LSU and Alabama in the final BCS standings last season, the Big 12 also wants a selection committee to pick the four teams. Neinas said the Big 12 favors playing the semifinals outside of the BCS bowls but realizes most of the other leagues want to incorporate the semifinals into the existing BCS bowl games.
To get all you need to know about the meetings, read the full story.
Ivan Maisel looks back at the long war of attrition between bowls and playoffs. Maisel says its easy to follow the timeline of the debate: Just look at every year in which a controversial champion was crowned.
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