The second-to-last season in the Bowl Championship Series is headed for another possible controversy with three undefeated teams vying for two national title spots.
The good news is that BCS commissioners meeting in Denver on Monday have sorted out several details for the four-team playoff that will replace the BCS in 2014.
The commissioners have agreed with the Presidential Oversight Committee on a new system that will have six major bowls, not seven as recently suggested, with guaranteed access provided to the so-called Group of 5 conferences.
A selection committee will determine the four playoff teams and also place other top teams into other access bowls. The Western Athletic Conference's decision to drop football after this year will leave the sport with five major conferences: the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten. The Group of 5 conferences will be the Big East, Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American and Conference USA.
Rather than create a seventh bowl to accommodate the Group of 5, the selection committee will provide an automatic bid for the highest-ranked team from those conferences.