Though Vanderbilt and national football championship never have been synonymous, the Commodores were just as interested as their SEC counterparts about a proposed playoff.
But for a different reason.
“I think this was inevitable,” Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams said. “But we wanted to make sure that the bowls were preserved.”
Vanderbilt got its wish, as did most of the rest of college football, when a committee of university presidents approved a four-team playoff on Tuesday night.
Since 1998, the BCS has paired the top two teams in the national championship game.
Starting with the 2014 season, though, there will be two national semifinals to decide who lands in the title game on Jan. 12, 2015. Plus, the new playoff system still allows schools to profit from the more than 30 bowl games.
“I think for individual schools it really doesn’t have a different impact,” Williams said. “I think the SEC will be well-positioned because, if you look at the last years, we probably would be one of the conferences that would always have one of the teams in the top four. ... I think down the road it pushes the needle to the real strong conferences.”
An SEC school has won the national championship in football the last six years.
“I think the fans and the media for years have called for a different type of playoff so you’ll see a lot of interest in it,” Williams said. “You’ll see probably increased revenue coming in somewhere as it relates to bidding out that championship game and probably more money coming into the bowls as they get to host the other games.”