ATLANTA - A BCS playoff system of sorts appears to be on the way.
A bracket system not unlike that used for the NCAA Basketball Tournament - but on a much smaller scale - may be on the way for a true college football playoff system as soon as 2014.
The traditional power conference commissioners - the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, plus the athletic director of independent Notre Dame, have apparently agreed to rotate the national semifinals among the four current BCS bowl games - the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls.
Let's say, for example, the upcoming preseason ranking -- #1, LSU; #2, USC; #3 Alabama and #4, Oregon - would become the four teams selected under this proposal. There is not a consensus on how the four teams would be selected, and the method still has to be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee which meets in five days.
Here's how Atlanta might become part of the scenario. Cities will bid on the opportunity to host the title game, much like they do for the Super Bowl. Its' not very hard to think that cities that do not already have a BCS game in their market, but have great facilities - Atlanta, Dallas and Indianapolis come immediately to mind - would be contenders.
The Atlanta Sports Council says they prefer not to comment until after next week's final stamp of approval, but let's assume that the stadium - dome, open-air or retractable - situation gets all straightened out. It's not difficult to imagine that the new college football national champion may be someday crowned right here in Atlanta.