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College football roundup: Commissioners approve 6 bowls for semifinal games

The SportsXchange

The college football playoff system that will be implemented for the 2014 season will consist of six rotating access bowls, with the champions of the five major conferences getting an automatic berth and the highest rated champion from the "Group of Five" conferences also receiving an automatic berth.

The BCS commissioners and Presidential Oversight Committee on Monday approved the arrangement, which provides 12 berths in the six games.

Three of the six access bowls have been determined - Rose, Sugar and Orange - and the other three have yet to be named, although the Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls are the leading contenders.

Those six bowls will operate on a rotating basis to play host to the semifinal games of the four-team national championship playoff, which begins in two years.

The champions of the Pac-12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12 each will receive an automatic berth in the access bowls.

The Big East would no longer receive an automatic berth into the major bowls as it does now. The conference would be included in the "Group of Five," which also includes Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt and the Mid-American Conference. The highest rated of those five conference champions would also be assured a berth in one of the six access bowls.

With Notre Dame also guaranteed a berth if it qualifies, it means seven of the 12 spots in the access bowls would be guaranteed. The other five slots would be selected on an at-large basis, based on ranking determined by a committee.

---Louisville running back Senorise Perry is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL during the first quarter of Saturday's loss at Syracuse, the Courier-Journal reported Monday.

Perry leads the Cardinals with 705 yards even though he has not started a game this year.

---Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is looking to trademark his 'Johnny Football' nickname, according to

Manziel's family is hoping to capitalize off the nickname in the future.

"Texas A&M is working in concert with the Manziel family to trademark the nickname," said Shane Hinckley, Texas A&M's assistant vice president of business development.

---CBS earned a 6.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Texas A&M's upset 29-24 win over Alabama on Saturday afternoon, according to Sports Business Daily.

That represented the second-best overnight rating for any college football game on any network this season.

The only game to score higher was CBS' Alabama-LSU in primetime on Nov. 3, which had a 7.0 rating.

The Texas A&M-Alabama game peaked at a 9.8 rating from 7-7:15 p.m. ET.

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