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Report: Seventh access bowl for BCS unlikely

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A seventh access bowl as proposed doesn't appear likely, and BCS commissioners may stay with a plan of a six-team playoff format, according to an ESPN.com report.

When the commissioners met in September, it was reported that a possibility of creating a seventh access bowl had been discussed. The idea was to give smaller conferences access, and have the top-ranked champion from the five non-power conferences face a team from either the Big 12 or Pac-12 each year.

A number of obstacles have made that possibility unlikely, including the bowl's lesser value compared to the other access bowls, a source told ESPN.com.

The champions of the power conferences -- SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC -- each earn a spot in the access bowls that begin after the 2014 regular season, the first year of college football's new four-team playoff.

"I think everyone has realized the seventh bowl isn't on the level with the other contract bowls," the source told ESPN.com. "The question was, how much can we get for this game? It didn't sound like it was a lot."

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