College football's new playoff format is taking shape with the Rose and Sugar bowls most likely hosting the first major-college national semifinals in back-to-back games on Jan. 1, 2015.
CBSSports.com stressed that nothing has been finalized, but according to one source the Rose and Sugar scenario is "likely." The two bowls will be paired as national semifinals four times during the 12-year playoff deal.
During the other eight years, the Rose and Sugar will remain linked with their traditional conference partners -- Pac-12/Big Ten in the Rose Bowl and the SEC/Big 12 in the Sugar Bowl.
"It's done," one source said.
The championship game would be played on the first Monday a week after the semis. It is widely believed that Dallas' Cowboys Stadium will host the first championship of the playoff era in 2015.
The six-bowl playoff format beginning after the 2014 season will feature so-called "contract" bowls Orange, Sugar and Rose tied to conferences. The other three bowls will go to open or "access" bowls without conference affiliations. The Fiesta Bowl as well as venues in Dallas and Atlantaare favorites to get those three spots.
---The exodus continues from LSU as the number of underclassmen leaving for the NFL Draft now stands at seven.
Linemen Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan will enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN.
The three linemen join LSU teammates, safety Eric Reid, linebacker Kevin Minter, cornerback Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware who all have declared for the draft.
---Quarterback Jacoby Brissett and running back Chris Johnson have decided to leave the Florida football program to transfer to another school, the school confirmed Sunday.
Brissett lost the preseason competition to be Florida's starting quarterback to Jeff Driskel. Brissett played sparingly and started one game when Driskel was injured.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Brissett's top choices for a transfer destination are West Virginia, Louisville, Arkansas and North Carolina State.
---Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis said in a statement released by the university that he will return to Wisconsin for his senior season and not enter the NFL Draft. He had 49 receptions for 837 yards and five touchdowns this past season.