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Weekly rankings for playoff teams

The committee that will determine who plays in the four-team football playoff will be busy for at least half the season.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told the South Bend Tribune that the members will create weekly standings of 20 teams starting at about midseason.

"We didn't want the top four teams to just come out of the blue at the end of the season," Swarbrick said.

The BCS presidential oversight committee finalized the four-team playoff Tuesday.

It begins with the 2014 season with four seeded teams chosen by the committee — with an emphasis on strength of schedule and conference champions — to meet in semifinals on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and the winners playing on a Monday night. No conference champion will automatically qualify.

Six bowls will rotate hosting the games. The four current BCS bowls — Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta — are expected to be included. The Chick-fil-A in Atlanta and Cotton in Dallas already have announced their intention to bid on games. The Champions Bowl, recently created by the SEC and Big 12, is expected to bid, and Tampa's Outback Bowl also is expected to have a shot at the rotation.

SI.com reported Thursday that the selection committee also will pick the teams for the other four bowls, which also would be played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Swarbrick, part of the committee that recommended the four-team playoff to the presidents, said he envisions four tiers of bowls.

"There's a championship tier of the semis and the final," he said. "There's a tier of the other bowls involved in hosting the semis over a period of time, the six — we'll call them BCS bowls.

"Then I think there will be another tier of sort of featured games outside that system because of the location and history that will be pretty good games. And then there will be a fourth tier."

One detail that remains to be solved is the distribution of revenue.

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said Thursday that a revenue-split subcommittee has been formed and will feature six conference commissioners: Bob Bowlsby (Big 12), Jim Delany (Big Ten), Mike Slive (SEC), John Swofford (ACC), Jon Steinbrecher (Mid-American) and Craig Thompson (Mountain West).

Rose Bowl: ESPN agreed to a 12-year extension, through 2026, to air the game that normally pits the winners of the Big Ten and the Pac-12. The network will keep the rights to the game regardless if it hosts a national semifinal or final, which likely would not include those conference's champions. The television rights to the other games have not been determined. The 2026 Rose Bowl will mark the end of the four-team playoff's initial 12-year run.

USF: The school exercised a five-year option for its lease with the Tampa Sports Authority to use Raymond James Stadium for home games through 2016. For each game last season, USF paid $145,000 plus up to $2.50 per ticket sold. The rate for the next five seasons will be negotiated "based on the Authority's actual direct costs of operating the stadium."

Men's basketball: Point guard Major Canady of Saltsburg, Pa., orally committed to USF. Canady, a senior in the fall, also considered Stanford, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Tennessee and Connecticut, according to high school coach Daryn Freedman.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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