BCS considers neutral-site proposal

With another round of BCS meetings set to take place this week, it appears neutral sites could be the favored format for a four-team playoff.

ESPN colleague Mark Schlabach reports a playoff is a near certainty, citing a source. All 11 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick have been discussing a four-team playoff. The source told Schlabach:

"I don't know how they could walk back at this point, but they might," the source said. "I think because they're dealing in a world of compromise, I think there's a chance they could only tweak the current system and only deal with No. 1 vs. No. 2. But I think they're too far out on a limb to turn back now."

A proposal to play the semifinal games at the home stadiums of the higher-seeded teams is all but dead, according to the source. The semifinal games will either be hosted by the existing BCS bowl games or opened for bidding. The source said it seemed almost certain that the national championship game will be opened to bidding by the existing BCS bowl sites and other cities such as Atlanta, Dallas and Indianapolis.

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