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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Football Crown Set

NEW YORK () -- Major college football finally will have a true national championship game, starting after the 1998 season.


ABC Sports, the four conferences comprising the current Bowl Alliance and the conferences involved in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday announced a new system that will guarantee a championship game.


The system will involve:


?Four bowl games -- the Rose, to which ABC holds broadcast rights through 2001, and three to be determined. The Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls are the most likely candidates.


?The champions of the nation's six major conferences: ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big 10, SEC and Pac-10.


?Two at-large teams. Notre Dame, the only remaining major independent, will be able to qualify if it meets certain criteria. If the Irish don't qualify, the at-large teams could be major conference runners-up or any other Division I-A team.


Details of the Super Alliance remain to be worked out, said SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer. But he indicated the two top teams will be determined by some kind of ranking system and that the three bowls not playing host to a national championship will have more flexibility in choosing their participants.