College Football's Name for Coming Playoff: "College Football Playoff"

By Jason Priestas on April 23, 2013 at 3:41p

According to the ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the name for college football's long awaited playoff will be... ahem... rather non-exotic:

Well, that's certainly one name for the event, which will begin in 2014 and will bring the four "best" teams together for a three-game playoff. ESPN is paying nearly $6 billion to televise College Football Playoff for 12 years and hey, what do you know... Look who registered all the way back in 2003.

The BCS hired Premier Sports Management, the same outfit responsible for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award, to rebrand and help come up with the new name. "College Football Playoff" was also trademarked with the USPTO on March 28, with video games, digital media, jewelry, watches, rings, printed publications and just about anything you can think of listed as uses.

As you can imagine, Twitter erupted soon after the news was leaked:


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BucksfanXC's picture

"I like it." - College Football Fan

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

jthiel09's picture

The decision to name it that took a committee of 12 members with a 3/4 vote required and cost the NCAA 4.7 million dollars.


BED's picture


The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Earle's picture

They could always use those names for the brackets.  We don't need them anymore. 

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Michael Citro's picture

The College Football Playoff will be played in College Football Playoff Stadium at College Football Playoff Host City, and the winner will receive College Football Playoff Trophy.

BucksfanXC's picture

Well, College Football Blogger, I agree with your College Football Opinion on this College Football Issue. Go College Football!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeyeneer's picture

Surprised its not the "SEC Invitational"

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

d1145fresh's picture

We can still call it The Chase for the Crystal right? 

dumpus's picture

damn, even "Leaders & Legends" thinks that they could have at least put SOME time and effort into naming it...

Earle's picture

That guy who did the refresh of the Ohio State logo must have gotten a good reference from the school to be hired to come up with this.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

JollyFatMan's picture

I think I wanna cry. 

How firm thy friendship..

jthiel09's picture

So is this going to be like the Super Bowl where they use Roman Numerals for each year? 
This year ... College Football Playoff I
13 years later ... College Football Playoff XIII


Hovenaut's picture

And there was much rejoicing from the (college football playoff) crowd.


Doc's picture

Derpity derpity derp!  This is what we get when people in suits name stuff.

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Whosisbrew's picture

Oh, NCAA. This is what happens when you hit "Publish" before erasing all the text from the template.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I guess "SEC and ND" would be inappropriate.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Grant Edgell's picture

Sponsored by (I hope):

Michael Citro's picture

They should totally sell that at the College Football Playoff, Presented by Title Sponsor.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Word is, the same guy, aka Mr. Prosaic who came up with this name, College Football Playoff, also has helped name several other big productions.
Before being hired by the NCAA to name this event, Mr. Prosaic came up with the title of the movie, Snakes on a Plane.
He also named the towns of Volcano, Hawaii and Hell, Michigan - the latter of which is not only obvious, but redundant.

toad1204's picture

In other news,  The Snozberries (you may want to sit down) taste like (prepare yourselves) Snozberries.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Poison nuts's picture

Go ahead, try it.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

doodah_man's picture

I don't care what they call it as long as we don't have to contend with the "Super Bowl" vs "Big Game" nonsense...

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The Football Four?  Anyone?  ANYONE!?!?

Class of 2010.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

By the way, why did the Big Ten not choose the Rotel and Barbasol divisions?

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

MN Buckeye's picture

Well, after all, they spent $5 mil on consultants to listen to all of their 'special interest groups' to come up with a name that just 'hits all the right notes' and is 'non-offensive'.

Deadly Nuts's picture

How bout the Fantastic Four?


AJW_16's picture

I'm just curious - what else would we call it? Certainly, College Football Playoff isn't sexy, but thinking of other postseason names (NCAA Men's basketball tournament, NFL Playoffs, NBA Playoffs) I don't see where this is that far off.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

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Poison nuts's picture

There are some up above that are good (Football Four could work), But one I thought sounded OK was - Crystal Challenge. I don't know - something could have worked that isn't so plain but also not completely dumb either...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

AJW_16's picture

Meh. As long as the logo is the 8-bit fire coming off the block letters (above) I am fine with the name.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

cajunbuckeye's picture

I think I get it........

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

costinjr's picture

Was "The Foot Bowls" already taken?

Earle's picture

Wait a second, it actually works if you say it in a Jim Mora voice.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

chitown buckeye's picture

Plus 1, good sir for making me say "Playoffs??" in Jim Mora voice

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Earle's picture

In related news, the people running college football "are who we thought they are".

Snarkies gonna snark. 

darbnurb's picture

I just got a dog and have been struggling on what to call it.  Inspiration hit me after reading this post.  Unfortunately is already taken, probably by ESPN.