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NEW YORK (AP) The only things standing in the way of a major college football playoff are 12 university presidents.

They figure to be more of a speed bump than a road block.

The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee Tuesday in Washington.

The committee is headed by Virginia Tech’s Charles W. Steger and includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, as well as independent Notre Dame.

Whether approval will come quickly or the presidents will take some time to mull over the proposal, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown. The commissioners have been careful not to get too far out in front of the presidents when publicly talking about a playoff.

But it is safe to say the men who have spent hours upon hours hashing this out over the last six months believe their bosses will approve of their work.

“I’m confident as we brief (the presidents) over the next week or so, give them an understanding of the evolution of the ideas – what’s been put off to the side, why it’s been put off to the side, how we were able to manage the things that seemed to be irreconcilable for a long time – that they will give our advice appropriate weight,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said after last week’s meetings in Chicago.

“Could there be a present with a bow on it and everything wrapped up (Tuesday)?” Delany said. “It could happen, if you’re real optimistic. But I would think we’ll probably need to spend some more time together, and probably resolve some outstanding issues.”

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