CSTV to Cut Through the BCS


College Sports Television and Electronics Arts Inc.’s EA Sports are teaming up to crown a "true" national champion in Division I-A college football.

The network and the video-game vendor will conduct a 16-team championship tournament -- using up-to-date 2003 season statistics, appropriate weather conditions and other key intangibles, with previews, box scores, statistics and highlights for the games being featured weekly on CSTV -- using EA’s "NCAA Football 2004."

The "Crystal Bowl I" national champion will be crowned on CSTV Primetime Sunday Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST.

The tournament’s first-round games are:

• No. 16 Boise State at No. 1 Oklahoma;

• No. 9 Miami (Fla.) at No. 8 Tennessee;

• No. 12 Georgia at No. 5 Ohio State;

• No. 13 Iowa at No. 4 Michigan;

• No. 14 Purdue at No. 3 USC;

• No. 11 Miami (Ohio) at No. 6 Texas;

• No. 10 Kansas State at No. 7 Florida State; and

• No. 15 Florida at No. 2 LSU.