The Chick-fil-A Bowl welcomes its new selection committee overlords.

This is how you measure progress?

No bowl game is making a bigger transition into the new era than the Chick-fil-A.

As part of the “New Year’s Six,” it will no longer control its sponsorship agreement (turned over to ESPN), its operating budget (which will now be overseen by the College Football Playoff) or the teams playing in its game.

The 13-member CFP selection committee, which includes five athletics directors and other dignitaries like Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice, will not only choose the four semifinalists but also determine matchups for the four other “contract bowls.”

For the Chick-fil-A, which has matched the ACC and SEC for 22 consecutive years (and had 17 consecutive sell-outs, which isn’t a coincidence) that means next season could very well see a team from the Big Ten or American Athletic Conference in their game.

But at least they’ll get to charge more.  So there’s that.

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31 responses to “The Chick-fil-A Bowl welcomes its new selection committee overlords.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Boy, talk about prostrating yourself for the almighty dollar.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    This bothers me because as a Georgian, I’ve always considered the Peach Bowl to be our game (as in the state of Georgia’s, not the University of Georgia’s). It’s been a great bowl, and it’s almost always one of the best games of the postseason. But now that it’s going to be just another matchup of randoms and they’re likely to get the kind of non-compelling matchups that the non-title BCS games have been churning out lately, I think you’ll see an end to that. Good luck selling out the Dome for a matchup like that, too. The CFA Bowl does not have the prestige or the city of some of the other “New Year’s Six”… without a regional matchup, how many people are going to travel?

  3. uglydawg

    From Go Dawgs! @ 9:06.

    ” The CFA Bowl does not have the prestige or the city of some of the other “New Year’s Six”… without a regional matchup, how many people are going to travel?”
    There you go using logic, and I don’t think it’s allowed in today’s musings and decision making concerning NCAA football.
    But I believe your words are prophetic

  4. Comin' Down The Track

    Dignitaries. You keep using that word…

  5. Normaltown Mike

    Good news for all you metro Atlanta Northern Illinois fans!

  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    Well….You wanted a playoff, people…now you got one.

    Archie Manning and Condy….I can’t wait.

  7. DawgPhan

    I am surprised that they gave up so much control because they have so successfully managed their game. One of the few bowl games that does seem to put fannies in the seats and a great game on TV.

  8. Will Trane

    Biggest enemy to collegiate football is ESPN. Game Day Show is slowing destroying the game they worship. This year I caught about 10 minutes of the show. A freaking joke of alleged experts. Same for ESPN. D1 football is getting too much TV time nowdays. Let’s see how trashing the BCS is going to grow this sport like it has the past decade or two.

  9. Will Trane

    Condi Rice was a 5 tool baseball player at Sanford. She was an All-American corner while there. She was the point guard on their basketball team. She learned all of her skill while listening to her dad and his friends. But she is another in the long, politically-correct list of modern day news media.

  10. Will Trane

    Let’s roll out some more politics now that it has taken growth in D1 football like a cancer. Condi Rice, her resume’s biggest achievement…she is what many of us call and label as “adventurists” [think Robert Kaplan uses this term too]. Sorta like George Bush and POTUS…they have their adventures and they want you to pay for it big time.

  11. Will Trane

    I can remember sitting in the cold and snow at the Peach Bowl watching ASU play somebody. Was give those tickets. But I purchased them when Dawgs have gone. Last time to Gator was when we played North Carolina. Favorite bowl…Cotton. Last trip was when QB John Lastinger made that great 17 yd run to beat the Horns.

    • Russ

      I went to the second Peach Bowl back in 1969 with Sackerlina and West Virginny at Grant Field. Weather sucked, but my dad and I went and enjoyed it.

      Also remember watching Sylvester Boler terrorize Maryland and the Dawgs barely squeaking by.

      Although I wasn’t there, I’ll also add that LSU beating the “genius” out of Tech in 2008 is on my favorites list.

  12. Erskine

    I guess Gary Stokan and his crew will have to create another game so he can bring bama and other SEC teams into the Atlanta area for easy recruiting access.

  13. Will Trane

    Since Josh Harvey-Clemons could not make a play on the plains, he has decided to sit out another trip to JAX. He should journey down from Lowndes County and Valdosta and do some fishing on the Saint Johns River. Could be a little to early for some good fishing. Let’s his spinnner run out and reflect on his play in 2013.

  14. I, for one, welcome our new politically and monetarily driven college football overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a mindless college football fan, I can be helpful in contributing to the bottom line by purchasing tickets, watching ESPN religiously, and pushing for a sixteen team playoff that will bring in tons of cash and decimate the regular season and traditional college rivalries.

    • Chopdawg

      I’m wit ya, Twist. How good would it be, if this weekend’s bowl games actually meant something, like a berth in next weekend’s Final Four.

  15. sUGArdaddy

    I said from the outset that the CFA Bowl is going to regret this decision. Even in Semifinal years, they could end up with Oregon vs. Michigan St., and the place will have 10,000 empty seats. The novelty of the semifinals will wear off in about 5 years, and fans will start hedging their pocketbook bets on making the big game. Simply, the normal Oregon fan can’t afford to go to Atlanta one weekend and then to Dallas 9 days later.

    What I don’t understand is why the CFA Bowl didn’t just create another bowl here. Why not call the semi game the Peach, and play the CFA Bowl a few days earlier, like Dec. 28 and keep your SEC/ACC match. Of course, this would require thinking out the actual implications of decisions, which doesn’t seem to be a strong suit of the people in charge of college football these days.

  16. Dog in Fla

    @ Scorpio Jones, III, 10:02 AM
    “Well….You wanted a playoff, people…now you got one.
    Archie Manning and Condy….I can’t wait.”

    Don’t worry. Everything will be just fine as long as Condi delivers the same condensed high level of work as a College Football Playoff Selection Committee Overlord®™© ℠ that she did in the abridged version of the all-time vacation faux Fauikner favorite,

    “If William Faulkner Were Writing on the Bush White House,” by Sam Apple

    “Down the hall, under the chandelier, I could see them talking. They were walking toward me and Dick’s face was white, and he stopped and gave a piece of paper to Rummy, and Rummy looked at the piece of paper and shook his head. He gave the paper back to Dick and Dick shook his head.
    They disappeared and then they were standing right next to me.
    “Georgie s going to walk down to the Oval Office with me,” Dick said.
    “I just hope you got him all good and ready this time,” Rummy said.
    “Hush now,” Dick said. “This ain’t no laughing matter. He knows a lot more than folks think.” Dick patted me on the back good and hard. “Come on now, Georgie,” Dick said. “Never mind you, Rummy.” We walked down steps to the office. There were paintings of old people on the walls and the room was round like a circle and Condi was sitting on my desk. Her legs were crossed. “Did you get him ready for the press conference?” Dick said. “Dont you worry about him. He ll be ready,” Condi said. Condi stood up from the desk. Her legs were long and she smelled like the Xeroxed copies of the information packets they give me each day. “Hello Georgie,” Condi said. “Did you come to see Condi?” Condi rubbed my hair and it tickled. “Dont go messing up his hair,” Dick said. “He’s got a press conference in a few minutes.” Condi wiped some spit on her hand and patted down my hair. Her hand was soft and she smelled like Xerox copies coming right out of the machine. “He looks just fine,” Condi said.

  17. Bazooka Joe

    The one good thing about this….. if I am not mistaken, the name of the game will revert to the Peach Bowl (which it should have always been).

  18. WarD Eagle

    Golden Egg.Goose.Dead

    (at least dying)

  19. americusdawg

    I always thought that “Condalisa Rice” sounded like one of the many flavors of Rice-A-Roni. Also, in my aging years, I often see Condalisa Rice and Anita Hill as one and the same.