Reclaiming New Year’s Day

The only downside to the expansion of bowl games is schedule clutter.  I know it’s part of the branding, but I still welcome college football clearing out some of the underbrush on December 31st/January 1st.

In each of the past seven years, there have been 10 to 12 bowls played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. However, this season there will be only eight — with five of those games played in exclusive time slots.

The only bowls played on Dec. 31 will be part of the playoff’s six New Year’s-specific bowls. The Peach will have the early kickoff, followed by the Fiesta and then the Orange. Exact game times have not been determined.

On Jan. 1, the Outback and Capital One bowls are expected to start between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, sources said. It’s expected the Outback will be on ESPN2 and Capital One on ABC. Both games will go head-to-head with the Cotton Bowl on ESPN.

The playoff semifinal bowls are the Rose and Sugar. The Rose will start about 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Sugar.

That suits me.  I like the big bowls having the stage to themselves on New Year’s… at least as long as there aren’t any five-touchdown blowouts.


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5 responses to “Reclaiming New Year’s Day

  1. Russ

    Probably the best news so far from the playoff mess.


  2. Macallanlover

    Directionally this is great news. Hate that the Outback and Capital One still are paired in the same time slot since those involve the SEC but at least the Gator moves away. Also don’t like the Peach being earlier, it has been the better bowl than the Orange most years. All in all though, I take this announcement as a positive. The significance of “New Year’s Day bowl” hasn’t meant the same for over a decade, some of the better bowls are now played before, or after January 1.


  3. reipar

    If the Rose starts about 5 and the Sugar bowl follows it that sounds like a game that will be ending about midnight east coast time.


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    I wasn’t a fan of the scheduling overlap with the Cotton, Gator, Outback and Cap 1 bowls. A lot of the best football was over before 4 pm on NYD, then stuck watching Pac12 and Big – whatever. Looks like that isn’t gonna change much.

    Gonna miss the CFA (I prefer Peach too) on NY’s eve night – game’s usually a barn burner.


  5. Ellis

    I don’t like this because New Year’s day has become boring. It used to be a great day off where football was played all day. People would come to the house and we would eat, drink, and watch all the games all day long. This year I remember calling friend at 2:00 in the afternoon to comment that there were no football games on tv. 2:00 in the afternoon on New Year’s day and not a single game being played. I don’t even watch most of the games played during the week because they come on so late or interfere with other things going on in life. I say bring back football to New Year’s day.