Bill Hancock, tower of Jello:
… In January 2013, when the CFP announced the 12-year schedule, they touted the idea of tripleheaders on consecutive days, and of taking New Year’s Eve for college football. Hancock said nothing has changed.
Next year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday. And in the fourth year, the semifinals will again be played in the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Year’s Day.
“We are committed to this,” he said, adding: “Two years does not make a trend. Let’s watch this. Let’s see what happens.”
Of course, the question is whether people will watch — whether college football’s postseason eventually will become part of New Year’s Eve tradition.
“We had some bum luck with the lack of competitive games,” Hancock said. “Things would have been different with competitive games. How much different, nobody knows.
“We’re very confident that every year will be different and over time these games will be ingrained into a part of the New Year’s Eve tradition.”
Some disappointing TV ratings later, and the tune is changing.
If there’s one thing you can count on with regard to college football’s postseason, it’s the suits panicking when the viewers don’t show up.