There are fifteen, count ’em, fifteen, bowl games scheduled between the CFP semi finals and finals, including five after January 1st.
All of that reflects a general trend of stretching out the bowl season from start to finish.
In recent years, the bowl season has begun on a Saturday before Christmas with several games. This season, bowls begin Friday, Dec. 20 with the Bahamas Bowl at 2 p.m. ET. The Frisco Bowl is later that day. The next day six games, including the Celebration Bowl, which matches teams from historically black colleges in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will air on either ESPN or ABC.
(Also, don’t forget that’s just ESPN’s schedule you’re looking at. CBS and Fox have five more broadcasts to add to the mix.)
Don’t get me wrong here. I’ve got no problem with bowl games; the more, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned. But for a bunch that’s struggled with the message of making the CFP a special, new tradition for college football fans (how’s that whole “fuck it, let’s play on New Year’s Eve” thing going, anyway?), wholesale abdication of postseason scheduling to Mickey seems like a poor way to go about showcasing your crown jewel.
Hell, who am I kidding here? They’ll probably use it as another excuse when the time comes to expand the CFP to eight teams.