Swofford said the commissioners’ plan is for the six major bowl games, including the two semifinals, to be played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day each season. Commissioners said the first semifinals games will be played on either Dec. 31, 2014 or Jan. 1, 2015. The first national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015, and commissioners plan to play the championship game on the second Monday night of January in each of the first five seasons.
It’s good to see that New Year’s Day will be utilized more. I hate that most of the big bowl games take place after the fact. Schlabach’s entire piece is a nice summary of the new playoff plan.