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New Year’s Day Will Never Be The Same

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March MadnessIf you are a college football fan, there won’t be any more New Year’s Days like the ones we grew up with.  All of that has changed now and most of us are still not very clear as to just what is going to happen out on the college gridiron at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.

At the recent Big 12 Media Days, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, Bill Hancock spoke to some of the details concerning the new college playoff format.  First of all he talked about the five-star committee that he has put together which will be selecting the top four teams in colligate football  which will then compete in the College Football Playoff.

Now Mr. Hancock was the same guy who ran the BCS set up which was always a bit ambiguous as well.  But we are to have faith that transparency will prevail and a fair selection will be made.  But what a job this committee will have.  What strategy will they use and how can 13 different people be on the same page about college football?

But here we go.  The stage is set and there is nothing to do but to play it out and see how well the pull it off, or how badly it flops.  We should all hope for the best, and pray for the committee.

Hancock said that the main criteria to be used in the selection would be: strength of schedule, head-to-head results, common opponent results as well as league championship wins and the plot thickens, even more.

The teams will be seeded as they are in basketball, but only up to the number four.  In the first set of contests, the number one seeded team selected will play the number four team leaving the number two and three teams to battle it out.  The number one seeded team will be awarded the best possible field advantage.

Now all of this is supposed to take place in the middle of the traditional New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day college bowl game that we are all accustomed to and have grown to love. If you like to watch all of the games it was always a bit of a marathon anyway, but now the college championship games are to be played on those very same days.

It looks like March Madness will be starting on January 1st next year!

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