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Can anyone explain why you would play the Semi-Finals on...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:39 PM
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Dec 28th and the 2nd or 3rd place teams from the ACC, SEC, and Big10 play on Jan 1st? The semifinals of the playoff are what the entire season is building up to. I know its the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl but realistically those game aren't as important as the Semifinals.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:48 PM
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Money. College football fans are guaranteed to watch college football on Jan 1, even if the game doesn’t matter. Putting the games that actually matter on Dec 28 just adds another football day to the network’s bottom line.


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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 8:31 AM
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The CFP decided against mid-week games after complaints.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:49 PM
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They decided to go with Saturday games for the semi-final and, of course, the championship game is always on a Monday night.

I believe it was designed to help the fans out from having to travel and miss work during weekdays.

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It should be played the week after

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:51 PM
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The conference championship games. Waiting 4 weeks to play a game is why most bowl games are so uncompetitive.


I would prefer 2 weeks after CCG for semis, then Saturday


Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:03 PM
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after New Year's for the national championship game.

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3 weeks to the semi, then 3 to the Natty would be best !!!!


Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:07 PM
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too much spacing out until the semi

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Three weeks to semi would be right on top of Christmas!


Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:19 PM
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Not a good idea. Need to go two weeks after CCGs, or wait to near New Year's, which would be 4 weeks after CCGs.

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It's three days after Christmas now isn't it?***


Posted: Oct 29, 2019 8:53 AM
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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 8:55 AM
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The semifinals are the Saturday before New Year's Day, except in years when the Rose Bowl hosts in which case they are on New Year's Day. This year that happens to be Dec 28.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:55 PM
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I’m still wondering why we can’t play the national championship game on a Saturday. You know, when college Fb is supposed to be played! You can’t tell me there would be more viewers on a Monday night than on a Saturday night!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 7:05 PM
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Agreed. They play all year long on Saturday ( for the most part for the technical among us). And then the biggest game is on a dang Monday!
What about travel then?

Much easier to get off on a Saturday. Heck on Monday night - if Clemson is playing - I just plan on going to work exhausted! Especially when we win it(can't sleep afterwards).

The playing on Monday is right in line with how the polls are going with regards to Clemson! All about marketing dollars. Not really about doing what's right for college football or finding out who really is the best team in the country!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 7:23 PM
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The NFL is in the playoffs and there is no Monday Night Football. They don't want to compete with the NFL playoff games.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 7:28 PM
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The NFL is in the playoffs and there is no Monday Night Football. They don't want to compete with the NFL playoff games.




Makes sense! Forgot about that! Wish the NFL would stick to Sunday then, dang it. LOL! Thanks!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:55 PM
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It’s so we can keep our Saturday win streak rolling.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:07 PM
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Is there anything else on Earth that we can find to complain about. Good grief people!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:33 PM
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Right on! What about what Finebaum said, or espn, playoff theories, or orange overalls? (I’m pro orange overalls btw)


I have never understood that. But I do know when the


Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:10 PM
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Rose is a semi, then magically both semis are played on New Years Day. Remember the Sugar Bowl. That is the only semi of the four we've been in that was on NYD. The Rose would never let them move their game from NYD.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 8:19 PM
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I heard because the ratings were poor most people are occupied throughout the country New Year's Eve.

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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 7:24 AM
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Dec 28th and the 2nd or 3rd place teams from the ACC, SEC, and Big10 play on Jan 1st? The semifinals of the playoff are what the entire season is building up to. I know its the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl but realistically those game aren't as important as the Semifinals.




First, it's not the Rose and Sugar. It's the Peach and Fiesta.

The games were originally on New Year's Eve. There was a decision to move them to the Saturday before New Year's because TV ratings were down on New Year's Eve (as you'd expect...everyone has plans that night).

The Rose Bowl is contractually guaranteed to be played on New Year's Day, always. It's part of the whole experience combined with the parade. So, in years when the Rose Bowl is a semifinal, both semifinal games are played on New Year's Day.


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The point was I understand the Rose and Fiesta are played on


Posted: Oct 29, 2019 7:40 AM
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New Years Day. However, they shouldn't be played after the CFB Semifinals. Discuss.


Rose and Sugar are played****


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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 7:46 AM
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What's to discuss? It's still the same answer - TV ratings and money.
There are about a dozen bowls, annually, played after the CFP semifinals. This year, due to the way the calendar falls, there are 18 bowls between semifinal and final.

If it was not set up that way, the CFP final would be pushed out to somewhere around Jan 20th each year and the gap in time between conference finals and CFP semifinal would be even longer.


And you feel the #2/#3 teams from the SEC/Big10/ACC deserve


Posted: Oct 29, 2019 7:49 AM
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New Year's Day position over the CFB Semifinalists?


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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 7:54 AM
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Why is it a question of "deserve"? I like the fact that there are days and time slots dedicated to the key games, so that you don't have conflicting events on at the same time. I also like that there are a few extra days between the semifinal and final instead of the standard one week.

So, no, I'm not bothered by the schedule. It's still more prestigious to play a CFP semifinal than a New Year's Day non-CFP bowl, even if the date on the calendar doesn't line up with your historical bias. And I think the decision to pull the games off of New Year's Eve was a smart one.

You have to remember something with all of this - there are dozens of bowls completely unaffiliated with the CFP. Those bowls have conference affiliations and multi-million dollar TV contracts. You can't just go dictate to all of them when they are "allowed" to play.


The Rose Bowl contract does expire after 2026


Posted: Oct 29, 2019 10:10 AM
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Hopefully a better arrangement can be made at that time. That's assuming there's no playoff expansion involved as well.


The Rose Bowl signed a big contract prior to the CFP


Posted: Oct 29, 2019 8:33 AM
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which guarantees them the 4pm NYD time slot and they have refused to renegotiate the deal. It doesn't expire until 2026 so we are stuck with this format for at least 8 more years.


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