BCS Honcho Says New College Playoff So Big It Will 'Change' American Culture

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Apr 25, 2013

College football must be trying to muscle in on the NFL's dominance of the football news cycle here on draft week.

The BCS announced details of the four-team major college football postseason to begin after the 2014 season on Wednesday, the day before the NFL draft was set to kickoff.

It will be called the College Football Playoff. The first title game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12, 2015. And six bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton, Chick-fil-A) will make up a playoff semifinal, with back-to-back triple headers played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Perhaps the most dramatic announcement, however, came from BCS executive director Bill Hancock.

He boldly declared: "The culture of New Year's Eve will change in this country."

It's a ballsy thing to say, especially for a guy who fought a playoff system for so long.

But not necessarily a wrong thing to say. It's easy to picture millions of football fans around the country glued to their TV sets New Year's Eve watching college football instead of the ball drop in Times Square.

As it was, the existing New Year's Eve and New Year's Day bowls drew fairly decent ratings anyway, from a football-loving public with little else to watch.

Now each of those games will have an actual direct impact on the national title picture. So, yes, the College Football Playoff very well might change the culture of New Year's Eve in the United States.

And if it's true that a major college playoff is so huge that it alters the culture of the nation, it begets the question: what took college football so long to do it?

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