Now that the Big Ten has abandoned its call for college football playoff semifinalists to get to host games, we're back to the plan by which each conference would be tied to a playoff bowl, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds getting to host semifinal games at those bowl sites, Dennis Dodd reports. For example, last year LSU would've hosted Stanford or Oregon at the Sugar Bowl, instead of some predetermined bowl that could've been in Florida, California or Arizona.
Anything involving floats would give the Sugar Bowl an advantage anyway, via Mardi Gras, right?
Kind of funny to think the Big Ten would rather send teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan all the way to Los Angeles for home field advantage, rather than letting them stay at home, but tradition's like that. Dodd reports the SEC's tie with the Sugar Bowl is actually the most prominent component here.
The Rose would surely host either the Pac-12 or Big Ten's highest representative, while the SEC and Big 12 have paired to create a new bowl that could replace either the Sugar or Fiesta under the new arrangement. No other bowl has a definite playoff tie-in already established for 2014 and beyond.