College Football Playoffs: Christmas, New Year's Could Align Game Schedules

BCS frontman (I mean that in the rock band sense) Bill Hancock was on the Dan Patrick Show early Friday, dispensing a few morsels on the state of college football's looming playoff system. He went over the timeline and clarified when the new tournament's games could happen.

"It's down to a four-team playoff with some options," Hancock told the show. "They are working on where to play, how to qualify and the dates. For example, will the games be at neutral sites or a team's stadium? How much time will teams have between semifinals and finals? They're looking at between Christmas and early January to have this happen."

College football people want to get back to making New Year's a college football day. Its title game has gotten lost as it has drifted further and further into NFL-land. Starting up playoff action around Christmas could be amazing, as that's when we're usually just watching the Hawai'i Bowl and what have you. I don't know how that would square with the "six-bowl event" plan, which would tie four BCS bowls in with the two playoff games, since the Rose and others are going to insist on still being played in their usual dates.

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