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The solution to the College Football Playoff's New Year's Eve problem is really, really simple

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Just slide everything over one spot. It's not that difficult.

The Playoff being on New Year's Eve was a disaster for viewers. This was called a dumb idea months ago. And the BCS-esque powers that be are in no hurry to fix it.

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Two out of every three years.

Next season will be even worse. When New Year's Day is a Sunday, the Rose has traditionally moved to Jan. 2 to avoid the NFL, and the Sugar is twinsies with the Rose now. So, next season, the power duo and their Cotton tagalong will be on a Monday.

That's a day after a full NFL Sunday, with the Playoff crammed 48 hours earlier on New Year's Eve. That sounds even worse than this season, right?

There's a really easy solution.

Ditch the New Year's Eve thing.

It can still be the New Year's Six. It'd just start on New Year's Day, rather than ending on it.

People like football on New Year's Eve. Great! There can still be football on, as long as it's low-consequence. There are minor bowls on Christmas Eve, and nobody's mad about them. We liked the Chick-fil-A Bowl back when it was the New Year's Eve finisher.

Here's what we had this year.

Dec. 31, 2015 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 2, 2016
Peach: No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 18 Houston No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee Georgia vs. Penn State
Semifinal: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida Arkansas vs. Kansas State
Semifinal: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State Fiesta: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame No. 11 TCU vs. No. 15 Oregon
Rose: No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford Arizona State vs. West Virginia
Sugar: No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State

And here's how we could've fixed it.

Dec. 31, 2015 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 2, 2016
Georgia vs. Penn State No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee Fiesta: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame
Arkansas vs. Kansas State No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida Semifinal: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 11 TCU vs. No. 15 Oregon Peach: No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 18 Houston Semifinal: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Arizona State vs. West Virginia Rose: No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford
Sugar: No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State

Since the Peach and Fiesta were flex games this year, we could also move the big Ohio State-Notre Dame game to the Jan. 2 lead-in spot. (We could swap Iowa and Ohio State, to make the Fiesta and Rose more competitive, but that's a separate issue.)

  • This year, the 2015 calendar would've finished with two low-calorie thrillers.
  • Then, a busy New Year's Day would've led into the Rose and Sugar in their preferred spots.
  • Then, on a Saturday, a big game would build to the Playoff as an actual main event.

This is better for fans and media, and worse for nobody. It's what ESPN requested months ago.

Obviously, the Saturday part won't line up like that every time, but it's a nice detail. If we kept the current system, the only way college football's traditional day impacts the Playoff is a) when it splits the New Year's Six into an NFL sandwich or b) when the Rose and Sugar happen to be on a New Year's Day Saturday, which would next line up in 2050.

Not only did the BCS people give us an off-campus Playoff and a Playoff that usually plunks the semifinals on New Year's Eve, it also avoids Saturdays.

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The Sunday problem would be lessened, too.

When the Rose Bowl claims Jan. 2 to dodge the NFL, the semifinals on Jan. 3 shouldn't be a problem.

That would mean also moving the title game by a day, to avoid short weeks for players, but there's nothing time-honored about a Monday night championship.

I assume there's some minor TV boost on Monday night, but if you're trying to tell me my plan is bad because it only has a Monday championship in six out of every seven years, I will remind you the current plan puts the semifinals on New Year's damn Eve damn night most of the damn time.

What about when the Rose and Sugar are the Playoff semifinals?

This is what happened in year one. Everybody loved it. It won't happen again until the 2017 season.

Four pretty good games happened, and then the sport's two greatest bowls hosted the semis. And the committee had a bit more flexibility to match up the other four New Year's Six games, since the Rose and Sugar hog most of the conference-specific ties.

Well, when the Rose and Sugar are the Playoff, the Playoff's on Jan. 1, with three NY6 games on Jan. 2.

When the Cotton/Orange or Fiesta/Peach are the Playoff bowls, the Playoff's on Jan. 2, after the Rose/Sugar day.

It's still the New Year's Six. The Rose and Sugar are still on New Year's Day. There's still football on New Year's Eve. And everyone in the country can watch the Playoff.

Simple.

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