I fully expect one of the two open championship games to go to Indy. Indy did a great job with the super bowl, unlike Detroit. Plus the NCAA is headquartered there. That should quite some of the northern issues for a while. One of the major reasons why there are no northern semi spots is how many northern bowls are there? There is the Detroit bowl, and that is it. Develop a St. Louis Bowl or Indy bowl and build it over the next decade and see if it gets into the rotation on the next go round. You cannot sell what does not exist.
Coming soon, fans of other conferences will bemoan the fact that four of the six bowls making up the new semifinal rotation are located in SEC states. Trust us. It’s coming. And the loudest groans will rise up from Big Ten-owned Rust Belt.
For a better understanding of who the new rotation of major bowls will work, let’s look at the first three years of the plan, as sources say it will look:
|2014 Season||2015 Season||2016 Season|
|Rose Bowl||1/1/2015 (Semifinal)||1/1/2016||1/2/2017|
|Sugar Bowl||1/1/2015 (Semifinal)||1/1/2016||1/2/2017|
|Orange Bowl||12/31/2014||12/31/2015 (Semifinal)||12/31/2016|
|Cotton Bowl||1/1/2015||12/31/2015 (Semifinal)||1/2/2017|
|Fiesta Bowl||12/31/2014||1/1/2016||12/31/2016 (Semifinal)|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||12/31/2014||12/31/2015||12/31/2016 (Semifinal)|
|Championship Game||1/12/2015 (Arlington, TX)||1/11/2016 (To Be Determined)||1/9/2017 (To Be Determined)|
As you can see, aside from Pasadena (CA) and Glendale (AZ), the majority of the major bowls and semifinals will be played in SEC territory — Arlington (TX), New Orleans (LA), Atlanta (GA), and Miami Gardens (FL).
Now, the college football bowl scene has traditionally been dominated by warm weather cities. After all, would you rather get in a December or January vacation in the sunshine of Florida or the sleet of Detroit? But you can unfortunately throw common sense right out the window on this one. Big Ten fans won’t want to hear it.
There will be plenty of grumbling over the fact that Big Ten teams — and others from non-SEC leagues — will have to travel to Mike Slive’s backyard in two out of every three major games. There will be cries that SEC teams won’t have to be tested in the elements (as if two teams playing in ideal conditions is a bad thing). There will be whines that SEC teams involved in the new system will have more fans on hand for their teams’ games. (While that may be true, tickets will be made readily available to everyone… and we at MrSEC.com would be willing to bet SEC fans will also dominate attendance at the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl when their favorite teams are shipped out to those points.)
But if you’re wondering what the early favorite for “Something To Cry About” is, it’ll be that the new system is designed to feature Eastern (Miami Gardens and Atlanta), Central (Arlington and New Orleans), and Western (Glendale and Pasadena) cities, rather than Southern, Central and Northern cities. Nevermind the fact that no Northern cities put forth bids for any of the currently slots.
On the bright side, once the FBS presidents decide on a playoff selection panel and its workings, location complaints will quickly fall down the list of things to moan about.