While you won’t starve, your usual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl gluttony is set to go on a diet.
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, the only non-College Football Playoff games that will be played on those two days will be the Capital One and Outback bowls. Both of those games will likely kickoff between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET New Year’s Day, Murphy reports. Additionally, the Cotton Bowl and its rotational ties to the new system to determine a national champion will be played during the same time period as the
The only other games that will be played on the first day of the new year will be the Rose and Sugar bowls, which for the 2014 season will serve as the two semifinal games in the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoff. Both the Rose and Sugar, not so unexpectedly, will have the television stages to themselves, with the Sugar not kicking off until the Rose has come to an end and no other games scheduled for the 5-12 midnight window in which the semifinals will be contested.
The only other bowls that will be played during the two-day holiday are the Peach, Fiesta and Orange bowls, which will be played New Year’s Eve day as part of the six-bowl CFP package.
There were 10 bowl games each of the past two years — compared to the eight this coming season — with as many as a dozen during the two holidays.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve lineup consisted of the AdvoCare V100, Sun, Liberty and Chick-fil-A bowls. The Gator, Heart of Dallas, Capital One, Outback, Rose and Fiesta bowls were on the New Year’s Day menu.