Next year’s BCS championship will be the final game of the current postseason format for college football before a four-team playoff takes effect. On Tuesday, Bill Hancock, the playoff’s new executive director and current leader of the BCS by the same title, provided more details of what the playoff will look like.
Confirming previous reports from ESPN and CBSSports, Hancock announced that the Rose and Sugar Bowls will act as the first national semifinal sites for the 2015 edition of the new postseason system. As expected, the Rose and Sugar will be paired together for the semifinal sites in 2015, 2018, 2021 and 2024.
The Orange Bowl and another TBD host bowl (believed to be either the Fiesta or Cotton Bowl) will pair as semifinal sites in 2016, 2019, 2022 and 2025. Two more host bowls will be paired as semifinal sites in 2017, 2020, 2023 and 2026. It is thought that the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta Bowls will be the other three host sites. That should become official in April.
Since the Rose and Sugar Bowls are slotted for New Year’s Day, the national semifinals will be played on New Year’s Even eight out of the next 12 years. Of course, those dates would be modified slightly if either fell on a Sunday.
(Info courtesy of ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Pac-12’s Bryan Fischer)