Remember when New Year's Day Bowls were actually good and meaningful? Thanks to gangs of ravenous money-craving suits, the bowl field is a little diluted these days, especially on the once-famed New Year's Day:
From 1968-2006, 3% of Jan. 1 bowls had team without winning conference record, compared to 33% from 2007-13. http://t.co/45SsB3vVAY— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) December 31, 2014
But this year? This year is actually good, despite it being unlikely that trend continues next year.
Also from Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com:
At this point of the story, it's appropriate to remind you that New Year's Day will look like this only every three years. When the semifinal games are at the Orange, Peach, Fiesta and Cotton, they will be played on New Year's Eve while the Rose and Sugar stay on New Year's Day.
For now, enjoy Jan. 1, 2015. It's giving you Nick Marshall vs. Melvin Gordon; Baylor's explosive offense vs. Michigan State's stingy defense: Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston; Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer; and, well, surely we'll find a way to enjoy Missouri vs. Minnesota as a backup in case the Outback and Cotton bowls get out of hand.
*rubs hands like a child waking up on Christmas day* Tomorrow is going to be delicious.