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New Year’s Day 2015: Same Miserable Hangover, Fewer College Bowl Games

Fans of college football are getting excited about the new FBS playoff system that takes effect this season.  Most agree there’s plenty of upside to the new setup.

But there will be one downside: fewer New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl games.

The tradition that’s grown to as many as a dozen games in recent years, will be trimmed to only eight this season – five of those part of the new playoff system.

Only the Outback and Capital One bowls will stay in their traditional January 1 spots, even though they aren’t part of the FBS Playoffs.  But those are the only two non-playoff games to be played December 31st or January 1st moving forward.

On New Year’s eve, the Peach, Fiesta, and Orange bowls will all be part of the playoff system. New Year’s day, the Outback and Capital One Bowls will be followed by the semifinal games, the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

Games like the Sun Bowl and the Liberty Bowl will now be played before their traditional December 31st date, while the Gator Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl are moving off of their New Year’s day schedule.

The number of bowl game overall won’t suffer.  There are a record 39 games scheduled after this season, up from 35 in 2013.

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