The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.
The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason format after a meeting in Key Biscayne on Monday, the day after the BCS championship game in Miami.
“It was not a one-year decision, it had to be a 12-year decision,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “Calendar issues, days of rest. Sugar and Rose were paired together because of the days of rest since they are playing the same day.”
Whether they are playing host to a semifinal or just a marquee bowl game, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl always will be played on Jan. 1, or Jan. 2 in years in which New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. In the eight years in which the Rose and Sugar do not play host to the semifinals, the four playoff teams will play New Year’s Eve or Saturday, Dec. 30.
Either way there will be a triple-header of major college football games, two semifinals and four other marquee bowl games, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day starting from the 2014 season to the 2025 season.
The Rose Bowl will also be the site of the last BCS title game on Jan. 1, 2014.
MCCARRON GIRLFRIEND: While Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was busy winning a national title, his girlfriend was attracting just as much attention.
Early Monday night, ESPN cameras locked in on Katherine Webb, McCarron’s girlfriend and the current Miss Alabama.
Brent Musburger did, as well. After calling her a “lovely lady,” the 73-year-old play-by-play man gushed.
“You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women,” Musburger said to color commentator Kirk Herbstreit. “What a beautiful woman.”
“Wow!” replied Herbstreit.
Herbstreit: “AJ’s doing some things right down there in Tuscaloosa.”
Musburger: “So if you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throwing it around in the backyard with Pop.”
On Tuesday, ESPN apologized for Musburger’s comments, saying they went “too far.”
Musburger’s comments, though, caused a social media frenzy. On Monday night, Webb’s Twitter followers rose from 2,500 to 100,000 in a matter of hours.
RATINGS: The BCS title game’s preliminary television rating is up from last season, but the lopsided score kept viewership down.
Alabama’s 42-14 rout drew a 15.7 overnight rating Monday on ESPN. That’s up 14 percent from last year’s game between Alabama and LSU. But it’s down from the 16.1 for ESPN’s first BCS championship two years ago, Auburn’s win over Oregon.