In The Wrong Order
The most important games in the college calendar are being relegated to a lower spot in the scheduling than they deserve. The semi-finals of the playoffs are popular, but they are being hamstrung and prevented from being the main event due to the huge number of bowl games.
The semi-finals are setting up who will fight it out for the national championship, but they are being played at the wrong time of the year. These games are played before the bowl games, which is like getting your main course and dessert before the starter.
Focusing On The Bowls
The Rose Bowl is a college football staple, but it is only a part of the semi-finals once every three years. For two of every three years, the Rose Bowl is basically a non-essential game. The Rose Bowl always gets the prime slot on New Year’s Day.
Other bowl games such as Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton, Orange, and Peach also get to share this slot in rotation. Huge TV audiences tune into these games despite the semi-finals mostly having been played already.
Building To A Finish
The college schedule should be building toward the semi-finals and championship games being at the end of the year. Instead, the bowl games are occupying that slot in the TV schedule, and it’s making the playoffs feel less important.
There is so much focus on the bowl games that people are losing focus on the fact that the playoffs are actually more important. Until the semi-finals move to the final games of the season, they are always going to feel less important.