Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl Will Host 2015 College Football Semifinals

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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When college football begins its four-team playoff after the 2014 season, the semifinals will be in familiar places.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals:

BCS confirms @espn report. Rose & Sugar will host Jan. 1, 2015 semifinals…

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 8, 2013


According to the report, the Cotton Bowl is currently favored to host the BCS National Championship Game for that season.

The new system will have a rotation among six bowl games that are able to host the semifinals. The Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl will be among that rotation, with the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl getting heavy consideration for the other spots.

In addition, the semifinal games will be slated to take place on Jan. 1 in every season where the Rose and Sugar Bowls are hosting. This should happen four times during the 12-year contract. 

Otherwise, those contests will take place the day before on Dec. 31. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated points out that this will happen eight of the next 12 years:

Get used to a new New Year's Eve tradition, America. Semis will be played on Dec. 31 in eight of the 12 years.

— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 8, 2013


As for the national championship, the site will be decided on a yearly basis based on a bid. This could be to any city, not just current bowl locations. 

After all of these logistical issues are solved, there is still the chore of picking the teams to participate. A selection committee will establish the top four teams in the nation and the group will battle it out to decide who is truly the country's best.

Hopefully, this will help solve many debates and lead to a better future of college football.