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2024 season CFP Quarter and Semi Final games.

Posted on 2/20/24 at 3:39 pm
Posted by Basura Blanco
Member since Dec 2011
7961 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 3:39 pm
Perhaps lost in the CFP format news was the announcement a few weeks ago of the location of the Quarter and Semi-Final games.


Quarterfinals

Tuesday, December 31, 2024: Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (evening)
Wednesday, January 1, 2025: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (early afternoon), Rose Bowl Game (late afternoon) and Allstate Sugar Bowl (evening)

Semifinals
Thursday, January 9, 2025: Capital One Orange Bowl (evening)
Friday, January 10, 2025: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (evening)



I like the 12 team playoff with a bye system (over an 8 team) but #1-#4 seeds deserve to have a home game in the Quarters.

A very plausible scenario next year would be Michigan, UGA, Florida State, and Utah are top 4 conference winners and (less plausible)LSU, Alabama, and USC receiving at large bids with all winning their first round games. There would then be a potential for LSU to be playing Michigan in New Orleans, Bama to be playing Florida State in Atlanta, and USC to be playing Utah in Los Angeles. Will the CFP do all they could to ensure the top seeds avoid playing a glorified road game? And depending on the location, be playing in their home state against a team from another part of the country.

Regardless, I believe you will see at least one and probably two of the top 4 seeds go down next year in the quarterfinals. Those teams will not have a normal bye week in which you know who the upcoming opponent will be, so the advantage of prep time is neutralized. Meanwhile, the teams they face will have just won a big playoff game, possibly on the road, and have the momentum that entails and be playing that quarterfinals game at a neutral site, and possibly not so neutral.

Posted by St Augustine
The Pauper of the Surf
Member since Mar 2006
63989 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 4:19 pm to
3 weeks in a row of neutral site games is retarded.
Posted by DallasTiger11
Los Angeles
Member since Mar 2004
11803 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 4:25 pm to
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3 weeks in a row of neutral site games is retarded.

They don’t give a shite about the fans anymore.
Posted by TejasHorn
High Plains Driftin'
Member since Mar 2007
10818 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 5:11 pm to
Gotta have the bowls and sponsors involved.. for now anyway.
This post was edited on 2/20/24 at 5:13 pm
Posted by OU Guy
Member since Feb 2022
7850 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 5:18 pm to
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I like the 12 team playoff with a bye system (over an 8 team) but #1-#4 seeds deserve to have a home game in the Quarters.



Simple solution. If your team is playing in SEC CG, they are assured of playoffs win or lose. Just lose that game and presto, you get your home game. Easy peazy.
Posted by GusAU
Member since Mar 2014
3568 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 5:36 pm to
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Gotta have the bowls and sponsors involved.
Why?

You can still have sponsors without the bowls.

The powers that be have already destroyed many college football traditions. Why does the now obsolete bowl system need to be preserved?

Posted by Basura Blanco
Member since Dec 2011
7961 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 6:44 pm to
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You can still have sponsors without the bowls.


Exactly. Just declare before the season that the #5 vs #12 matchup will be the Capital One Citrus Bowl and they can hold their 5K fun run and throw their logoed tarps all over the town and stadium of which ever team is seeded 5th.

The only thing they really give a shite about anyway are the allotted time for commercials and how often ESPN can say the name of their company during the telecast. Does it really matter if they do that in Orlando or Tallahassee or Baton Rouge?
Posted by RunningJacket
Member since Dec 2008
237 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 7:03 pm to
The whining is strong around here lately. Are some of you really worried that these games won’t have people in the stands? What a weak excuse. If you want to attend then attend. If you don’t I don’t think you’ll be missed.

And there will be lots of upsets because every sport in the history of the world has upsets. D1 football is not special in that regard. I can’t wait to read the excuses around here when a top team’s QB gets Travis’d against a Liberty and lose. The portal has stripped depth so it’s going to be fun.
Posted by BlueWaffleHouse
LA
Member since Jul 2012
1841 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 7:04 pm to
The #5 seed will be sitting pretty. If you consider the Conference Championship games as a defacto playoff game, everyone has to win 4 games regardless.

The 5 seed gets 21 days to rest after the regular season ends, will most likely have a home game vs a G5 school [12 seed] as a good warmup, and then 10 days to prepare for the #4 seed [Big12 or ACC team most likely].

I’ll take that path vs having to play a Conf Champ game when teams are their most beaten up, and possibly increase my path to the championship game to 5 total games, and less overall rest.
Posted by Tigerfan1274
Member since May 2019
3103 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 7:59 pm to
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Gotta have the bowls and sponsors involved.. for now anyway.


Current contracts have them locked in to the three weeks of neutral sites for a couple of years. It will likely change beginning with the ‘26 season. Current contract ends in ‘25.
Posted by Basura Blanco
Member since Dec 2011
7961 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 9:37 pm to
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The whining is strong around here lately.


Wanting more college football games played in campus stadiums is whining?

quote:

And there will be lots of upsets because every sport in the history of the world has upsets


Well no shite. But please point out somewhere in this thread that it was mentioned that college football upsets are a bad thing. And while you are looking, you might come across the part where I said I was in favor of a 12 team playoff which can be construed to mean....

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it’s going to be fun.


I agree with this.
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