The NCAA Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system is one of the most entertaining approaches to irrelevant sporting events ever known. There are forty individual games and only three of them count, and that doesn’t count the many post-season all-star games. However, with pools and pick ‘em games happening everywhere you look, college football fans seem interested. The games do credible ratings and the part of our Americana dedicated to football on New Year’s Eve demands we all pretend they mean more than pride for the teams playing.
All that being said, this year’s schedule has some fun match ups and provides midweek content to at least make it valuable. In the early schedule, you get mostly the lower conferences with teams like North Texas taking on Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl. But the schedule markedly improves as the New Year approaches.
In fact this year’s National Semifinals are before New Year’s Day and feature two great games for a Saturday. The first one kicks off at 4pm EST and features (3)Notre Dame against (2)Clemson (last year’s National Champion) in the Cotton Bowl. This is followed by late entry (4)Oklahoma versus (1)Alabama in the Orange Bowl. With folks off for the holidays, this will be a great night. Start your excitement now by letting your guests know what promotions you are running or special stuff you have planned.
You can certainly execute a fun pick ‘em contest to get folks excited and remind them your sports bar is the best place to catch the NCAA Football Playoffs. That effort will only set you up nicely for the National Championship Game on Monday January 7th. No NFL that day, so you’ll actually have a good Monday Night Football crowd.
Enjoy the schedules. We have provided you with a basic text version and one that includes the graphics for all the games. You can print and share the graphic one, but remind folks that on that one, all times are Eastern. Have a great end of the year and we look forward to an amazing 2019 for sports.