The SEC had a dominant draft as most expected but the numbers were quite impressive. It began with 12 players in the first round and ended up with 63 total picks or an average of nine players selected per round. To take it one step further the SEC East had 32 players drafted, the West had 31 players drafted. The ACC had 31 players total drafted while the Pac 12 had 28 as the next two highest leagues. It really gives credibility to any argument over which conference is the best in all of college football. The fact that this many good players are in one league and twice as many as any in college football means the SEC champ and runner up should always be given a strong look for the four team playoff.
Speaking of the playoff it is all set and all that we’re waiting to find out is who will decide the four teams and exactly how. But let’s not get caught up in minor details the fact that we have something new on the horizon is exciting. The most exciting thing may be the return of New Year's Day to our living room. With the semi final games on New Years Eve and New Year’s Day along with the other bowls we once again have destination television. For many of us this was how we grew up watching college football on New Year's Day, and having multiple options throughout the day and night. Here is the line up with the future Championship sites to be determined.
The first year will be Sugar and Rose Bowl on New Year's Day 2014 with the Championship Game held in Texas on January 12. The seeds will determine the site of the Game. For example last year Alabama would have played Florida in the Sugar Bowl while Oregon would have played Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl. The next meeting of the committee will be on June 19th.
Here is what the future holds for the six bowls involved in the College Football Playoff.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host a semifinal game on Dec. 31, 2016, Dec. 31, 2019, Dec. 31, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2025.
The Cotton Bowl will host a semifinal game on Dec. 31, 2015, Dec. 31, 2018, Dec. 31, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2024.
The Fiesta Bowl will host a semifinal game on Dec. 31, 2016, Dec. 31, 2019, Dec. 31, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2025.
The Orange Bowl will host a semifinal game on Dec. 31, 2015, Dec. 31, 2018, Dec. 31, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2024.
The Rose Bowl will host a semifinal game on Jan. 1, 2015, Jan. 1, 2018, Jan. 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2024.
The Sugar Bowl will host a semifinal game on Jan. 1, 2015, Jan. 1, 2018, Jan. 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2024.
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Staying with the scheduling theme the Wisconsin Badgers deserve some credit for reaching out to LSU for a match up. They want to play the game in Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. The Big Ten will go to a nine game schedule in the future and they don’t want to be left out of the College Football Playoff. I think SEC teams will get more calls like this from the Big Ten in the future.
I think there could be some new play makers in the SEC for 2013. Keep an eye on Laquon Treadwell at Ole Miss who will have the benefit of playing opposite Donte Moncrief. If you stay with receiver keep an eye on Chris Black at Alabama, Pig Howard with Tennessee and in Mississippi State keep an eye on JUCO receiver Jeremy Chappelle. For running backs the Florida Gators have a freshman in Kelvin Taylor while Alabama has freshman Derrick Henry and Auburn has a JUCO transfer in Cameron Artis-Payne.
I had the opportunity to speak to a few SEC coaches this week for the Chick fil- A challenge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. It was interesting to hear the points of view with regards to a playoff. Obviously Steve Spurrier was in favor of a playoff and wouldn't mind it being expanded while SEC West coaches Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Dan Mullen said they just want to focus on the Western division its tough enough.