It ended up that way because contractually the Rose and Sugar Bowls have to be played on Jan 1st, or Jan 2nd when the 1st falls on a Sunday (so they don't go up against the NFL). That means they have to find another day to play for years like this when bowls that are not the aforementioned two host the semis. They did it on New Years Eve a couple years back, and the ratings were horrible, so now they want to avoid that day too. It gets a bit tough when you try and please everyone....usually you end up leaving no one happy.
What I thought was odd is the long wait between the semis and title game this year. I'm as big a college football fan as you'll find, but I didn't know the exact date of the championship game and would have sworn it was this past Monday night, until I found out otherwise just a couple days prior. I guess now we need that extra week for the hype machine, a-la the Super Bowl.
It's weird to me that the Peach Bowl is among the big ones all of a sudden.
Cotton was a big one back in the day I think, then it was added to the NY6 slate, but that wasn't a thing this year I guess.
New Years Day had four games. Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Alamo Bowl. Replace the Citrus and Alamo with Peach (I guess) and Fiesta, and on one day you get practically the top 8 teams in action, against one another.
They played 5 meaningless bowl games after the semis. They couldn't fit those in between 12/20 and 12/31?
It would just make more sense to have all the bowls early, the big four on New Years (or the 2nd). Noon, 3pm, Semis 1 at 6pm, Semis 2 at 9pm. Then no more games until the Title game.
On the other hands, maybe it's over saturation, I watched the semis games only, and by that I mean I had it on while we had people over, or I might have missed it completely.