A Friday announcement out of the lair of the evolving BCS system brings news straight out of a sports-business Cinderella tale: All non-BCS bowls have been invited to “to consider whether they are interested in submitting a proposal to host the national semifinals and other bowl games”!
First, a reminder on how the postseason will work from the 2014-15 season on:
The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl have already been chosen to host the first national semifinals of the playoff on January 1, 2015. The Orange Bowl and a yet-to-be named bowl will host the semifinals in the second year of the playoff. The two bowls that will host semifinals in the third year have yet to be named. Bids are being sought for the three to-be-named bowls.
If that sounds like a lot of very vague language, well, let’s consult our designated oracle on the matter:
BCS says 31 bowls may bid for right to host semifinals in playoff. Doesn't matter: 3 open spots will go to Fiesta, Cotton & Chick-fil-A—
Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 15, 2013
Righto. Will this stop us from creating Power Rankings of the bowl games we most wish to contend for host slots? It will not, because it is both March and Friday:
1. Las Vegas Bowl. It’s the Las Vegas Bowl. Did you know you can take a three-story water slide ride through a shark tank at the Golden Nugget?
2. Capital One/Russell Athletic Bowls. Tasking Florida Citrus Sports’ internet-legendary social media team for both the Orlando games with covering a more prominent event worked out well for the Orange Bowl. Let’s see it applied regularly on a bigger stage.
3. Holiday/Poinsettia Bowls. When you break down the time in fractions, you don’t actually have to spend all that much of it in QualComm Stadium. The rest of the time, you are in San Diego eating burritos and cooing at the baby panda exhibit. QED.
4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. See above re: not having to spend all that much time in the stadium; plus, this will only help convince holdout skeptics that Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is indeed a real place.
5. Belk Bowl. Sells itself.