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New 'Big Six' could make New Year's Day relevant again, and then some

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"The promise of at least one semifinal game on Jan. 1 is a good start to reversing that trend. Staging the other on New Year's Eve as part of a wall-to-wall, 36-hour college football block party over two days on which the vast majority of Americans are not working has the potential to be a master stroke. Initially, Dec. 31 looks like a tough sell for traditionalists; it's never been a traditional date for any of the big, nationally relevant bowls, and attentions are obviously elsewhere. But if there's a concerted effort to truly own both days, a 36-hour marathon climaxing in a pair of semifinals could quickly earn back the ground the big bowls lost in the BCS era, and then some. Imagine college football's version of the first two, all-consuming days of the NCAA basketball tournament in March. For those two days – not just one – the American sporting universe will revolve around college football and nothing but college football." -Matt Hinton on the first truly smart move in the college football postseason in the history of the sport.

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