Common Ground - Call to Action-Bowl Schedule

Submitted by RationalMSUfan on November 4th, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I just glanced at the bowl schedule and find it infuriating that again, the Capital One, Outback and Gator Bowl are all being played at the same time.  How stupid is that.

I understand Delaney's "dominate New Years Day (ignore the games are all Jan. 2)", but how about spacing them out.  I personally loved the 11:00am Outback kickoff.  Can we start a petition to Delaney for future years.

11:00am - Outback

2:00pm - Gator

5:00pm - Capital One

8:30 - Rose Bowl


Now, that would be dominating New Years' Day!!!!



November 4th, 2011 at 9:19 AM ^

Well, unless you want to blame the eleven AD's around at the time. Either way, it's the Big Ten Commissioner's office that you'd need to talk to. He's the one that sets the contracts for the tie-ins, and I'm sure the scheduling is contractual. He's not going to let them move to Christmas Eve, what makes anyone think the bowls could reschedule to 8:00 to compete with the Rose Bowl?

Saying Delany doesn't control bowls would be akin to saying DB didn't have anything to do with us playing in Dallas. They're the ones who sign the contracts to do these things.


November 4th, 2011 at 9:01 AM ^

I personally enjoy watching the B1G continuously during bowl season. Having games all at the same time forces me to watch a couple of other schools I really couldn't care about. Other than the NC game, I typically don't watch other conference's games. So yeah, I'll second that.


November 4th, 2011 at 2:39 PM ^

typically holidays are given a weekday to be "celebrated" even if the actual holiday falls on a weekend.  When the fourth of july is on a weekend day I still get that Monday off. 

It is ridiculous if it is not deemed a holiday.  Football is the new years day holiday FGS.


November 4th, 2011 at 11:31 AM ^

The bowl games are on the 2nd? This is because of the NFL isn't it? I guess I'm taking a vacation day from work for that day...How dumb.

It's not really a product of the "new" college football in which conference membership is determined by TV contracts and games are played on Tuesdays just to whore for attention.  I hate that the Bowl is played on January 8 or whenever as much as the next guy, but moving the New Year's Day bowls to Jan. 2 if Jan. 1 is a Sunday has been done for quite a while.  Competing with the NFL just isn't smart.


November 4th, 2011 at 9:35 AM ^

I saw that too and was quite pissed.  I did however take the January 2nd as a vacation day so I can get my Big Ten Footbaaaaaw on!  Wife will go to work, send the kid to daycare, and bam drunk by noon.


November 4th, 2011 at 1:02 PM ^

I kind of like flipping back and forth among 3 games at once.  I have gotten so good at it that I can see everything simultaneously, kinda of how each movie frame makes up a continuous moving image because they go by so fast.

Drives my wife nuts.  She won't even stay in the same room.


November 4th, 2011 at 10:55 AM ^

Sweet.  My office is closed that day.  1/2/12 is the observed federal holiday, so I think most places should be closed.  Clearly not some schools, though, which is crap.

South TX MFan

November 4th, 2011 at 11:07 AM ^

I hate it too. Being a fan of college football in general I watch a lot of the bowl games anyways, but I'd really prefer them to space out the Big10 games more. Seems pretty ridiculous to have the 3 biggest games (outside of the BCS) on at exactly the same time.


November 4th, 2011 at 12:38 PM ^

Understand you concern but I thought that Rose and Orange had unwritten agreement years ago. Not positive but I thought that:

Rose Bowl always at 5:00pm EST due to Rose Parade in AM and not wanting to conflict with other games.

Orange Bowl usually follows at 8:00pmish. At halftime they have an incredible light show at halftime hence why this is played at night.


Neither want to play at the same time as each other. None of the other bowls matter though

EZ Bud

November 4th, 2011 at 12:40 PM ^

I absolutely loved when they played this game at 11am, unless Michigan was playing in it. There's something awesome about waking up to breakfast, bloody marys, and B1G football simultaneously. Sometimes I get jealous of those who live in PST.


November 4th, 2011 at 12:58 PM ^

Do they also plan to follow the stupidity of last year and put all of these games on ESPN instead of ABC? I'm pretty sure that was the primary reason the bowl viewership was way down last year. I know plenty of people who don't get all of the ESPNx channels since they are on a budget and only get basic cable.