The BCS era is over, and we are nearing the moment when New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are restored to preeminence on the bowl calendar. The catalyst for this change on the cusp of new epoch is the aggregation of the New Year’s Six, expanding the elite series of bowl games from four to a half-dozen contests.
Two of those games will serve as semifinals to determine which two schools will play in the inaugural College Football Playoff final on January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The other four offer access points not just for the Power Five conferences but also the best mid-major school from among the Group of Five leagues. All six showdowns bring a glut of ranked teams to the calendar of contests on December 31 and January 1, providing the perfect compliment to the shift in the year column of the chronometer.
The Sports Unbiased staff has already offered preliminary predictions of the two semifinal games and the final that you can take a look at to get up to speed. We’ve are also breaking down every bowl game being played, taking extended looks at each of the New Year’s Six games to improve your viewing experience. Find links to the previews below. and you can catch every game on ESPN: