Champions Bowl to be Played in New Orleans as Sugar Bowl

By James Gomez
Sugar Bowl
Derick Hingle-US Presswire

What makes a champion? How about a lot of sugar? Well, at least that is the decision from the latest bowl game entitled the Champions Bowl. Where better to host the new game than the friendly confines of the Sugar Bowl.

If you can remember, the Champions Bowls is the latest attempt by two major conferences to ensure big money pours into their bank accounts. The bowl game is part of a new deal between the SEC and the Big 12 to ensure their “champions” meet on the field of play for a big payout and TV attention.

Part of the new four team playoff format that will be enacted in 2014 the first Champions Bowl is set to commence New Year’s Day 2015. A bit of a wait, but for the champions of the aforementioned conferences to have a go at each other, the wait is well worth it.

Plenty of towns wanted a piece of the new bowl game, but it was Dallas and New Orleans that had the final chance. Geographically, both made sense. Dallas is already home to the Cotton Bowl, a SEC and Big 12 tie-in game. New Orleans is the traditional host of the Sugar Bowl SEC champion tie-in.

In the end the location is a mute point. The big picture is that the format for determining the college football champion will change for the better (at least in my opinion). Four is better than two.

For many, a final four isn’t perfect, and I understand the argument that more teams are needed. Whatever your opinion is for the perfect number of teams involved in a playoff format, the good news is that college football will get a little sweeter in 2014.


James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow James on Twitter as well.

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