The Orange Bowl game is expected to be played on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET -- even when it's a national semifinal. The other semifinal would be played on Dec 31 in those years that the Orange Bowl hosts a semi.
So does that mean that if the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl both host a semi in the same year, that the Rose Bowl will be moved from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve? And if a Pac-12 team is selected to play in the Orange Bowl, does that mean that they will be forced to play a 10am kickoff on the East Coast?
Both of those situations seem unacceptable to me. For one, the Rose Bowl has a far greater history than the Orange Bowl, and since its inception in 1902, it has never been played before January 1st. This should never change.
And as far as starting at 10am. If any of you are Seahawk fans, you're well aware of the challenge in traveling east to play an early game. You can argue that there would be enough time for a team to adjust to the time change, but 10am is 10am and players will be forced to adjust to waking up at 5 or 6am which is never easy, even when you have time. And considering the stakes in the game and the fact that the Pac-12 team will already be as geographically far from home as possible, the opposing team should not be given any additional advantage over what they'll already have by being much closer to home. Also, as a fan I would seriously resent it if I have to go to bed early on New Year's Eve and will be unable to have anything to drink, because I have to wake up early on my day off to watch a football game.
I really hope that Larry Scott notices this, and has something to say about it, because this will be another blow to the Rose Bowl (maybe a minor one, but it's already taken a major beating and needs everything it can get now), and another chance for Eastern teams to gain an advantage over the Western teams.