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2014 BCS Championship Game moved to permanent Monday home

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The BCS has traditionally held its championship game on a Monday. The forthcoming college football "Final Four" plans to hold its championship game on a Monday. And of course, the original basketball version of the Final Four holds its title game on a Monday, too.

So frankly, it's something of a mystery why the 2013-2014 BCS Championship Game -- the final one before the "Final Four" takes over for the 2014-2015 season -- was ever scheduled for a Tuesday. But just to make sure all future national championship games already have their claims on early January Mondays staked as firmly as possible, that 2014 game at the Rose Bowl has been rescheduled, from Tuesday, Jan. 7, to Monday, Jan. 6.

"Moving the game closer to the weekend makes it a little more fan-friendly in terms of travel," Bill Hancock, the BCS executive director, said in a press release. "Plus, although the national championship game always enjoys blockbuster television ratings, moving it to Monday night may provide even more people a chance to watch the game."

"This change also gives us a head start as we establish Monday night as championship game night under the college football playoff," Hancock added.

The 2013 game, set for Jan. 7 at the Orange Bowl, is already scheduled for a Monday night.

So the move for the 2014 seems like a complete no-brainer. But then again, this is college football and the BCS; even decisions that require no thinking at all aren't always the ones that get made, are they?

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