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New Year's Day will be a lot more enjoyable

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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Your New Year's viewing schedule will be more manageable this year. (USATSI)

Quality, not quantity. That's what New Year's Day is going to become for college football fans this season.

According to a report from ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, there will only be two bowl games on New Year's Day that aren't affiliated with the College Football Playoff: the Outback Bowl and Capital One Bowl. And I couldn't be happier about it.

I've always loved New Year's Day because I couldn't think of a better way to begin a new year than by sitting around and watching college football all day long. It's just, in recent years, it's become a lot harder to do so. It's always seemed strange to me that, while more and more bowl games are added to the schedule every year -- which I'm fine with because more bowl games means more football to watch -- the lesser games usually get time slots to themselves. Then, when New Year's rolled around, featuring some of the best teams in the country facing off, there would be three to four games on at a time.

You could focus all your attention on the Poinsettia Bowl, yet you had to divide it among the Capital One, Outback and Gator Bowls, games that featured matchups of teams from the SEC and Big Ten.

That will no longer be the case.

This year there will be only eight games played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (the Outback and Capital One Bowl, the four "access bowls," and the two College Football Playoff semifinals), compared to 10 to 12 games in the past seven years. Five of the games will have exclusive time slots. Which means you'll be able to focus on the games that deserve your attention the most, all while still getting a day full of college football to begin the new year.

I can't wait to watch them all.

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