If you’re a college football fan (and, quite frankly, why wouldn’t you be?), can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year than to spend the day watching your favorite sport?
Obviously, millions of you agreed that’s how you wanted to spend the first day of 2015, as evidenced by the numbers generated from the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal games, following the 2014 season. The Sugar and Rose Bowls, the sites for last season’s semifinals, delivered the second- (28.27 million viewers) and third-highest (28.16 million) audiences in cable TV history, respectively.
Combined with the College Football Playoff National Championship—which garnered THE LARGEST audience and highest rating in cable history, with 33.4 million viewers and an 18.2 US household rating, less than two weeks later—it turned into one huge, football-loving celebration across the country.
Fast forward to this season, and college football aficionados already are sizing up their teams’ chances of making the playoffs. A New Year’s Eve date awaits–in either Miami or Dallas–with the final matchup slated for University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 11, 2016.
After a highly successful inaugural season, year two of the College Football Playoffs should give fans even more reason to cheer. While the CFP touts the tagline “Every Game Counts,” fans have become more immersed in the system that ranks teams based on conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and other factors.Who will be the next Ohio State, which, undoubtedly, surprised quite a few experts en route to claiming the first College Football Playoff National Championship? The Buckeyes, who finished the 2013 season with a two-game losing streak, successfully travailed through the rigors of the 2014 season to dominate Oregon, 42-20, in the inaugural title game at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
There’s even more crowd-pleasing action to experience during the 2015 campaign…and more arenas in which to witness the unveiling of its next champion.
Famous for palm-tree-shrouded resorts, desert golf courses and elegant fashion centers, the Phoenix suburb of Glendale is enveloped by breathtaking scenery. Rugged mountains define the city’s horizon, which also provides the backdrop for one of the lushest and most colorful deserts in the world.
The region is also known for its perpetual sunshine…and, on January 11, 2016, the spotlight will be shining just as brightly on nearby University of Phoenix Stadium, as another college football season reaches its exciting conclusion.
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