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Mandel: Will college football’s newfound Semifinal Saturday finally deliver?

December 28, 2019

On Jan. 1, 2015, major college football hosted the first set of Playoff semifinals in the near 150-year history of the sport. And they were awesome. Marcus Mariota-led Oregon toppled Jameis Winston-led Florida State in that afternoon’s Rose Bowl. Urban Meyer and Ohio State upset Nick Saban’s top-seeded Alabama squad in the Sugar Bowl that evening.

Each game garnered more than 28 million viewers, a larger audience than had watched the previous four BCS championship games. Much of the public had spent years, if not decades, clamoring for an event like this, and the first version thoroughly delivered.

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