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Hancock addressed the topic of playoff expansion in a meeting with reporters on Friday in Atlanta, site of the College Football Playoff Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.

The last two seasons the semifinals were played on December 31. He already exceeded his bonus cap of $250,000 by taking UCF to the conference title game, winning that game and defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

- He said the Alabama-Georgia game will have Big Ten officials. It was the best postseason the Big Ten has had in years, and not having a team in the playoff helped the conference slot their bowl teams in a healthier lineup than in years past.

According to a report in Politically Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's politics blog, on Wednesday, Trump will be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the all-Southeastern Conference showdown between Alabama and Georgia.

"It would always be to our advantage just from a pure fan interest perspective to have teams representing multiple regions of the country", Magnus said. "I like the buzz Georgia is getting come off that great Rose Bowl game". Alabama's regular-season finale loss at Auburn cost the Tide the SEC West and spot in the conference title game against Georgia.

This season's New Year's Six got off to a good start for ESPN with Ohio State-Southern California in the Cotton Bowl, played Friday night, December 29. Critics of the playoff are coming out in full force because the national championship game this year will be decided by a team that won the SEC championship by beating a team that beat the team that finished second in the other division. The game drew the best rating (5.9 and 9.468 million viewers) of any non-semifinal game during the four years of the current format. They went 7-1, including New Year's Six wins for Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, over highly-rated foes USC, Washington, and Miami.

If the Sugar Bowl taught us anything, it's that the Crimson Tide's death by slow suffocation is back and brutally effective as ever. Next season's CFP semifinal doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 29. The game starts on ESPN at 8:45 p.m. EST.

The semifinals return to January 1 for the 2020 season. While Georgia played in the closer, more emotional contest in the semifinals, Alabama played in the more physical game that cost it two starters.

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