New Year's Day, college football playoffs make nice pairing

New Year's Day, college football playoffs make nice pairing

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - College football is a staple of the New Year's Day celebration for many. And with some friends and family, it's tradition to get out of the house and watch the marathon of games in a place maybe a little more noisy than your typical living room. There's nothing like the roar of a college football bowl game rooting section in a small space.

Brothers Steve and John Welch wouldn't have it any other way.

"I'm out of the country a lot, so when I get into town, I like to come and see him and watch games. Drink beer and watch games," John Welch said.

It really doesn't matter who wins, he says, as long as it's not Florida State.

"It could be Kent State playing Florida State right now," he said. "I would find a Kent State hat, and I would cheer Kent State on."

Not the sentiments of Seminole fan Ryan Kozlowski of Biloxi, who was rooting his team on against Oregon in the first of two college playoff games. But he enjoys the different rooting sections, even among his buddies who have been gathering on New Year's Day to watch football for about five years now.

"When the college football playoffs this year and in the previous years with the BCS bowl, we try to get together and watch it," Kozlowski said. "Because we have a lot of different rooting interests and it makes it fun. ... Everybody's off, big games playing today, so it just felt right."

Under the old system, the top two ranked teams played in the national championship. This year, the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl served as playoff games to decide which of the top four ranked teams would go to the championship.

Despite supporting different teams, everybody seems to support the playoff system.

"It's better than letting the computer or some people just decide," Steve Welch said. "When the teams are on the field and they prove it on the field, I think it means a lot more than just tallying numbers."

Kozlowski agreed.

"I think a lot of people are saying that four is not enough, maybe you should have eight," he said. "But then you run the risk of having it watered down and six creates an odd number. I'm okay with the four. It's a start. It's better than the BCS."

The college football game frenzy ends Jan. 12 with the national championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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