The winners and losers in the new bowl world:
Cotton Bowl: Dumped from major-bowl status almost 20 years, the Cotton has returned with style. Not only is it back among the elite in the rotation of national semifinals, but it will host the first national championship game in the new format.
Peach Bowl: The Atlanta game, long sponsored by Chick-fil-A, jumped into the rotation for the national semifinals. Plus, it got its Peach name back.
Orange Bowl: The Orange solidified its status in the national semifinal rotation and signed agreements with the ACC, Big Ten and SEC, meaning it won’t have to host a mid-major. One team per year outside the power five conferences is guaranteed a berth in one of the six big bowls.
Miami Beach Bowl: For a startup game, this bowl in Marlins Park has a decent matchup. Brigham Young vs. an American Athletic Conference team.
Detroit Lions Bowl: Replacing the Little Caesars Bowl at Ford Field, the Detroit game struck agreements with the Big Ten and the ACC, propelling this game up the food chain.
Military Bowl: The game on the Navy campus often has a leftover matchup (San Jose State-Bowling Green, Toledo-Air Force) but now has an agreement with the ACC, which will send its seventh, eighth or ninth team to Annapolis, Md., against the American Conference.
Pinstripe Bowl: The New York Yankees game has a dream matchup — Big Ten vs. ACC or Notre Dame. And they are decent assignments. The Pinstripe is grouped with three other bowls to get the ACC’s No. 3-6 team, while it is grouped with two other bowls to get the Big Ten’s No. 5-7 team.
Liberty Bowl: Not since 1988 has Memphis hosted two power-conference foes (excluding the Big East). That should change now, with the Liberty having the No. 5 Big 12 team and an SEC team from a group of 3-8.