I had wondered about this myself, and just assumed it had something to do with TV or avoiding Friday night, or something silly like that, but I never imagined it was actually being controlled by the other bowl games. How ridiculous is that?
As a West Coast resident myself, the games wouldn’t necessarily interfere with any plans I might have to ring in the New Year, but the Oklahoma – Clemson game will start at 1PM on a work day. Fabulous! 😉