Wednesday (A dramatic reduction in college bowl games?) edition: Wha' Happened?
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- January 25, 2012 - 9:40 AM
McMurphy said here that he's been told by college football sources that there is "strong support" for making changes to how bowl eligibility works and that eligible teams could need to reach seven victories starting in 2014. Teams that go 6-6 have been eligible since 2006.
That begs the logical question: Wha' happens to all the bowl games (looking at you, KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER, and others) who are filled with uninspiring six-win teams? Well, a number of games would be eliminated -- somewhere between five and 12, he says, with the likely number in the middle.
Now, it's hard to say if these ideas are being batted around and being well-received -- but ultimately just ideas -- or if they actual have some legs and traction to become reality.
Our sincere hope would be the latter, for the same reason McMurphy notes: Much of the bowl season doesn't feel special when there is just game after game. This year, there were 35 bowls; that means 70 of the 120 FBS teams (58 percent) made it to a bowl game. Ten of the 12 teams in the Big Ten (a sentence start that would make no sense to a non-native English speaker who isn't a college football fan, but whatever) played in bowl games.
Of course, it's also hard to imagine college football giving up any revenue -- not to mention telling a decent number of bowl games to simply fold up shop.
Then again, it could be a sleight of hand move. Hey guys, look over here! Pay no attention to the fact that we're not fixing the broken system to determine a champion! At least we're not letting those truly mediocre teams play in meaningless games!
But if college football could lop off eight bowl games and implement a better way to determine a champion? Well, then the sport just might be onto something.
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