We've gone from 28 bowl games to 40 bowl games in 9 years. 80 teams will now play in bowl games. Jesus Christ make it stop!
40th bowl game to be created
that we make some bowl this year just grew a little.
I don't think that's the case. The bowl-eligible teams that are not making bowl games are from conferences like the Sun Belt. If a Big Ten team is bowl eligible, they go to a bowl, whether there are 30 bowls or 40. The 2 teams that will benefit from the addition of another bowl are probably both 7-5 (maybe 8-4) teams from terrible conferences.
This helps Western Michigan get to a bowl, not Michigan.
Now this is just getting silly
If there is money to be gained by all 3 parites (2 schools and the bowl) then you can bet the number of bowl games will keep going up.
Most schools don't make money on bowl games.
I guess schools figure the exposure or the recruiting benefit of being able to say "We went to a bowl game" is worth the thousands of dollars in losses to them
The coaches love the extra 15 practices a bowl game gets you. Other than that, there's no real benefit to getting into Bowls 15-40. There is just not enough money in it to be worth it.
Although I'd hesitate to call bowl games a "vacation" per se, they are a sort of reward for the hardwork put into creating a good season. And that reward (similar to a vaction) is not really about making money at its heart.
...said the dad who buys 4 day Disney hopper passes for six.
Thanks to schools being forced to pay for unrealistic amounts of tickets, the schools lose on fleabag bowls.
We'll still have 4 games going on at the same time on New Years Day.
The only good thing to come out of the playoff movement, afaiac.
And all B1G, right? Worst scheduling ever. Oh cool. 4 of the bowl games I'm most interested in, and I can only watch 1 of them.
It does benefit breast cancer charities, so that's good, but yeah 40 is a lot of bowl games.
Pardon me. I forgot the playoffs will be two bowls, so only 78 teams. Still...
64% of FBS will be in bowl games.
Said it before, send everyone to a bowl. Worst teams go to awful locations.
"0-12 ohio vs 0-12 notre dame. Live from the Pine Bowl in Bangor, Maine"
Or we could make it international and put it in Bangor, Saskatchewan. Population: 50.
What I'd love to see is a single, incredibly desirable game for the worst two BCS programs (without adding any other bowls). Put it in Honolulu, make the gifts incredible, play it on Christmas Eve on ESPN, call in the Better Than Your Stupid Bowl, etc. That way, teams would have to make a midseason decision about whether to try to "Shoot the Moon" - in Hearts terms - and risk looking like dicks if they finish as the third worst team and miss the bowl.
I support this wholeheartedly.
Call it the toilet bowl and hold it in East Lansing, I mean Columbus.
The First Annual Monrovia Bowl. Played at noon on Christmas in Monrovia, Liberia, so it can be shown live on ESPN2 at about 4 AM Christmas morning.
This needs to end.
I'm not complaining. It's more football to watch.
U would seriously watch Tulsa vs Georgia st
yup....I love to watch college football as much as possible. really refreshing when you don't have a horse in the fight.
Right now (in April), I would watch that game so hard.
Fuck it let them make as many bowl games as they want if and when the playoff expands to 8 teams will be all that matters
This essentially guarantees a 5-7 team will make a bowl game
Good. Maybe then Michigan will have a chance of winning.
I don't understand the dislike for this. I love that there is this many bowl games. It gives me more football to watch as football is getting to the end of the season. If you don't like how many bowl games there are then don't watch them, there is literally nothing, nothing, forcing you to watch the games. I however, and many many people, love to watch football even if it's not the best of teams. Football is football.
"Football is football."
Do you enjoy watching pee-wee games?
I know the logic says 40 bowl games= 80 teams but since there is a playoff, wont there only be 78 teams over the 40 games since 2 teams will play in 2 "bowl games". I'm really not sure if that's right, that's just my understanding.
With some "playoff" teams potentially playing in two games in two consecutive weeks, what's to stop a non-playoff team from participating in two bowl games? Considering that the bowl season now stretches from mid-december to nearly mid-january?
It's not like I'm angry that ESPN will be showing some MAC-CUSA game instead of ....
Nobody is forcing me to watch these games.
The school can decline the invitation.
The Grey Poupon bowl for teams that probably suck. I for one look forward to this riveting matchup.
Well seeing that their were 81 teams who were Bowl Eligible (I counted those that were banned) last year, I think that 78 teams going bowling is the most they can do unless they want to let non >= .500 teams make it.
They have to be getting close to the tipping point where it will not be possible to mathematically have enough .500 win teams to qualify.
One more bowl game is no skin off my back. Everyone knows what the good ones are anyways. In the end, it doesn't even matter, though I did try hard and got pretty far.
Still waiting for The Toliet Bowl brought to you by Mr. Clean.
Assuming the number of teams joining Division one does not, on average, outstrip the average addition of bowl games to the slate, then we're looking at close to total saturation in...oh...20-25 years, if I am guessing correctly. A bowl game between 3-9 teams seems like a strangely realistic possibility within the next 10-15 years or so now - I hope it is sponsored by One Hour Martinizing for some reason.
If you like wagering on games - handicapping a game between a 4-6 and 5-5 team is far more difficult than with a 10-0 and a 9-1 team.
The playoff system next year will inevitably expand - and one day will have 16 teams; the regular season will be jockeying for playoff inclusion and position.
I imagine the reason for bowl games is squarely a money play, with additional television and regional exposure thrown in. You may see something I don't yet i can't visualize how the ability to hold additional practices for bowl fringe teams would make the quantity of games go down
For decades it was argued that implementing a playoff system would destroy the bowl games.
Maybe it takes a few years - and a few extra bowl games added first - before it all collapses.
... collapses into a 128 team playoff with 127 bowl games.
Eventually every team will get a participation award.
...but they should play the bottom 20 bowls...now. I don't care if you've lost seniors and don't have freshman.
Play them now and give me something to watch this time of year.
I bet they'd get more viewers too...
Rather than play a spring game, but fill the bottom 20 bowls after the regular season and just play them in April.
Who cares about anything else, this is about what is best for ME.
I don't want to watch a shit bowl bowl in December, but I'll damn sure take it in April. Let's spread the wealth. You're more likely to have better weather too.
I watching Michigan/OSU '97 on ESPN Classic TWICE today. That's how bad I want college football. I didn't even know I still had ESPN Classic and saw that The Game was on and accidently turned to it twice and each time ended up watching the remainder of the game.
Make it happen NCAA.
More Football! More Practices! I don't see the problem. Seems to me that people just like to complain.
The cheerleaders have a corn dog swallowing contest at half-time, and spectators are encouraged to join in the fun up in the stands.
Bobby Boucher is dissapointed.
At least there is more football to watch. Not crazy about this amount of bowl games but it's at least something to watch.
Agreed. I'm a fan of anything I can look forward to watching on a Tuesday night in mid-December
College football is my favorite sport to watch, and it's not even close. I will watch Harvard and Yale if that's the only game on. No, an extra bowl doesn't piss me off one bit.
I'm still trying to figure out how there was any advantage at all to Michigan in this last bowl? They win, and they beat a pathetic K state team. They lose and they lose to a pathetic K State team. Did I sum that up correctly? Now throw in a loss of money and it's just an awful situation.