The Bowl

If there was ever a need to make an argument against the current BCS bowl system, look at the bowl schedule.

We start off with the fantastic San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl between traditional powerhouses TCU vs. Northern Illinois.

On December 22, viewers at treated to the early Christmas present – the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl with the household names of Rice and Troy.

There’s San Jose State, Middle Tennessee, Central Michigan, Tulsa, South Florida and a dozen or so other schools who annually make up the 13-16 seeds during March Madness all playing in meaningless bowls all across this great nation.

You have Pioneer PureVision, Bell Helicopter, Petro Sun, Brut, Insight, MPC Computers and several other companies you have never heard of sponsoring bowl games you don’t care about.

There is one early bright spot: a Florida State, UCLA game. Until you realize that they are playing in the Emerald (?) Bowl, FSU is horrible and UCLA is the USC upset away from finishing 6-6 with a losing record in the awe-inspring Pac 10.

The BCS bowls have teams with no football tradition like Boise State, Louisville and Wake Forest. One quality one-loss team and several good two-loss teams didn’t make the BCS bowls because the games wanted schools that would sell more tickets and boost ratings. Why else do you think we got the Sugar Bowl between Notre Dame and LSU? ND could have had four loses and still made the BCS. Not to even mention the mess at the top with four one-loss teams from top conferences and only one spot to play Ohio State.

But what has to be the worst bowl match-ups has to be the GMAC and International bowls, not because of the teams, although they are bad, but because of the timing.

After you have watched the BCS bowls, after everything has been decided except for the national championship, after every other college football fan in the nation have turned their attention to Florida and Ohio State, four schools are still gearing up for their big bowl games in Toronto and Mobile, AL.

Cincinnati and Western Michigan will tussle in the all-important International Bowl in Toronto, while Ohio (not State) and Southern Mississippi battle in the GMAC bowl in Mobile. Why schedule those games then? It should be a rule that every meaningless game has to be played before January. No one wants to sit down on the second Saturday of January for a big time match-up between the Cincinnati Bearcats and WMU Broncos.

The NCAA Division I football system should change, but, unfortunately for deserving teams and annoyed fans, it won’t any time soon – or at least until university presidents figure out a way to make more money from a playoff system than the current system.

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