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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:51 pm 
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I would favor reducing the number of bowl games played and requiring teams to go 7-5 or better. Not so sure that ESPN would favor removing those extra games though.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:36 pm 
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I wouldn't mind a cut down on the bowls if and only if they come at the expense of the bigger conferences. like the pac 12 #8 or the SEC #9. With the addition of 4 more upgrades starting this football season i don't mind have 30 bowls. allow 6 -6 teams to be bowl eligible but force at large bids to take the higher winning teams. Like western Kentucky was 7-5 and weren't picked.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:39 am 
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I will never understand why people want to have less football played,


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:44 am 
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NolesTopThePolls wrote:
I will never understand why people want to have less football played,


I agree with you to a point. While I would love to have college football on every Friday and Saturday night, I can't stand the weak bowl matchups. I understand their position on getting as many kids as possible the opportunity to play in a bowl game which has merits of its own. I myself played an NCAA sport, and I wanted our conference's tournament to expand from 6 teams to 8 teams (out of 14) because we finished 7th or 8th each year I played, so I know the kids want to play in a bowl game. To me, however, the 35+ bowl games diminishes what the teams with better records were able to do on the field. Same reason why the conference I played in didn't expand the playoffs to 8 when our conference expanded to 14. It's college athletics, not youth or recreational. I personally would like to see 15-20 bowls (30-40 teams), but with the way money is made on bowl games, that won't happen.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:28 pm 
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NolesTopThePolls wrote:
I will never understand why people want to have less football played,

Did you watch the AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Independence Bowl in Shreveport which at least has Casinos if nothing else), Little Cesars Bowl (Motor City Bowl aka Cold Bowl), BBVA Compass Bowl (old PapaJohns.com Bowl aka Birmingham Bowl...who want to going bowling there?) New Mexico Bowl (Sun Bowl's poor cousin), Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (old Emerald Bowl), Heart of Dallas Bowl (Old Cotton Bowl), R&L Carriers Bowl (New Orleans Bowl aka not the Sugar Bowl), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise Bowl), Beef O Brady Bowl (St Pete's Bowl aka not the outback bowl), or the GoDaddy.com Bowl (GMAC Bowl aka the Mobile Alabama Bowl...that's right, another Bowl in Bama)?

Well if you did good for you, but most people don't, and most big time programs in the AQs don't want to play in them...the link does a good job of spelling out why. It's simple supply/demand, right now there are so many bowls that even respectable ones like the Gator, Holiday, or Alamo don't get the ratings they deserve. Give everyone the extra weeks of practice time and raise the requirement to 7 wins to be bowl eligible (with possible exemptions for the academies).

And FYI I'm giving the Military and Armed Forces Bowls a pass here due to their tie-ins with the Academies but even they don't pull in an audience.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:21 pm 
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The smaller FBS conferences are creating four NEW bowls for next year.

Montgomery AL (Camellia Bowl)
Bahamas Bowl
Miami Bowl (Marlins stadium, not Dolphins)
Boca Raton Bowl (Florida Atlantic U stadium)

We can argue whether more bowls is a bad thing. However, between following @EmptySeatsPics and some of the stories I see from elsewhere, thank your lucky ESPNs that half these bowls aren't folding after this year. I think we've reached the saturation point regarding the television "density" of these games... and I think large swaths of football fans are done with the notion of traveling to them.

There's a problem here.


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