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No new bowl games for next three years

Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:25 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you were hoping that the NCAA would add another bowl game or two to the schedule in the near future, you're going to have to wait at least another three years for it to happen.

In April, NCAA president Mark Emmert called for a moratorium on bowl games during an investigation of the Fiesta Bowl and the way the game spent the money it made. The investigation eventually led to the bowl's CEO John Junker being dismissed from his role.

At the time, Emmert said the actions taken by Fiesta Bowl officials -- along with the questionable spending practices of the Orange and Sugar Bowls -- "call into question both the integrity and the quality of oversight of such events."

When Emmert and the NCAA announced the moratorium on bowl games, they gave the schools 60 days to "appeal" the NCAA's decision, and, as the USA Today points out, that 60-day window passed by earlier this week without a word of protest from any of the schools. 

Which means that there won't be any new bowl games added for at least the next three years. Which, in my opinion, is perfectly fine by me. The only way a new bowl game should be added to the schedule is if it's replacing an old one because 35 bowl games every season is more than enough. Having 35 games means that 70 of the 120 FBS schools are playing in a bowl game every season. Which also means that we get a lot of 6-6 teams being rewarded for having extremely mediocre seasons.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that bowl games are rewards for players, which I have no problem with. But when you start rewarding teams for losing just as many games as they won, it starts to feel like a tee-ball game in which nobody is keeping score and everybody gets a trophy. 


Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:34 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

Geez, I'm all brokin' up. How 'bout NO BOWLS AT ALL AND A PLAY-OFF SYSTEM INSTEAD.

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:55 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

I'm with nuts35 With aprox 120 FBS teams and 35 bowl games that's 70 teams making it to a bowl game. More than half (with most) of them being meaningless. I feel that a team must win atleast 8 games to qualify for a bowl regardless of conference alignment. This would drop the number of bowl games to about 24 or less. With all the games having some meaning and most probably entertaining. A bid basis for all bowls (not counting the BCS bowls) eliminating conference only bowl alignment. One year your the first pick and the next you start at the bottom with the last pick working the way up to 1st again. The only conference aligned bowls would be the BCS bowls as is current. Also insuring non-AQ teams a game depending on BCS rating.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:24 am

No new bowl games for next three years

I think you should have to win 75% of you're games to qualify for a bowl game. If that only leaves you with 15 then that's how many there should be.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 6:04 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

35 Bowl Games is 7 too many.  There is no reason why 6-6 teams should be rewarded for mediocre seasons.  Last year, 13 teams with 6 wins played in bowl games.  8 of those teams needed wins against FCS teams to qualify.  That adds up to 7 needless Bowl Games.  If a team cannot have a WINNING season (over .500), they do not deserve to be in a bowl game.  With fo many Bowl Games being played, fan interest get smaller and smaller as the Bowl Season wears on.  The Bowl season is already too long.  This season, Bowl games are scheduled for 12/17 thru 1/9.  That is nearly a month.  That is too long.  Attendance and T.V. ratings are way down at many of these unnecessary Bowls.  28 Bowls is more than enough.  25 would be better.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:45 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

No new bowls for 3 years?  How about no bowls period?  Instead, we have a 16 or 20-team playoff as I-AA (20), DII (24), and DIII (32) have.  I know that's crazy talk.  You know, having 1 legit champion at the end of the season instead of 35 teams that get to end the year with a win like elementary kids.  Everyone gets a trophy.  YAY!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:47 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

This is OUTRAGEOUS! I was so looking forward to seeing Kent State play New Mexico in the Blizzard Bowl in beautiful donwtown Minot, North Dakota.

Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:40 pm

No new bowl games for next three years

Bowl eligiblilty should be changed to 7 wins.  Bowls should be reduced to at most 30 and there shouldn't be any non-BCS bowls after Jan 1st.  If bowl-eligiblity reduces the amount of possible bowls, the cheesiest / most-minor bowls get the axe.

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:19 am

No new bowl games for next three years

Why would anybody actually actively HOPE for a new Bowl game or 3?

Watered down.  They're hardly entertaining anymore.  Just like everything it's all about the Benjimans.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:59 am

No new bowl games for next three years

The eligibility for college bowls is below.

If any college football fan thinks their team deserves to go to a bowl even if they couldn't qualify for this watered-down process you almost undoubtedly grew up playing tee-ball and/or soccer where "everyone received a trophy just for trying".  That's just pretty crazy.

Of course, simply conducting a playoff of the top 32 teams would make all of the nonsensical talk go away. 

Under current regulations, in order for this to occur, a team must have a winning record, which may include one win against a Division I FCS scholarship-awarding opponent, or win their conference, and the team must not be on probation. The NCAA allows one victory per season over a Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) team to count toward an FBS team's bowl eligibility, so long as the FCS team has supplied financial aid for football averaging out to at least 56.7 full scholarships (90% of the limit of 63 allowed to FCS schools) over "a rolling two-year period" that can include the current season.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:49 am

No new bowl games for next three years

First of all, you all are right. It will be difficult to find more bowl eligible teams with AT LEAST a 0.5000 record.

Second of all, I totally agree that a team should have a WINNING season to go to a bowl. Not having a losing seaon is not the same.

Bowls come and bowls go. Currently there are the 5 BCS games and 30 non-BCS games. Over the course of time, there were over 100 other bowls (major and minor) that started and quit. So adding new bowls is nothing new.

But let's reward winning teams. Include the FCS teams in the bowl picture if you need more teams, but only if they have a winning record and beat at least 1 FBS team (and are not 1 of the 20 tournament teams).

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