The Welfare Directors Have cost college football, the Bowls, and really all of the top schools who go to bowls a bunch of money. The number of people watching these 'welfare' games on TV will be less than it would be without the mid-level welfare provisions. FSU is one of my top-10 favorite teams but I won't bother to watch them play Northern Illinois. I certainly would not spend the money for travel, hotel, and game tickets for such a game. (I did go to the OU/FSU game in Tallahassee, last season, paying for after- market tickets.) I would bet money that the national TV ratings on the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will not match the ratings on the Cotton Bowl. The money the system uses to pay the mid-level schools the Big Bucks has to come from the pool that would reward the schools who really produce income to the system.
I like Louisville as a team, they are scrappy, but probably won't bother to watch them play Florida. I never miss an Oklahoma game. I try not to miss Bama. I'll watch USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, and the two or three top Big-10 schools, as it fits my schedule. Other than that I try to watch the teams/games, the results of which might affect the status of my Sooners.
I was looking forward to Florida in the Sugar Bowl because the Sooners lost the National Championship to them and Tim Tebow a few years ago. The Texas A&M game will be as exciting and even more important because of the Aggies QB, Johnny Football, and the story of the Aggies leaving the Big-12 for the SEC. I will not even predict the outcome. Either of those games could have gone either way.
Argue with me if you want! I may not answer every stupid remark but I challenge you, after the Bowls are over, compare the national TV ratings. By the way. The Cotton Bowl game, which is played in the Dallas Cowboys stadium, was announced 'Sold-Out' within minutes of the announcement of which teams would be playing. Mike Fair