4 Obvious Things to Dislike About College Football Bowl Season
The bowl field is set, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
The majority of the hype over college football's bowl schedule is (rightfully) centered on the playoff, which includes the top four-rated teams in a bracketed field vying for the national championship. But as is often the case with sports, controversy is as easy to find a penalty flag.
Here are biggest problems we have with college football's bowl system.
The Outside Looking In
Eerily similar in nature to the NCAA basketball tournament when fans and teams air their beefs at not getting into the field as the 69th or 70th team, the schools and fans of the 5th- and 6th-ranked teams stake their claims as to why the committee should have put them in. Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma can all make their cases, but in the end only four teams get in.
This isn't two-in-one shampoo -- thee are only four spots for four teams. There will always be teams that are upset and if the field ever was expanded, then the next group out can have an argument. At some point, a line has to be drawn.
Being Bad Has Its Rewards
If you've lost more games than you've won, should you really play in the postseason? This is the byproduct of too many bowls -- some teams with losing records will play in a bowl game. There are 128 teams in FBS and an astounding 80 of them make it to the postseason. That's just ridiculous. It's like not going to the big dance, but somehow you're still named homecoming king.
Great Matchups. Really?
Look, bowl season is nirvana for college football die-hards, but, come on, some of these games are hardly must-see TV. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl pits
Appalachian State vs. Toledo. There's the AutoNation Cure Bowl, which features UCF vs. Arkansas State. The Dollar General Bowl will have Ohio taking on Troy. Don't get us wrong -- these matchups are great for the players and those fan bases, but they're about as enticing as the bowl game names themselves (more on that in a minute) and the average fan is not setting the DVR to catch them.
What's In A Name?
There was a time when bowl names were simple and conjured majestic images of college football's elite squaring off. The Sugar Bowl. The Rose Bowl. The Orange Bowl. Now? Those games still exist, but they've been besieged by corporate sponsorships. The Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual. The Capital One Orange Bowl.
And the lower-tier games are just plain odd. The aforementioned Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl and Dollar General Bowl are joined by the ranks of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, among others. Sorry, but those names are clunky and, call us crazy, words like "Cure," "Dollar General" and "Famous Idaho Potato" just don't sound right in a bowl name.
The good news is that not all bowl games are destined to last a long time and the really good news is that while the names and matchups are not always salivating, the ones that are highly-anticipated have a chance to go down in history, something Alabama will keep in mind as it goes for back-to-back national championships.