Santa Clara will be real fun!Go Utes!
Outside of the N.Y. 6 and the CFP, expenses going to a bowl game for most of the
others is barely a break even proposition. Expand the playoff and do away with
some of the bowls that mean nothing and make qualifiying for a bowl game more
The unmentioned reason why they go bowling: Win or lose, teams take home a few
hundred thousand or a few million dollars to help pay for new training
facilities, additional staff and sparkly helmets.
Personally speaking, I thoroughly enjoy the Bowl Season. I enjoy watching
college football over any other sport except college basketball. Bowl Season extends the exposure for most of the 12 teams I routinely follow
- this year ten of them qualified and two of them play each other; Nebraska gets
my nod in that matchup.What I don't enjoy is the partisan
rancor rampant in the comments we so often see here. I believe lively
competition is good for the soul; but bitter sniping at one another is not.Go Cougars, Go Utes, Go Big Red, among several others - cherish success
and good sportsmanship and a great Holiday season of bowl-bound excellence!
To Riverton Cougar,Utah is currently not in the AP Top 25, but they
are #23 in the Coaches Poll. Neither is really relevant to the CFP rankings, as
by now it should be clear that those rankings work a little differently than the
I like seeing one last game for my team, but it is true that as far as prestige
goes, the CFP is where it's at. They should expand the playoff to 8 teams
at least.@Green ChilleYes, the polls are totally messed
up this year. Top 4 teams losing to unranked teams and only dropping 2 spots,
teams losing and going up in the polls, teams losing to Top 20 teams but
dropping 15+ spots, so much inconsistency. Ranking Utah #19 in the CFP polls is
ridiculous, almost as much as Tennessee being ranked in the CFP polls (they are
unranked in both other polls).
Actually, just about the only game of any interest outside the playoff is
Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (Cotton Bowl? The name really means nothing any
more). Western Michigan is the last team Wisconsin wants to play right now.
Wisconsin gets no credit for winning a game everyone expects them to win. If
Wisconsin loses, rumors will start that the Wisconsin program is in trouble, and
some Wisconsin fans will grumble about possibly firing their coach. If Western Michigan wins, and someone beats Alabama, Western Michigan will
have the unique distinction of being the only undefeated team in D1 Football,
but not being the national champion. (Sounds familiar to long-time Ute
fans.)This is really just a very small taste of what happens during
March Madness in the early rounds.
It would be much, much better for the second level bowls to be a collection of
NIT-style playoffs, like in basketball. More football, more fun, more good
games, and more good teams matched up against each other. Secondly,
who in their right mind is ranking Utah #19? Massey's Composite has them
at #33, behind Texas A&M and Miami who have the same record against better
competition. Really calls into question the accuracy of the college football
playoff poll. 14 spots ahead of consensus is mind-boggling.
90% of the bowl games are simply of no interest to the average person that
enjoys college football. This year we get the added treat of being able to
watch 5 or 6 teams that did not even have winning records play in a bowl game.
90% of these games will be played in stadiums that are not even half full.Most fans will only care to watch the 2 playoff games. What a waste.
An expanded playoff to 8, 16 or 24 teams would draw attention (and money) the
same way March Madness does. More football programs would actually make,
instead of lose money, and the ESPN and Fox revenues off these games would be
even better than the NFL playoffs. What a waste.