Bowl games are a unique reward for those who endure and enjoy college football

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  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2016 7:33 a.m.

    Santa Clara will be real fun!

    Go Utes!

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 5, 2016 7:29 p.m.

    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 difficult.

  • Ray E. LITTLETON, CO
    Dec. 5, 2016 3:19 p.m.

    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.

  • ChiefSportsFan Denver, CO
    Dec. 5, 2016 11:07 a.m.

    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!

  • GreyWolf ,
    Dec. 5, 2016 10:48 a.m.

    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 polls do.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2016 10:04 a.m.

    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 Chille

    Yes, 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).

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Dec. 5, 2016 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Green Chille Albuquerque, NM
    Dec. 5, 2016 8:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Dec. 5, 2016 8:05 a.m.

    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.