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It's hard to believe, but yes there are a total of 35 bowl games on the bowl schedule this year. That means that a total of 70 out of the 124 teams in NCAA division 1A football get to go to a bowl game. That is a whopping 56% of teams that get to play a post season game. This would be the equivalent of seeing 18 teams make the playoffs in the NFL (currently they only have 12).

The first thing people will say is "Oh good, they get to go to a bowl game. The players deserve it." While I'm sure that all of the college football players have earned their bowl game, the problem that I have with this is that we are now rewarding mediocrity. Honestly, 4 teams from the Sun Belt conference made a bowl game and Central Michigan is the 7th Mid American Conference team to get a bowl game at (6-6)!

There are just way too many bowl games. I say 30 is perfect for a bowl season. That means 50% of the teams make a bowl game. I'm fine with that. Take the worst 5 of these bowl games and eliminate them. Then the NCAA can promote that like they do with Selection Sunday in College Basketball. Which teams on the bubble? And have some of these bowl game lose their affiliation with a conference/conferences. Not all of them, if you didn't finish in the top 4 of your major conference then you wait on the bubble for an at large bid with the other teams.

What this ultimately leads to is a lot more luck being involved in picking the bowl games each year. Have you seen a Western Kentucky play a game this year? Neither have I (sorry Hilltoppers fans). Unless you comb over each team's schedule and pick out the little trends and helpful hints, you wouldn't know who was going to win that Ohio vs UL-Monroe game, would you?

I don't mean to pick on the NCAA so much, but I liked the bowl system the way it was about 10 years back at the beginning of the BCS. Here is the schedule for the 2012 NCAA college football bowl season:

  1. New Mexico Bowl - 12/15 1PM ESPN- Nevada (7-5) vs Arizona (7-5) - Favorite Arizona -3
  2. Idaho Potato Bowl - 12/15 4PM ESPN - Toledo (9-3) vs Utah State (10-2) - Favorite Utah St -10.5
  3. Poinsettia Bowl - 12/20 8PM ESPN - BYU (7-5) vs SDSU (9-3) - Favorite BYU -3
  4. St Petersburg Bowl - 12/21 7PM ESPN - Ball State (9-3) vs UCF (9-4) - Favorite UCF -7
  5. New Orleans Bowl - 12/22 12PM ESPN - ECU (8-4) vs La-Lafayette (8-4) - Favorite La-Lafayette -6
  6. Las Vegas Bowl - 12/22 3PM ESPN - Washington (7-5) vs Boise State (10-2) - Favorite Boise State -5.5
  7. Hawaii Bowl - 12/24 8PM ESPN - Fresno State (9-3) vs SMU (6-6) - Favorite Fresno St -12
  8. Little Caesars Bowl - 12/26 7PM ESPN - Western Kentucky (7-5) vs Central Michigan (6-6) - Favorite WKU -5
  9. Military Bowl - 12/27 3PM ESPN - San Jose State (10-2) vs Bowling Green (8-4) - Favorite SJSU -7
  10. Belk Bowl - 12/27 6PM ESPN - Cincinnati (9-3) vs Duke (6-6) - Favorite Cincinnati -7
  11. Holiday Bowl - 12/27 9PM ESPN - Baylor (7-5) vs UCLA (9-4) - Pick'em (No Favorite)
  12. Independence Bowl - 12/28 2PM ESPN - Ohio (8-4) vs La-Monroe (8-4) - Favorite La-Monroe -7.5
  13. Russell Athletic Bowl - 12/28 5PM ESPN - Rutgers (9-3) vs Virginia Tech (6-6) - Favorite Virginia Tech -2.5
  14. Texas Bowl - 12/28 9PM ESPN - Minnesota (6-6) vs Texas Tech (7-5) - Favorite Texas Tech -12.5
  15. Armed Forces Bowl - 12/29 11AM ESPN - Rice (6-6) vs Air Force (6-6) - Favorite Air Force -1
  16. Pinstripe Bowl - 12/29 3PM ESPN - West Virginia (7-5) vs Syracuse (7-5) - Favorite West Virginia -4
  17. Fight Hunger Bowl 4PM ESPN2 - 12/29 - Navy (7-4) vs Arizona State (7-5) - Favorite ASU -14.5
  18. Alamo Bowl - 12/29 6PM ESPN - Texas (8-4) vs Oregon State (9-3) - Favorite Oregon State -2
  19. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - 12/29 10PM ESPN - TCU (7-5) vs Michigan State (6-6) - Favorite TCU -2.5
  20. Music City Bowl - 12/31 12PM ESPN - NC State (7-5) vs Vanderbilt (8-4) - Favorite Vanderbilt -7
  21. Sun Bowl - 12/31 2PM CBS - USC (7-5) vs Georgia Tech (6-7) - Off the Board (USC favored)
  22. Liberty Bowl - 12/31 3PM ESPN - Iowa State (6-6) vs Tulsa (10-3) - Favorite Iowa State -1
  23. Chick-Fil-A Bowl - 12/31 7PM ESPN - LSU (10-2) vs Clemson (10-2) - Favorite LSU -4
  24. Gator Bowl - 1/1 12PM ESPN2 - Mississippi State (8-4) vs Northwestern (9-3) - Favorite MSU -2.5
  25. Heart of Dallas Bowl - 12PM ESPNU - 1/1 - Purdue (6-6) vs Oklahoma State (7-5) - Favorite OSU -16.5
  26. Outback Bowl - 1/1 1PM ESPN - Michigan (8-4) vs South Carolina (10-2) - Favorite South Carolina -5.5
  27. Capital One Bowl - 1/1 1PM ABC - Georgia (11-2) vs Nebraska (10-3) - Favorite Georgia -10
  28. Rose Bowl - 1/1 5PM ESPN - Wisconsin (8-5) vs Stanford (11-2) - Favorite Stanford -6.5
  29. Orange Bowl - 1/1 8PM ESPN - Northern Illinois (12-1) vs Florida State (11-2) - Favorite FSU -12.5
  30. Sugar Bowl - 1/2 8PM ESPN - Louisville (10-2) vs Florida (11-1) - Favorite Florida -13.5
  31. Fiesta Bowl - 1/3 8PM ESPN - Oregon (11-1) vs Kansas State (11-1) - Favorite Oregon -9.5
  32. Cotton Bowl - 1/4 8PM Fox - Texas A&M (10-2) vs Oklahoma (10-2) - Favorite Texas A&M -5
  33. Compass Bowl - 1/5 1PM ESPN - Pittsburgh (6-6) vs Ole Miss (6-6) - Favorite Ole Miss -3.5
  34. GoDaddy.com Bowl - 1/6 9PM ESPN - Kent State (11-2) vs Arkansas State (9-3) - Favorite Arkansas State -3.5
  35. BCS Championship - 1/7 8PM ESPN - Notre Dame (12-0) vs Alabama (12-1) - Favorite Alabama -10

 

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