Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Time to Cut the Number of Bowl Games

Lets face it, when a team like Troy gets into a bowl game without winning the Sun Belt Conference, something is wrong. Obviously the self-imposed bowl bans by Clemson and South Carolina following an in-game field during the school's annual rivalry game aided in opening opportunities to mid-major teams. However, four of the six BCS conferences failed to fill all of their bowl tie-ins. Here is my list of bowl games and match ups that should be kept or created and a list bowls that should be kept. In this re-designed formart, every conference would still receive a bowl bid.

Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)

The Keepers:
Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX)
BlueBonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)- Renamed Houston Bowl
Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)- Renamed Capital One Bowl
Carolina Bowl (Charlotte, NC)- Renamed Meinke Car Care Bowl
Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
Independence Bowl (New Orleans, LA)- Moved to New Orleans
Desert Bowl (Tempe, AZ)- Renamed Insight Bowl
Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV)
Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI)
Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)

Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL)
Emerald Bowl (San Francisco, CA)
Fort Worth Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL)
Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
MPC Computers Bowl (Boise, ID)
New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, CA)

Other than the BCS bowls, that would still be decided by the BCS rankings, the rest of bowl match ups would be left up to the eligible schools and bowl committees to decide. With eight less bowls, 16 less teams, teams would now have to win seven games to be bowl eligible. The only stipulations for piecing together bowl match ups would be that each conference's champion receives a bid, the team has seven or more wins and a team must have at least eight wins to participate in a New Year's Day bowl game. This would be somewhat similar to the old system.


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