Tom's Take: Let's allow 13 games, lose about 25 bowls

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According to reports, the Big Ten bowl picture is supposed to change. And the first alterations are leaking out. Here’s what’s being talked about: the Big Ten and ACC will share the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl between 2014 and 2019 — with each conference to appear in each game three times during that span vs. the SEC.

My thoughts? This causes me to shrug my shoulders. I honestly have a difficult time getting fired up for bowl games that really mean nothing.

Why not just let every FBS school schedule a 13th game and drop about 25 bowl games? Don’t all schools want more home games for revenue purposes, anyway? Give it to them and forget about some of these made-for-TV bowl games.

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ukeone on 5/14/2013 @ 1:39pm EDT Said:

Other than a couple of the main BCS games & maybe a few of the upper-level bowls involving ‘good’ match-ups, I NEVER pay attention to any of the other bowls. They are a waste of my time, as I could be watch something more exciting, such as “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” On TV, you only need to look at the attendance in the stands of most those lesser bowl games to see just how much ‘interest’ there really is in them.

Ed on 5/14/2013 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

I enjoy the lesser bowls. The bowl season makes for more excitement than a 13th game.
For all the complaints about college football being to driven by revenue, the 13th game argument doesn’t hold up.
More bowls are better for the players to play for something at the end of the year. It also gives the fan base an opportunity to travel.
I understand the issue with lower attendance. However I believe that’s a marketing problem.

jjncaa on 5/15/2013 @ 4:17pm EDT Said:

because you don’t like college football, ukone😛 more bowls -> more fun, but I tend to agree with Tom

ukeone on 5/15/2013 @ 6:13pm EDT Said:

Love college football, jjncaa, just not the meaningless games. Don’t be so quick to make such outlandish and overreaching conclusions because if I judged your statement above, I’d say you ‘have nothing better to do in life than watch TV’ all day long…but I won’t say it.