The college bowl games 2010 will start to get underway soon. For weeks, the college bowl games 2010 will consume fans, as they serve as a long climax to the season. Of course, many fans used to be even more consumed, and paid strict attention to every game. Yet, now that there are 35 of them, and 34 of them are even more meaningless in the BCS era, this part of the year often brings fatigue. Although the college bowl games promise pageantry and tradition, they will also further a new tradition of backlash as well.
In the past, the biggest college football day of the year was on New Years Day – and in the past, it was actually the last day of the season. Even though only a few of these battles determined a national title, most of the bowls were still celebrated.
Today, as the games near, fans are not entirely thrilled with anticipation. This is mostly due to the BCS, and the increased number of games. Now that there are 35 of them, the quality of the field has been diluted a bit.
Nowadays, even 6-6 teams can play in one more game – and they have become very necessary to fill out every one of them. Eventually, the day may come when they have to pick a losing team for a postseason game – especially if they add any more. This year, only 72 teams were eligible, with 8-4 Temple and 6-6 Western Michigan as the only two left out.
Of course, an even bigger cause for concern and blame is the BCS system. For all of the college bowl games, all of them before the Oregon-Auburn national title showdown are undercards. That was often the case in the pre-BCS era as well, but it is more glaring nowadays.
The bowl system in general has become a symbol for anti-BCS protestors, as the money generated gives the powers that be no reason to consider a playoff. Even the likes of the Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar bowls are considered part of the problem.
Still, the system got lucky this time around, as there is no big controversy to deliver another tipping point. Oregon and Auburn were the clear choices for the championship, and the system got to keep another mid-major out of a title shot. Therefore, the bowl games can go on, without so much arguing about how they were set up.
However, the backlash against the system will never go away until a playoff is set – and maybe not even then. But it would appear the only way to get a playoff is to destroy the system as it is altogether. Therefore, as long as the college bowls exist, they will be considered an obstacle to real change.
Bleacher Report- “Trash The BCS: Its Time For How The 2010 College Football Playoffs Would Go”
Philadelphia Inquirer- “No bowl game for Temple”