1. There are way too many bowls---case and point us. We should not be going to a bowl at 6-6 and the fact that we are makes a bowl a meaningless accomplishment.
2. What bowl you go to has little to do with how good you are.
3. A playoff system could easily generate as much, if not more $ than the current system and would actually settle the national title on the field. I know it's a weird concept, but it seems to work for every other sport.
If college football started out having a playoff 100 years ago, and then switched to bowl games, say a few years ago, the bowl game system would seem incredibly stupid. But since this is the way it has been from the beginning, it seems rational.
If I were to describe the bowl system to someone from another country that utilized a playoff in all of their sports, they would probably laugh at such a stupid idea...
this isn't basketball. if we had a playoff system there would be no way that 64 teams would make it to the postseason. that would take an additional 6 weeks to get through it. the only way it could happen would be if only 16 teams made it to a playoff, but then what's the point of the top 25?
another point, bowl games are a way to show appreciation for the fan bases of the teams that make it. you get to go to a 'foreign' destination and support your team. if only 16 teams could make the postseason, then probably only 20 teams in the country would get good recruits and the rest of the teams would be a bunch of bottom-dwellers. the day the bowl games are ended is the day that college football as we know it will die as well.
[QUOTE=dualthreat;1393399]If college football started out having a playoff 100 years ago, and then switched to bowl games, say a few years ago, the bowl game system would seem incredibly stupid. But since this is the way it has been from the beginning, it seems rational.
If I were to describe the bowl system to someone from another country that utilized a playoff in all of their sports, they would probably laugh at such a stupid idea...[/QUOTE]
Yeah, except that they wouldn't know what you were talking about anyway since we are the only nation on earth with major college athletics.
Bowl games are a sign of achievement for a program. Therefore they are not stupid.
does anyone else cringe when a new bowl game is announced? like the bowl game at yankee stadium with a Big 12 contract? I think we as fans are pleased that we qualify, but it is really a pile of **** that we get to eat. It is a distraction from the problem: ...I like my team, but I hate the lack of a playoff- at least I get to go somewhere where only a few of my friends care about the outcome, and screw the playoff. this can be applied to tv contracts for bcs games. are we going to continually sign new contracts and use that as an excuse to delay a new format?
NO ONE is really talking about the reward the players get in the form of going to a bowl. ISU athletes get to go somewhere warm for a week and play one night under a national spotlight.
Also does anyone know what kind of swag the bowl committee gives to each team? Ipods, Clothes, DVD players, PS3's. There was a bowl last year that gave away something like a $200 best buy gift card to each player. Mighta even been worth $300. i dont recall the exact amount.
Its a solid reward for the players that they can actually accept for their hard work without ISU facing any NCAA sanctions.
Thank goodness for Bowl games. Also gives some players 1 last chance to audition for an NFL job on a national stage. Those guys who ordinarily wouldn't be invited to the NFL combine have a chance to show off their skills.
I love the Bowl system. And until ISU gets screwed out of Being National Champion some time, I don't see any reason to care who the National Champion really is. I get far more enjoyment out of being able to watch the Cyclones play in December than I ever would watching a playoff system happen. The only way I would ever want a play off system to happen, is if they could figure a way to keep the Lesser Bowls intact. Playing for a Bowl and getting to a Bowl is really what keeps a lot of these teams going. ISU would have a tough time making that playoff, ever. I'd just hate to see our kids not get a shot, at least once in their career here, to play in the post season.
Then, in the end it is money. I bet if you polled most ADs around the country, any of them would take that $14million payday over a National Championship and a few million bucks (I'm basing this off what I've heard teams get for getting into the Basketball tournament) . Not to mention the money that would be left out of the conference in general. No way would a playoff build up the kind of Cash to pay out that the bowl system does. If I'm a big name company, I'm more willing to put my money down on "My" bowl as opposed to just advertising during a playoff game.
I had a bunch of friends make the argument of how stupid the Papa Johns bowl was a few years ago. And how this just proved we needed to eliminate the bowl system and go with a play off. I said, "The fact that you know it's a Papa Johns Bowl is all they care about. It's a months worth of advertising for a compared, fairly low cost. It amazes me how many people don't really understand what the bowls are all about. It amazes me even more that people are willing to throw all that cash out, so we know at the end of the year, who the "real" National champion is.
Start a playoff, and I could almost guarantee you, if I had billions of dollars, that I could talk the two top teams out of playing in that playoff, by offering each school $25,000,000 or so to come play in my "exhibition game" instead. The playoff system would generate money, for sure, But no way would it be enough to cover what we'll get by having 8 teams in bowl games from the Big XII. At least not until you find a way to get 50 or so teams into that playoff.
Heck, even the Big XII championship isn't really set up to find the "true" champion of hte Big XII, it's there for the money it generates for the conference. I'm sure most coaches would rather not have to play the game when they are already clearly the #1 team in the conference.
Clonefan94...most excellent work. Especially how the B12 has 8 teams making them money in the next month.
So apparently you don't care about money, fan excitement, improved recruiting, more practices, a good stress outlet for fans, ect ect.
whoa, whoa! we haven't even mentioned relegation yet! If you have the 119 fbs teams all in conferences, and you say to the fcs teams that the best 10 will get bumped up and the worst 10 of the fbs will get bumped down, then you have reward for doing well, and damnation for those who suck. how awesome would it be if uni was in the mac or b12 after finishing well like last year?