View Full Version : BCS adding a 5th bowl?
03-03-2004, 06:53 AM
Apparently there might be some hope for small conference teams after all. It appears that the BCS will add a 5th bowl game in 2006.
Nice to see the NCAA is looking like it's caring about the little guys in football...
(Also, it's nice knowing that an idea I mentioned here that I thought would never happened appears to be going through. Maybe I should sue for royalties...:))
Nice to see the NCAA is looking like it's caring about the little guys in football...I don't think there's any guarantee where those two new spots go. This could easily just end up allowing a second (or third) member of a B(C)S conference in instead.
It might help, but it won't neccesarily help. And we all know that those who run the bowls will take a name from a big conference over a Cinderella the large majority of the time. (Unless it's FAU to the Orange or some other such pipedream! :D )
03-03-2004, 08:19 AM
It might help some smaller-conference teams get the big BCS money, but I still don't think it will give any of them a realistic shot at the national championship.
A playoff system is still the only answer, but it's hard to sell that to the big - and rich - conferences.
03-03-2004, 08:37 AM
This was agreed to by the little guys - who said under this system in the past six years four of their teams would have made the BCS system. But it's still no playoff.
03-03-2004, 11:42 AM
This could end up being a problem if they decide to have a playoff system based on the winners of the BCS bowls. Four winners is perfect, but five is awful.
This was agreed to by the little guys - who said under this system in the past six years four of their teams would have made the BCS system. But it's still no playoff.Of course they agreed to it, it's better than nothing. But they still get no guarantees either.
I'm most interested right now in seeing how the process for choosing the 5th site goes. That could get very interesting.
03-03-2004, 12:51 PM
I suggested Atlanta when I threw out the idea. I think it's really the most logical choice, since you already have major bowls in California and Florida, plus I don't see Texas as a "glamour" location. The Cotton Bowl is a glamour bowl I think (in the old Bowl Coalition, this bowl gained status with the Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange because the Rose wasn't involved), but I don't necessarily see Dallas (or Houston for that matter) as a "BCS city" for some reason.
All I can hope is that the bowl is in Atlanta and a small conference team gets to play in it. Even if the latter doesn't happen...it's still better than a playoff. Playoffs in Division I football remain sacreligious.
03-07-2004, 02:48 AM
Playoffs in Division I football remain sacreligious.
The bowls are glorious fun, and the absence of a playoff system gives Div. I football the best regular season in sports. The whole season is a playoff!
And, if you get a split championship, so what? It's not the destination, it's the journey.
03-11-2004, 10:10 PM
Looks like Notre Dame's special status wrt the BCS will end...if I'm not mistaken, all Notre Dame had to do was finish in the top 12 and have 9 wins to be eligible. I bet that the committee will go to straight rankings in the new scheme...
Look for the Cotton Bowl to be restored into the Big 5 Bowl games...this was a premier bowl back in the days of the SWC and Big 8, and I bet it can recapture its grandeur. San Diego or Atlanta are other pretty good suggestions for host cities.
Don't be surprised if deserving mid-majors still get locked out...nothing is guaranteed and few of the mid-majors have placed in the top 10 at the end of the season, so it could be a moot point.
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