If you are a college football fan — who has no life — the last two weeks of the calendar year are an absolute piece of heaven.
You have 40 bowl games to watch.
In reality, with the exception of the two national semifinal games, none of them matters.
But that doesn’t mean there are two bowl games and 38 wastes of time. It’s reasonable to say that slightly less than half of those bowl games have the history, the tradition, the quality match ups and the geographic diversity that mandate attention.
So, I propose making the college football regular season actually mean something. To do it…
I’m chopping 23 bowl games. This means that 34 of the 128 teams in the FBS will make it to the post-season. Thirty-four. Not the current 80.
The “keeper” bowls are (and their bowl tie-ins are included in parentheses):
Rose Bowl (Big 10 1 vs Pac-12 1)
Orange Bowl (ACC 1 vs Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 or SEC 2)
Cotton Bowl (Big 12 1 vs Pac 12, Big 10, ACC or SEC 2)
Fiesta Bowl (Pac 12 or Big 12 2 vs SEC or ACC 2)
Sugar Bowl (SEC 1 vs ACC, Big 10, or Big 12 2)
Peach Bowl (SEC 3 vs ACC 3)
Outback Bowl (SEC 4 vs Big 10 3)
Las Vegas Bowl (MWC 1 vs Pac 12 4)
Holiday Bowl (Big 12 3 vs Pac 12 3)
Alamo Bowl (Big 12 4 vs Big 10 4)
Russell Athletic Bowl (ACC 4 vs Sun Belt 2)
Military Bowl (AAC 1 vs MAC 2)
New Orleans Bowl (Sun Belt 1 vs CUSA 2)
Belk Bowl (CUSA 1 vs AAC 2)
Liberty Bowl (MAC 1 vs MWC 2)
Sun Bowl (Independent 1 vs Wild Card)
Citrus Bowl (Notre Dame vs Wild Card)
The top-tier six bowls would need to be adjusted during the years that they host either one of national semifinals.
Is this a perfect system? No. But no rearrangement of the bowl system is going to make every league commissioner happy.
In the end, the question really is this: As a fan, do you want quality or quantity? My proposal ensures that teams that demonstrated success — especially inside their conference — earn a post-season opportunity.
I’m curious what you think.