The 2015 college football bowl season is certainly going to be an odd one. Not only will there be three 5-7 teams playing in a bowl game for the first time in history, but for the first time in nearly four decades, two teams from the same conference will meet in a postseason game not in a playoff scenario.
Colorado State vs. Nevada in Arizona Bowl believed to be 1st non-playoff matchup of same leagues since 1979 Orange Bowl (OU-Nebraska)
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 6, 2015
The two teams did not meet each other in the regular season, but that doesn’t make it any less strange. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson was not happy at all and he released a statement Sunday night about the situation.
An excerpt from the statement:
While the expansion of the pool to provide additional teams was a necessary step at the end of this season to protect the college football bowl partners, and one which the Mountain West supported for at this moment, a conference match-up in a bowl game did not have to happen. The NCAA decision to allow 5-7 teams to be added to the pool on an equal footing with 6-6 teams was flawed. Our Conference representatives argued steadfastly for an approach whereby all 6-6 teams would first be placed according to primary and secondary agreements among the conferences and bowl games.
It certainly seems as though this bowl game could have been avoided. It’s even crazier that this game is the newest bowl game this season.
What do you think football fans? Could one of these teams be put somewhere else? Are there too many bowl games?
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