This year, there were more bowls than ever before with 40 different games. Next year, college football is adding one more bowl game to make things even more difficult.
The bowls already had a tough time filling games this year as three of the 80 teams enter the bowl season with losing records of 5-7. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, there is currently talks of making it required that teams win seven games before getting a bowl invite next year, per Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Looking at the list of teams in bowl games this year, that would probably be a pretty difficult thing to do for the future. This year alone there were 11 6-6 teams and 14 5-7 teams, three of which made bowl games.
With one more game being added on next year, it would be too much to ask these teams to win seven games just to make a bowl without either adding another game to the regular season or having all these teams schedule cupcakes for their non-conference, neither of which any fan of college football wants to see.
If you don’t want this trend of 5-7 teams making bowl games to continue, it would be best to cut down the number of bowl games. However, bowls bring in a lot of money every year and money rules everything, so we can forget that option all together.
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