Nick Saban was grumbling the other day about his disappointment with the new four-team College Football Playoff system. Sure, Alabama was a part of the inaugural field but Saban does enjoy a good grumble.
Talking at a celebrity golf tournament in Birmingham, Saban said he worried from the very first that the new playoff system would minimize the interest in other bowl games, “which I think is sort of what happened and I hate to see that for college football.
“Maybe we need to go one way or the other,” he said. “Either have bowl games or have playoffs but not try to have both.”
Maybe the importance of most bowl games has been minimized, but the sheer number of them has been maximized. There are four new ones on the schedule this year, bringing the total to 43.
Orlando’s putting on something called the Cure Bowl Dec. 19 on CBS with American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt teams. That’s pretty close both geographically and on the calendar to the Boca Raton Bowl, which has yet to announce a 2015 date but was played last year on Dec. 23.
The other new bowls are in Tucson, Little Rock and Austin, Tex. Guess they’ll just fit them in wherever they can on the TV schedule, according to ESPN’s needs.
UPDATE: Got an e-mail update from Arkansas today saying that Kevin Crass, chairman of the War Memorial Stadium Commission, has declared Little Rock unable to get a deal done to hold a bowl game there in 2015 but might try again later.
Altogether, this makes room for something like two-thirds of the whole Div. I field in the postseason bowl system.
We’re pretty much at the point where it can be said that any coach who doesn’t make a bowl deserves to be fired on the spot.
If you ask me, though, there’s not such thing as too much college football.
How about that Bahamas Bowl last year? Central Michigan ran up 607 yards in total offense and scored a touchdown on a three-lateral play that covered 75 yards and still they lost 49-48 to Western Kentucky.
They haven’t invented the sitcom or reality show that works better than that on a winter night.