Monday, January 3, 2011

Stupid Myths About College Football

Some people apparently like "The Bowl System", or as I like to call it, the "Corporate Sponsored Exhibition Game" system. You will frequently hear these people say that in the college football regular season every game is important because if you lose one game (for most teams) or two (for the rest) your season is over.

Here is a list of college football games that don't matter.

1. 99% of non-conference games.

Because of the BCS, and because there are so many bowl games, every team has a huge incentive to get enough wins to become "bowl eligible" and to not lose a game for as long as possible. This results in teams scheduling 3-4 cream-puff games every year that are basically pre-season games. They do not matter, and are boring.

2. Every game played by any team with 2+ losses. They can no longer win the title. Contrast with the NFL where even teams with 7 losses can still win the title. Who has a meaningful regular season again?

3. Every game played by 95% or so of non-AQ schools. They are eliminated before they even play a game.

4. Every bowl game that is not the BCS Championship game.

That's a lot of games right there. The fact is that most of the college football season is interesting only because it is football, and football is always kind of interesting, but the playoff system in the NFL actually serves to keep more teams alive for a longer period of time.

The Bowl system is stupid and outdated. It's a playoff system where almost everyone qualifies but almost no one can actually win. It's almost like the Caucus Race.


tracker said...

Indeed. I cared exactly as much about last night's bowl as I did the Orange Bowl two nights earlier.

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