College football's bowl season is the icing on the proverbial cake, but not all of the bowl games are sweet.
Bowl games provide one final chance to see your program in action, a final platform for NFL auditions and a final opportunity to springboard a program toward the next season.
However, the term "too much of a good thing" can be applied here.
The bowl season has been watered down to the point where teams that barely reached .500 are playing in a postseason game as a reward for a "good" season.
In 1993, when the NCAA added the Alamo Bowl, that brought the grand total of postseason games to 18.
Last season, there were 35.
The 2011 bowl game Nielsen ratings were the lowest in the BCS era, 37 percent lower than they were in the 1998 season—the first of the BCS.
With so many bowl games, the caliber of the teams playing in said bowls has dropped.
For instance, in the 2012 bowl season, 20 of the 35 games involved a team that had beaten no more than one FBS team with a winning record, while six of the teams playing in bowl games didn't beat a single FBS team with a winning record.
That includes Purdue, which played on New Year's Day.
These are the bowl games that contribute to the little diagnosis of "bowl overkill syndrome" and could be cut to help restore bowl season to its former glory.