10 Bowl Games We Would Love to See Eliminated
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.
Honorable Mention: New Era Pinstripe Bowl
See the picture? All that white stuff is not conducive to great football.
Sure, the allure of watching a hard-fought game fought in the snow is great, but the quality of the game diminishes.
The ball is slippery, players get tentative and cuts get close to impossible—especially for running backs—as the field gets slick and muddy.
That's what happens in New York in December. It snows, and it is cold.
Some fans might be all about such a contest, but this game does not look like fun. Though the snow does not always limit scoring, as evidenced by last season's 38-14 score, watching a game that is played in less-than-ideal weather is not the most appealing proposition.
10. MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
This is another bowl game that seems a bit superfluous and features the same teams over and over.
Boise State has won the game in each of the last five seasons, when it should have probably been in a much better contest.
The five seasons prior to that, from 2005-2009, BYU played in the game.
Other than seeming a bit repetitive, this bowl game needs to go the way of the dodo bird because the Mountain West champ deserves a better bid while the fifth-place Pac-12 team should probably be at home come bowl season.
9. Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl
This article is not about bad article names or sponsors, or this one might be at the top.
However, given the matchups this gem has provided in recent seasons, it definitely belongs on this list.
The last three seasons, the teams involved have been Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, Purdue, FIU and Toledo.
That's as many "directional schools" as not.
That's a problem.
The combined record of the two teams involved last season, Central Michigan and WKU, was a woeful 13-11.
The year before, Purdue and Western Michigan had the same 13-11 mark.
Do away with this game and spare us all.
8. Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl
Given the realignment currently in the works and the probable amount remaining, there is really no telling who will actually be in this game in upcoming seasons.
However, when one makes a list of bowls that can be cut, this one makes that list easily.
It currently features the Big East's sixth bowl-eligible team and Conference USA's fifth-place team.
Other than fans of the two participants, this game appeals to approximately nobody.
Cut it, and do it soon.
7. Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl
This one was a struggle to add to this list, as it takes place in an excellent venue in Hawaii.
That trip is probably pretty incredible for the players and coaches, what with all the beaches, surfing and incredible vacation opportunities intermingled with practices.
But this game is a bit superfluous.
And fans of whichever schools are involved—unless it's Hawaii—are not going to travel for the game, meaning the stadium is empty for the game.
In this age where the philosophy that everyone deserves a reward for participating is prevalent, this is one of the games that should be dumped.
There are just too many bowl games and a matchup between Conference USA and WAC teams needs to be moved to the mainland or done away with altogether.
6. Belk Bowl
The Belk Bowl really isn't a terrible bowl game, including last season's matchup between Duke and Cincinnati.
The Blue Devils fell to the Bearcats, 48-34, leaving the Blue Devils without a win in bowl history.
So there is definitely no obvious reason to cut this bowl.
But if the cuts are going to be made, this game, which only started as recently as the 2002 season, needs to go.
There is no tradition attached to this game and it is not a great matchup.
5. Advocare V100 Independence Bowl
This game has been around since 1976, so it is not the newness of the bowl game that earns it a spot on this list.
Three of the last four games have been won by at least 17 points, and currently, this bowl game is supposed to feature the seventh-place ACC team and the third-place MWC squad.
If that's not a boring matchup that could be scrapped, what is?
4. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
This pretty much sums it up.
Who wants to watch Minnesota and Texas Tech other than the fans of those programs?
Last season's game was great, coming down to a field goal by Texas Tech with time expiring, as it scored 10 straight points in the last 70 seconds of the game.
Final score: TTU 34, Minnesota 31.
Even so, the matchup of two worse-than-mediocre teams from BCS conferences is not exactly the most appealing game on the bowl schedule and could be cut from the lineup.
3. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl provides plenty of comic relief.
For instance, John McCain was arm in arm with the Oreo mascot at the 2012 edition:
That's hearty nutrition for fighting world hunger.
Anyway, the game is not what one would consider a marquee matchup.
This season, the sixth-place Pac-12 team will face BYU if the Cougars win at least six games. If not, the alternate is the ACC's ninth-place team.
Sounds like a great matchup.
2. Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Do we really need a game that features the fifth-place team from the MWC and the seventh-place team from the Pac-12?
Last season's edition featuring Arizona and Nevada was a good one, winding up 49-48 in favor of the Wildcats.
But don't let the exciting result throw you off, this game needs to go.
The Wolf Pack never beat a single FBS team with a winning record in 2012 and yet earned their way to a postseason bowl berth by virtue of a 7-5 record.
While two games over .500 is better than a 6-6 record, it still shouldn't be good enough to make a bowl game.
1. GoDaddy.com Bowl
No offense to the Sun Belt and MAC conferences or their wonderful fans, but this game needs to go.
The early days of January are filled with exciting matchups between the top teams in college football, culminating in the BCS title game.
But nestled in between all the games featuring conference champions and top-ranked teams is this contest.
What better way to pass three hours than watching two mediocre teams face each other in a meaningless bowl game in between all the titanic slugfests?
Again, no offense intended to fans of the conferences involved, but this game is little more than a waste of time.
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