Everybody gets a ribbon.
That's one way to describe the current bowl system in the FBS. Out of the 120 teams in the FBS, there are 35 postseason bowl games. That means 70 teams—or more than 58 percent of the entire FBS—will play in a bowl game at season's end.
What kind of reward system is that? Rewarding mediocrity is the name of the game, it seems.
Because so many teams make a bowl game, we're forced to accept some pretty weak teams in the “postseason” in college football. And as the money payouts for these bowl games reach record highs, teams are willing to do almost anything these days to reach bowl eligibility—including padding their schedule with powder-puff opponents.
Here is a list of teams that will find themselves playing in a thirteenth game this season simply because they have chosen to take the lowest road possible and the path of least resistance.