College Football Bowl Games We Can Do Without
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It is a proven fact that flooding any market with any product diminishes the value of the product. If you have tried to sell a house in the last five years, you understand this principle.
College football bowl season is no different.
Thirteen of 70 bowl teams are 6-6, and one is 6-7. There are far more bowls than there are quality teams to fill them.
Here are a few that we could do without.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Illinois started 6-0, then finished 0-6.
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This game will feature Illinois, loser of six straight, and UCLA, who finished the season at 6-7. Both head coaches got fired.
Maybe it should be called the "We're So Bad Our Coaches Got Fired Bowl."
If you are a fan of either team and plan to attend this game, here is an idea to really fight hunger.
Take all the money that you would spend to go to this game. This includes tickets, hotel, food and drink, gas and/or airfare.
Take that amount, write a check to your local food pantry, and volunteer at a soup kitchen instead of attending or watching this game.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Iowa State wreaked havoc on the BCS by upsetting Oklahoma State.
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I have no doubt that New York City is beautiful during the holidays.
That being said, go to Times Square on New Year's Eve.
A 6-6, Iowa State will play Rutgers in what is essentially a home game for them. The game will be played at Yankee Stadium.
I know it's not really "The House That Ruth Built," but to play a lower-tier bowl game at this sacred baseball facility is nearly a sin.
It may be worse than hockey at Wrigley.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio will play Utah State in Boise.
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For losing the MAC Championship, Ohio gets "rewarded" with a trip to Boise to meet Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
As long as I can remember, Idaho potatoes have been famous.
Why do we need a bowl game in frigid Boise to remind us of this?
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
TCU is the only team to beat Boise State.
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What is the purpose of this game?
Do the sponsors really think that people across the country will join the San Diego County Credit Union?
Last year, the Rose Bowl. This year, it appears in the bowl with the longest name in history.
Surely it deserves better than this.
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Urban Meyer is the new Head Coach at Ohio State.
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This is one of the older bowls that has become irrelevant.
The storyline of this game is Urban Meyer. The former Florida coach is now the new coach at Ohio State.
These are two brand name teams that met for the BCS title just five years ago. Both teams were a mediocre 6-6 this season and should be home for the holidays.
It's time to let this bowl fade into history.
Northern Illinois won the MAC Championship.
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Northern Illinois won the MAC Championship and was "rewarded" with a trip to...Mobile, Alabama.
That's not exactly the most exotic place on earth. The streetlights are turned off at 7:00 p.m.
Seriously though, besides racy commercials featuring Danica Patrick, the GoDaddy.com Bowl will feature two 10-win teams.
Even though both hail from lower-tier, non-AQ conferences, it might be a better game than other bowls with big-name teams.
Allstate BCS Championship Game
Alabama and LSU will play again for the BCS Championship.
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From 1998 until 2005, the BCS Championship was rotated among the four BCS bowls. What was wrong with that format?
Why add an extra game to decide the championship? Why add two more teams that couldn't win their conference to the BCS?