College Football: An Arugment in Favor of Bowl Games

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 17:  Brett Baer #40 of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns is held up by his teammates after kicking the winning field goal to defeat the San Diego State Aztecs 32-30 during the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 17, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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College football bowl season is officially upon us.

35 games over a stretch of 26 days with teams ranging from the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns to the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers.

Every bowl season one of the biggest controversies surrounding college football is magnified, the BCS.

The argument for a playoff system is legitimized by teams like Oklahoma State who have the same record as Alabama, but was left out of the BCS National Championship game because they didn't impress the voters enough.

Perhaps the controversy is magnified even more so this year due to the fact the BCS National Championship game is a rematch of a 9-6 snooze fest won by LSU in November, but we are forgetting about one thing when making the argument to get rid of bowl games in favor of a playoff.

The little guys.

Hypothetically, if a playoff were to be implemented it would likely be a small tournament between the Top 10 teams, leaving the 60 other teams involved in bowl games out of the postseason fun.

Just three games into the 2011-12 bowl season and we have already seen some magical moments.

Take R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for example. With just 35 seconds remaining on the clock, down by five, San Diego State quarterback Colin Lockett connected with Ryan Lindley to give the Aztecs a one point lead after failing to convert the two point try.

Louisiana Lafayette got the ball back with 30 seconds left on the clock and in a Tebow-esque performance, Blaine Gautier got his team into field goal range and Brett Baer connected on the 50-yard field goal to give the Ragin' Cajuns the 32-30 win, their first in school history.


Without bowl games, the Ragin' Cajuns would never have been able to experience this joy.

Unless a playoff system is implemented that only drops the BCS and not the other 30 bowl games. A trip to a bowl game is something these kids will never forget and it would be wrong to take that away from them. 

Keep them around for the little guys like the Ragin' Cajuns who will never get the shot at a BCS National Championship.