Question by NCAAF Fan: Does this odd ball solution make sense instead of using a losing team to fill a bowl slot?
OK, so in case you haven’t heard the ncaa/bowl committees are a little worried this year because for the first time ever it looks like a losing team will be needed to fill a bowl slot. Unfortunately they are thinking of changing the rule to allow this to happen so that all the bowls can go forward.
I will note to the people that just say cancel the bowls, you can’t… they have signed contracts demanding that those games be played and those contracts include TV kick backs so they will be played no matter what. Also I will say that I would be happy with a playoff, or a playoff/bowl mix so no need to go there. We are looking for a short term solution to a problem that needs to be addressed this year.
Now to the solutions:
My proposal which a few coaches have been saying as well is to take a undefeated FCS team which has beaten a FBS team in that season instead of a losing FBS team, we all know that the FCS team is better and it is common knowledge that the top FCS teams would be mid range FBS teams(exactly in the range of bowl eligibility). BEFORE I HEAR THE FCS SUCKS COMMENTS, yes the FCS sucks but they have outliers just like in any sports league/conference. Saying all FCS teams suck would be like saying Boise State sucks because it is in the WAC or Mississippi is great just because they are in the SEC. Also I will note that James Madison coach said “The top two or three teams in our league are bowl teams every year, and I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” said Matthews, whose Dukes play in the powerful Colonial Athletic Association, which boasts four other FCS national champions (Delaware, Richmond, Villanova, and Appalachian State) since JMU won it in 2004.
Other solutions include (Multiple solutions may be needed) :
Allowing a 5-7 team in.
Allowing a 6-6 team in that has two wins against the FCS (Currently only won win counts).
Allowing a 6-6 team in with two wins against lower league teams (Syracuse is the only team that qualifies for this because although they have 2 FCS wins one of the teams “Colgate” does not qualify as a win at all under the current rules because they don’t have athletic scholarships on that team).
Allowing a 6-7 team in if it lost its conference championship game, this applies to the MAC and Conference USA on a regular basis.
Answer by Colonel Reb
Maybe this should be a sign to the NCAA there are too many freaking bowl games.
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