Feeding the beast

There are fifteen, count ’em, fifteen, bowl games scheduled between the CFP semi finals and finals, including five after January 1st.

All of that reflects a general trend of stretching out the bowl season from start to finish.

In recent years, the bowl season has begun on a Saturday before Christmas with several games. This season, bowls begin Friday, Dec. 20 with the Bahamas Bowl at 2 p.m. ET. The Frisco Bowl is later that day. The next day six games, including the Celebration Bowl, which matches teams from historically black colleges in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will air on either ESPN or ABC.

(Also, don’t forget that’s just ESPN’s schedule you’re looking at.  CBS and Fox have five more broadcasts to add to the mix.)

Don’t get me wrong here.  I’ve got no problem with bowl games; the more, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned.  But for a bunch that’s struggled with the message of making the CFP a special, new tradition for college football fans (how’s that whole “fuck it, let’s play on New Year’s Eve” thing going, anyway?), wholesale abdication of postseason scheduling to Mickey seems like a poor way to go about showcasing your crown jewel.

Hell, who am I kidding here?  They’ll probably use it as another excuse when the time comes to expand the CFP to eight teams.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil

12 responses to “Feeding the beast

  1. Gaskilldawg

    I think the college football playoff WAS invented by that Dr. Pepper vendor. You can see his planning skills at work.


  2. Before you know it, bowl season will be as long as the NBA playoffs (otherwise known as the second half of the season)


  3. Dawg in Austin

    What exactly was wrong with playing the semifinals on January 4? NFL playoffs?


  4. ASEF

    Would I watch a bowl game tomorrow?

    Probably. Dang I miss CFB.


  5. hodgie

    i will watch college football anytime anywhere. i have no limits i just don’t care. i love it now i love it then. i can’t wait for it to begin again. stretch the season it just gives me reason. if you don’t like it, i’ll call it treason.


  6. Dawg1

    I know you may not realize, as it is just writing off the cuff, and I am NO prude or snowflake when it come to hearing or using off-color language, but could you please edit the post and take out the Lord’s name used for no real reason (in vain, as it were). That would be the courteous thing to do for the vast percentage of your audience who believe that this is crossing a line both from a Judeo and Christian perspectives (the third of the ten commandments etc.)

    Thank you for your understanding.


    • Got Cowdog

      For curiosities sake, what perceived slight and to which deity are you talking about?


      • Got Cowdog

        NM I found it. I thought it was because he used “fuck” and “Mickey” in the same paragraph. My bad…..


        • ATL Dawg

          Can you tell me where it is? I’m not seeing it.

          I’m not Jewish or Christian (or any other religion), so maybe that’s why it’s not jumping out at me?


      • The Dawg abides

        Thou shalt not take the name of the Mouse in vain.


  7. Tony Barnfart

    That Monday January 6th game in Mobile should be well attended. My neighbors….they work too, ya know ?!


  8. Macallanlover

    Like you, I don’t complain about the number of bowl games, folks can watch or not, their choice. I do hate was has become of the bowls being less meaningful because of the quantity, and because the players care less. We will never get back to the old bowl system so the memories of limited, warm weather locations for more deserving teams will be with me as the better set up. I will watch what I choose based on the match-ups and what family plans I have for those dates. I do like them spreading out more games so we reduce the overlaps.