They’re just not that into you.

One of the conceits about the CFP that’s constantly amused me is fans who think what they want will be a relevant factor in how the playoffs are formatted.  You know — eight is that perfect number and there’s no reason to expand beyond that; college football really can’t support anything larger; a bigger playoff would affect class time; yada, yada, yada.  That’s working out well.

Oh, yeah, there’s also the “they can’t make the playoffs so big that the average fan can’t afford to travel to watch their team play” pitch.  Allow Bob Bowlsby to disabuse you of that notion.

… In fact, during Big 12 media days last week, commissioner Bob Bowlsby told SI that one of the bigger questions up for debate is whether the 12-team model should incorporate more bowl games in its structure. Instead of having first-round games on campus, maybe they should be played at bowl sites.

“We talked a lot about that. I don’t know how much more we’ll discuss it, but that’s certainly an option that could be implemented,” Bowlsby says. “Instead of the bowls playing Dec. 25 week, we can play Dec. 16 and play it at bowl sites.

“I like the idea of playing on campuses, but the fact is, if you’re going to play on Dec. 16 in Iowa City, Iowa…. that stadium is not winterized for that sort of an event at that time of the year. It’s that way for most of the northern half of the country. There are purely logistical aspects.”

They’re going where the money takes them.  If you haven’t figured that out by now, you never will.


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9 responses to “They’re just not that into you.

  1. Down Island Way


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  2. Was it Bowlsby or Hancock who said if you can’t afford the time or the money to travel for multiple games, you can watch on TV? They win either way.

    I try to resist the thought that I’ll be done with college football in the next 10 years because of this bunch of idiots.

    If Mickey (who owns the most of the bowls) wants the games at his properties, guess what? Iowa State and Michigan will be playing a play-in game in Orlando (I refuse to call these 5-12 games the first round).

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    So a guy named Bowlsby supports the bowls. I think the questioner was playing a joke, but it doesn’t appear Bowlsby made the connection.

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  4. Sweet D

    Yes, because Iowa City is downright balmy in late November. 2 weeks later? Notsomuch.

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  5. silverbritches02

    I love how they have conveniently discarded every argument they’ve ever made against expansion only to be styimied by “OMG NILE KINNICK STADIUM’S PIPES MIGHT BUST IN THE COLD.” Someone fetch me my fainting couch while I clutch my pearls.

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  6. Anon

    “ Disabuse” —> Underrated word. Nice. Want to try to work that in a conversation soon.


  7. Dawg19

    By “winterized”, he means “monetized”.


  8. archiecreek

    I can dig it, Senator!!
    Atlanta Rhythm Section….
    “So Into You”
    When you walked into the room
    There was voodoo in the vibes…