I'm not that impressed. In order to make up the added payout for the Bowl, whichever network gets the package will have to put the game in prime time. That means you'll have (in year's Rose Bowl doesn't have national title game) Rose Bowl Jan 1st late afternoon Cotton Bowl (or whichever becomes #5, Cotton is the most traditional, so I'll use it): Jan 1st prime time Orange Bowl Jan 2nd prime time Fiesta Bowl Jan 3rd prime time Sugar Bowl Jan 4th prime time
Of course, these games could also be pushed back if the NFL playoffs are on a Saturday the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. The worst thing to happen to college football was the BCS pushing the bowl games back. Now, January 1st most years is a day of crap games, and the games preceding the national title game have no meaning. At least in the good old days, you could possibly watch 3 or 4 bowls that could determine the outcome of the national title. Either go to a playoff, go to a 5th bowl that is the outcome of the 2 best teams after the Jan 1st bowls, or go back to the good old days system. Putting Utah vs. Miami in the Cotton Bowl won't really draw ratings.
(edited by redsoxnation on 29.2.04 2217) I want you to know: I agree with everything I just said.
I think it's a smart move. The Cotton Bowl is obviously the best choice with it's history and being held in Texas where college football has a huge fanbase.
Adding two more at large teams will make it likely make a place for a team like Miami(not the Canes) or TCU or whichever mid major team has a good season which will shut a lot of people up about those teams not getting chances.
"The BCS was established to determine the national champion for college football while maintaining and enhancing the bowl system which has provided significant support to college football for nearly a century." - from here.
I really do understand the non-BCS schools' argument about not having a shot at the big games, but how does adding an extra BCS bowl bring us any closer to determining an undisputed national champion? We just had split champs again because the (IMHO) wrong team went to the Sugar Bowl against LSU. We've now got the chance to have two more undefeated teams in a BCS bowl, but not the BCS bowl of the year. Do we get to possibly find out how many ways a mythical national championship can be split?
The cities being considered for the fifth bowl are: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Orlando, San Diego
Guaranteed to go up the middle three out of four times goes Xtreme-ish.
Originally posted by GrimisSomehow I don't think the Houston Bowl is under serious consideration.
Isn't the Cotton Bowl in Houston?
I remember hearing somewhere a few years ago that the BCS folks were real impressed with Atlanta and the Peach Bowl. In my (admittedly small) experience with bowl games, it does seem to be remarkably well run, and it packs the Georgia Dome every year, even in years when Georgia Tech (who's literally right down the street) is in it.
And I have to agree with RSN. I HATE the fact that just to create ratings, there are now games after Jan. 1. I was willing to accept the BCS bowls being on after the 1st, but this year, the Peach Bowl (which was one of my favorite New Year's Eve viewing activities) was moved to Jan 2.
I can't really believe people think that this now means that the mid major teams are going to have a shot at the BCS now. The Big Six conferences don't WANT those teams involved. It just seems like something to quiet the critics while the figure out a way to let a 5-6 Notre Dame team in a big bucks bowl.
But that's just me being cynical, I guess.
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