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Bowl season kicks off with a BYU blowout over UTEP

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Well, 1 down, 29 non-BCS bowls to go.

(Writer’s note: by the way, that fizzing sound you hear is a couple of Alka-Seltzers in water)

BYU’s 52-24 win over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl wasn’t even close to the best way to start the 2010 bowl season (unless, of course, you’re a BYU fan), and unfortunately for the casual observer, there’s no guarantee it’s going to get any better.

Somewhere between the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger with Beef O’Brady’s Pizza Bowl, it all starts to get a little blurry.

Still, there are some advantages to bowls that those of us sitting at home don’t always consider. From the perspective of the players and coaches, it’s seen as a reward and a chance at extra practice. Bowls are, more often than not, held in decent locations and the bowl SWAG is usually pretty good.

For the traveling fans, bowls make a nice vacation and are easier to plan around than a 3 or 4 round playoff.

No, bowls aren’t completely bad, but there are still way, way too many of them. And while ESPN claims it’s “the most wonderful time of the year”, games like BYU-UTEP beg the question “Do the fans really win?”

In marquee out-of-conference games like Virginia Tech and Boise State, the fans win. When two high-quality teams like Arkansas and Ohio State play in the Sugar Bowl, the fans win — provided, of course, that it’s a good game.

It’s much easier to get those fan-friendly matchups when you’re dealing with 8, 10, 12 or 16 teams instead of 70.

I’m not going to scream for a playoff because, honestly, I’ve never heard a consensus format, but when you get blowout games like the New Mexico Bowl today, it makes you wonder if there’s a better alternative.

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4 Responses to “Bowl season kicks off with a BYU blowout over UTEP”
  1. micklethepickle says: Dec 19, 2010 10:45 AM

    Okay, first of all, let me remind you that college football is a STUDENT sporting event; none of us (who are actually paying the fees and going to school) care whether you are satisfied by the BcS system or the Bowl matchups. Get over it.
    Asking student athletes, who already have to work their butts off to make passing grades while trying to play at a nearly professional level to have to endure 4 or more games in a playoff system is DUMB. That’s the facts.
    If you want to watch a sport dedicated to the fans, then go watch professional sports. But if you enjoy college football, you should remember that the ONLY REASON it exists in its current format is to provide funds for universities. Starting to understand? YOU (the “fans”) DON’T MATTER!!! The universities’ budgets DO!! So quit complaining and be happy that so much of the money that should be dedicated to academics is instead put into athletics. Jesus christ….

  2. polegojim says: Dec 19, 2010 10:56 AM

    prickmick – Those poor football players have it SOOOOOOOO tough, you brought a tear to my eye.

    We’ve been so unfair, sniff.

  3. micklethepickle says: Dec 19, 2010 11:21 AM

    I’m just letting you know why you’ll never get a playoff system; I don’t care whether you feel sorry for student athletes or not. But to hear people whine and complain about college ball not “being about the fans” is hilarious. Those morons are so self-centered that they believe the game is being played for them?!
    The truth of the matter is that despite all the people who think the BCS is ‘broken’ and needs to be replaced, college games still routinely sell out, and there are plenty of suckers willing to pay full price for tickets. So all the haters can keep crying while the universities continue to pull in cash hand over fist.

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 19, 2010 12:29 PM

    Never said the system was going to change and you are correct that as long as there are sponsors, cities with a venue and people willing to travel, there will be bowls

    But it sounds like you need a hug.

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