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40th postseason game, Orlando’s Cure Bowl, officially announced

Cure Bowl Logo

Yippie!?!?

Following up on the reports from Tuesday, the American Athletic Conference and the Orlando Sports Foundation announced the creation of what’s being called the Cure Bowl.  The AAC will face a member of the Sun Belt Conference in December 2015 at the newly-renovated Citrus Bowl.

One of the few redeeming qualities for yet another game added to an already bloated postseason slate is that this one will have strong ties to charitable organizations working to find a cure for breast cancer.

We are pleased to partner with the Cure Bowl and commend the organizers for their dedication and commitment to such a worthy cause while also supporting youth organizations in Central Florida,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement. “By adding the Cure Bowl to our already strong bowl lineup, we continue to meet our goal of providing a competitive game and a desirable destination for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

Barring any contraction between now and then — highly unlikely, unfortunately — the Cure Bowl will bring the total number of FBS bowl games to a whopping 40.  In 1995, just 18 bowl games were played after that season.  Or, to put it into even more perspective, there’s this little historical nugget from al.com:

The number of bowl games increased from six to 11 between 1955 and 1975. Then they went from 11 to 18 from 1975 to 1995. During the 16-year Bowl Championship Series era, the amount of bowls increased from 20 to 35.

There were 35 bowls played in the 2013-2014 postseason cycle, with 79 teams reaching the requisite six wins for bowl eligibility.  There will be four additional bowl games added for the 2014 season, bringing the total to 39 the year prior to the Cure Bowl’s arrival.

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9 Responses to “40th postseason game, Orlando’s Cure Bowl, officially announced”
  1. raiderufan says: Apr 16, 2014 10:53 AM

    Over 3/4 of the teams make a bowl game now…at what point does 5 wins make a team bowl eligible simply out of need? 42 bowls? 43?

    This is ridiculous. Bowls used to mean something.

  2. thegonz13 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:02 AM

    Whoop-dee-doo! Another meaningless game between two 5-7 teams.

    Look, Division I-A has, what, 100 teams. Give or take. With this game, we now have 80 teams that make the postseason.

    As it stands, the only criteria for a school to get to a bowl game is to have a football program.

    Am I the only person who actually thinks this is completely absurd?

  3. lgbfl says: Apr 16, 2014 11:04 AM

    Personally, I think a team (including those I support) should have to win at least 8 games during the season to play in a bowl game.

  4. robconstant says: Apr 16, 2014 11:23 AM

    That 40 includes the playoff championship, so it’s really only 78 teams. But last season was weird, and I think next year might even see a 5-7 team or two in a bowl game. 35 kind of made sense, more than that is excessive.

  5. eagles512 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:48 AM

    I may be in the minority but the more bowls the better.

  6. bostonfrogs says: Apr 16, 2014 12:12 PM

    “Cure Bowl”? That is soooo 1985. I for one refuse to acknowledge this game as an official bowl until a corporate logo is slapped on the front of it.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:17 PM

    Oh boy! Two more 6-6 teams being rewarded for being mediocre. Sun Belt vs. Little East reject. No thanks.

  8. canetic says: Apr 16, 2014 5:51 PM

    More bowl games = more football. I love it.

  9. ncaa2014playoff says: Apr 19, 2014 3:44 AM

    With the 4 team CFP using 3 Bowls the addition of the Cure Bowl will bring the number of bowl teams to 78.
    The FBS will continue to add teams from the FCS to the second class Mid-Major Conferences for the easy wins they provide for the Power Five teams to qualify for a worthless bowl and of course this season 55 teams of the 64 Power Five will play a Patsy from the FCS to further pad their record so they can be 6-6 and lose money going to a worthless bowl game.
    Now if the NCAA would have a 16 team playoff with the last 3 rounds as 7 Bowl games then these would be very important and profitable. You can see the Perfect Playoff Plan 16 at: http://ncaa2014.us/theperfectplan.pdf

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