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With APR scares, are bowl games really in jeopardy?

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Three schools are ineligible for postseason play in 2014, but more could be added to the postseason ban list. Idaho became the second team to be banned from the postseason next year due to low APR scores, joining UNLV. Penn State is entering year three of a postseason ban as part of the NCAA sanctions dropped in 2012. According to a report by Dennis Dodd of on Saturday, at least three more schools could be added to the list of APR casualties, which starts to take a dent in the total of teams hoping to play in a postseason bowl game next season.

But is the bowl schedule really at risk? Probably not. Every bowl spot should be filled, but the possibility of having to dive deeper into the pool to find teams could be a realistic scenario.

There will be 78 bowl spots to fill 39 bowl games in 2014. There were 79 bowl-eligible teams in 2013, including UNLV. As noted by Dodd, an average of just under 74 bowl-eligible teams per year over the last four seasons means the bowls are waking a thin line when it comes to having schools able to fill every spot. Conferences have had trouble filling all of their respective bowl spots in various bowl games, but there has not been a year where all bowl spots were unable to be filled before having to go to Plan B or Plan C.

If there are not enough bowl-eligible teams through normal standards (six wins), the bowls can move to invite teams with 5-7 records if needed. The eligible 5-7 teams would still be ranked by APR scores, with bowls required to go down the ranking. It is far from the most desirable method of course, but with 125 FBS teams and only a handful of schools failing to meet the APR standards, every bowl spot would be filled.

But the other problem here is pretty simple. Maybe there are too many bowl games.

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12 Responses to “With APR scares, are bowl games really in jeopardy?”
  1. floridacock says: Apr 27, 2014 6:39 PM

    If you think there are too many bowl games, maybe you shouldn’t watch. Is of no harm to you or any one else. They would not exist if the money was not there.

  2. TheMorningStar says: Apr 27, 2014 7:09 PM

    There are waaay to many bowl games.

    Why should teams with losing records play after their season ends???

    Oh, I forgot IT’S ALL ABOUT $$$.

  3. smokybandit says: Apr 27, 2014 7:18 PM

    Penn State will be bowl eligible

  4. soundsofsuccess7 says: Apr 27, 2014 7:58 PM

    This is just going to result in schools giving players easy A’s to keep the team bowl eligible.

  5. dmcgrann says: Apr 27, 2014 8:32 PM

    The larger question is whether or not all of these new bowl games will stay self-sufficient and continue to maintain payouts. If no one is watching, the TV deals won’t last forever, or shrink. The money is “there” now, but maybe it won’t be down the road.

  6. 1historian says: Apr 27, 2014 9:54 PM

    “Maybe there are too many bowl games.”

    Ya think?

  7. dmvtransplant says: Apr 27, 2014 10:10 PM

    I love college football to me it’s the best sport in the world. I’ll watch as many bowls as I can, because realistically only a few teams actually have a shot at playing for a national championship every year, everybody else gets to watch their team play one more game, which is better than nothing at all.

    If you don’t like the system follow another sport, it’s just that easy. I hear soccer is always looking for more fans.

  8. charmcitychampions says: Apr 28, 2014 10:20 AM

    Love all the Bowl Games. Best part of the college season imo. It’s COLLEGE people. Not pro sports. Let the kids get their last Bowl Game if they can. Even if it is the Emerald Nuts Bowl or Armor All Invitational … Who cares? If you don’t like it, don’t watch. But don’t begrudge the kids who won’t be turning pro their last big game.

  9. howardfrankfort says: Apr 28, 2014 10:28 AM

    I watch every one of these games if I can. what is on that is better?

  10. chunkala says: Apr 28, 2014 10:50 AM

    Way too many bowl games obviously. And to people (pricks, whatever) who say just don’t watch them, is anyone watching these games outside of the top ones? Does ESPN just create these games to fill space and take a loss so that DIS can pay less taxes at fiscal year end?

    Other Questions:
    1) Are ratings good?
    2) Is attendance good?
    3) Do all entities make money here? (profit not revenue)

  11. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 28, 2014 12:42 PM

    These bowl games are the last chance to watch some of the greatest sport on earth before a long off-season. I like to DVR the smaller games and watch them over a course of a month or two after the national championship game.

  12. tigersfandan says: Apr 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    College athletics used to have a kind of purity to it. Nowadays, it seems all we hear about are NCAA sanctions and TV deals and teams switching conferences at the prospect of making more money.

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