April 19th, 2014

Pogue’s Ponderings: Count me among those who appreciates the bowl season

by Greg Pogue

 

Count me among those who love the college football bowl season. Now that we will at least have starting in 2014 a four-team playoff to decide the national champion, the current bowl configuration now and then feeds an appetite for college football well beyond the end of the regular season.

Please do tell what is wrong with 35 bowl games that feature 70 teams. Just the notion of there being 35 more college football games starting Saturday with teams taking the bow this season in their shining moment is exciting enough. It means so much on a variety of levels for those that aren’t among the small group of elite from which we draw our eventual national champion.

Take Vanderbilt, for example. Last year in the Liberty Bowl and this season in the Music City Bowl, the Commodores are experiencing the best of times playing in consecutive bowl games for the first time ever under second-year coach James Franklin. If Vandy beats North Carolina State on Dec. 31 at LP Field, then it will have won nine games for the first time in the same season since Methuselah as a child.

While MTSU fans don’t want to hear it, Western Kentucky going to its first bowl game as a FCS member is a significant reward for consecutive seasons of success. Then again, that success cost the Hilltoppers their coach and alum, Willie Taggert, who accepted the South Florida job in his hometown of Tampa.

Quite frankly, MTSU and WKU both deserved bowl bids; Georgia Tech, which lost to MTSU and had a losing regular season, did not.
And those who bemoan the Bowl Championship Series that ends next season before giving way to the four-team championship playoff, it did what it was supposed to do, and that was to give us a title game pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2. While the system in placing the teams might have been flawed, it was gotten right, including this year most of the time.

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