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Too many bowl games



Next season, there will be 35 college bowl games. That means 70 teams would be invited to play and that means the NCAA is dangerously flirting with the possibility of having a team with a losing record get a bowl invitation. In each of the past three seasons, 72 of 120 teams finished with a .500 record or better. Last season, eight 6-6 teams went to bowl games. With a margin of error that close, it seems that, eventually, a 5-7 team could worm its way into a bowl game. The NCAA is trying to figure out something to avoid such a possibility.

"That's what's being discussed at this point, if you can't fill the spots,'' Mark Womack, associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and a member of the NCAA's Football Issues committee, told the Associated Press. "But historical data will tell you can, so I think the odds of that happening are probably pretty good to fill all those games based on the historical data that we have. A what-if case, that's certainly something that's currently being discussed: That if you only had 69 teams, what would you do? Those are things that will be discussed over the summer.''

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:44pm]


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