-- by @Josh_Suchon
There’s too many bowl games. We know that. We’ve known that for a long time.
Thirty years ago, in 1982, the NCAA sanctioned 16 bowl games.
In 2012, the NCAA sanctioned 35 bowl games.
There’s 124 total Division I football teams. That means 56 percent of college football teams made a bowl game.
In order to be eligible, you must win six games. It doesn’t matter who those six wins come against. It used to be, you needed six wins against Division I opponents (ie. not against Division I-AA or Division II). These days, all that matters is you schedule a university that puts a bunch of dudes in uniforms, and it counts toward becoming bowl eligible.
So which bowls should go?
Let’s start with the obvious bowls that should stay: the BCS Championship, the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Outback Bowl (in Tampa), the Capital One Bowl (in Orlando), the Gator Bowl, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (in Atlanta), the Alamo Bowl, and the Holiday Bowl.
That’s 12 bowls that I think everybody would agree should remain. All those bowls have at least one Top 25 ranked team, and most have two.
That gives us 23 remaining bowls. Let’s start knocking down some bowls: