I’m usually a big fan of the bowl games but this year has been different. For some reason, I haven’t watched as many games as usual. I have been more interested in watching other shows with the family. I have the solution to the boredom. It’s not a new idea but it is one I have wanted for years, well before the playoff system went into place.
I’m glad we are getting heavy into conference play in college basketball this weekend. We have three entertaining games, overlapping a little, but providing what should be an exciting Saturday for local college basketball fans.
So, college bowl games are boring for me this season. That’s ok. Soon we will be hearing the annual baseball hall of fame voting arguments. I’ll give my two cents when it’s time.
Ok, maybe it’s just that I want the NFL playoffs to get here. The Chiefs’ bye is great but it also means we don’t get to watch Patrick Mahomes play this weekend. The bye is bittersweet.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
OFF THE TOP:
Kansas State’s appearance in the Liberty Bowl was the one bowl game I have been really looking forward to this year. I really enjoyed the game. I thought the Wildcats would have trouble with the Navy running game but didn’t think Navy would shut down Kansas State’s running game the way they did. Now that that game has been played the rest of the bowl games are kind of boring for me.
I did enjoy the Texas game on New Year’s Eve. Did that surprise anyone else? I was shocked at how easily the Longhorns beat Utah. Texas has had their moments this season but they really had their typical underwhelming season. They should have lost to Kansas. Kansas has also had its moments but Texas should not squeak by Kansas at home or really anywhere.
I’m interested in the College Football Playoff but would be a lot more interested if all conference champions were in it. I don’t care that Oklahoma was blown out. Those things will happen. At least all four schools in the playoff won their conference. Now just add the other six Division I conference championships, add six at-large bids and we have something.
At least it sounds as if the playoffs will expand to eight teams when the current television contract expires. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen until after the 2026 season.
I hope, and believe, that when the playoffs expand to eight teams that we will get the conference champions of the Power 5 conferences as automatic bids and the three at-large bids. That would make sense. I could live with that as a next step.
This idea can’t be the last step though. The playoffs need to eventually include all ten conference champions. Either that or break off the Power 5 conferences into their own division. If there are ten conferences in Division I then all ten conference champions should be included.
How great would this be? Include the Mid-American Conference champion along with the others. This is part of what makes the college basketball tournament so entertaining.
Oh, and as far as the independents go, let them eat cake. Well, maybe not cake. I love cake. Maybe they don’t deserve that. Well, let’s put it this way. If a school wants to remain independent that’s fine but you are going to battle for an at-large bid. No automatic bids for you. After the conference champions are selected you will just get thrown in with all of the non-conference champion teams and evaluated based on whatever criteria the committee decides to use.
I know I’m not breaking any new ground here. This has been proposed by others. I have been saying this for years, well before there even was a playoff. This isn’t rocket science. By the way, I would love for a rocket scientist to tell me the phrase you use instead of this one. You certainly can’t use the same phrase. You are too smart for that.
IN THE NEWS:
Missouri is reportedly hiring Bush Hamdan as an assistant offensive coach. Hamdan worked with Eli Drinkwitz at Arkansas State. Hamdan has mostly coached quarterbacks and wide receivers.
The Washington Redskins officially named Ron Rivera as their new head coach and hired Jack Del Rio as their defensive coordinator. The introductory press conference for Rivera is scheduled for Thursday.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern passed away after being hospitalized since December 17 when he experienced a brain hemorrhage. Stern was the commissioner of the NBA for 30 years.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: I will probably watch the Gator Bowl between Indiana and Tennessee unless the family is up to having a marathon of The Office. We are on episode 11 of the final season (season 9).
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