Are Bowl Games Just A Greed Game?

As Maryland leaves the ACC for the Big Ten, one Patch blogger explains why college football just ain’t what it used to be.

2013 Military Bowl: Maryland v Marshall - Photos by: Greg Fiume and TJ Root, Maryland Athletics
2013 Military Bowl: Maryland v Marshall - Photos by: Greg Fiume and TJ Root, Maryland Athletics

In 1975, there were just 11 college bowl games, compared to the 35 games played this season. That was the year that Patch blogger Adam, of Ritters World, fell in love with college football.

This year, he’s not feeling the love so much.

Of the 35 bowl games this year...I might only watch a total of 60 minutes spread out of 2 or 3 games,” says Adam in his recent blog post, College Bowl Greed (AKA BCS).  

“Why the big change?  Simply put, everybody had to get paid in the end.  It became big business, and now I don’t really care about it.

Adam, an alumnus of the University of Maryland, is also disheartened by his alma mater leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, just so “they too can get paid.”

While many of the bowl games have already been played this season, there are still a few games left. Tonight, Missouri plays Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl at 7:30 p.m. and Clemson plays Ohio State in the Orange Bowl at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Houston and Vanderbilt play in the BBVA Compass Bowl at 1 p.m. and, on Sunday, Arkansas State will play Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl at 9 p.m.

Florida State and Auburn will battle it out in the final bowl game of the season, the BCS National Championship, on Monday, Jan. 6, at 8:30 p.m. All games air on ESPN except the Cotton Bowl, which airs on FOX.

What do you think? Is college football just a greed game? TELL US in the comments below.

Judie January 03, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Notre Dame never went to Bowl Games until the 1980's. They felt the players were STUDENTS first and thought they needed study time before the final exams that were just after the first of the year....... Now it's about the MONEY... Notre Dame won the "Pinstripe Bowl " this year.


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