If you have followed college football for as long as I have, you would agree that the post-season bowls have been dramatically de-valued. The reason is simple: There are WAY TOO MANY bowls. The solution is just as simple: Take a chain saw and cut the number of bowls down to a workable amount, where teams with 5-7 records are not even going to be considered.
My plan may be too dramatic, but I believe that there should only be ten bowls…the oldest ten in existence. The bowls should NOT be used for the playoffs…those should be separate from the bowls. So, if my plan of 10 bowls, plus the two playoff games (to be played at neutral sites), is to work, the top 24 teams in the playoff rankings would be used. Instead of having to choose 5-7 teams, there would be schools with nine or ten wins that WOULD NOT be selected by a bowl. We need to get back to the time when a school had to EARN a bowl berth.
Using the above formula, and using the final college rankings, this is how the bowl matchups would be at the end of the 2016 season:
Because New Years 2017 falls on a Sunday, there are no games scheduled for that day. Traditionally, the Rose Parade and college games are scheduled for the following Monday. The Rose Bowl, “The Grandaddy Of Them All”, would still be played after the Rose Parade. It would be followed by the two playoff games on the same day. The championship game would be played on the following Monday. There really is no need for college football to wait nine or ten days between the playoff games and the championship games.
2016/17 College Football Bowl Schedule
Date Day Bowl Site TV TIME
Dec. 24 Sat. Battle Frog Fiesta Bowl (10) Glendale ESPN 12:00
Tennessee versus Temple
Dec. 24 Sat. Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (9) Atlanta ESPN 3:30
Navy versus Utah
Dec. 24 Sat. AutoZone Liberty Bowl (8) Memphis/Nashville ESPN 7:00
Florida versus LSU
Dec. 26 Mon. Citrus Bowl Orlando (7) ESPN 12:00
Baylor versus Houston
Dec. 26 Mon. Gator Bowl (6) Jacksonville ESPN 3:30
Oregon versus Oklahoma State
Dec. 26 Mon. Cotton Bowl (5) Dallas ESPN 7:30
Northwestern versus Michigan
Dec. 31 Sat. Sun Bowl (4) El Paso/San Diego CBS 12:00
TCU versus Ole Miss
Dec. 31 Sat. Sugar Bowl (3) New Orleans ESPN 3:30
Florida State versus North Carolina
Dec. 31 Sat. One Orange Bowl (2) Miami ESPN 7:00
Ohio State versus Notre Dame
Jan. 2 Mon. Rose Bowl (1) Pasadena ESPN 1:30
Stanford versus Iowa
Jan. 2 Mon. Playoff Game #1 Neutral Site ESPN 4:00
Alabama versus Michigan State
Jan. 2 Mon. Playoff Game #2 Neutral Site ESPN 8:00
Clemson versus Oklahoma
Jan. 9 Mon. Championship Game Neutral Site ESPN 8:00
Because New Years Day, 2017, falls on a Sunday, the Rose Parade and the games would be played on Monday, according to previous tradition.
The numbers in parentheses are the age ranking of the bowls; e.g., the Fiesta Bowl is the 10th oldest; the Rose Bowl, “The Grand-Daddy of Them All”, would still be played on the day of the Rose Parade.
So, that it my solution. I would love your feedback on this and please feel free to come up with a solution of your own.