3. The Most Overrated Thing Was …
The race for the Group of Five’s slot in a New Year’s Six bowl
Agree or disagree, the idea and narrative that non-CFP bowl games matter is what helps keep the Group of Five programs out of the College Football Playoff talk.
Hey, Go5 champion … no, we’re not going to expand the playoff, and you don’t actually have a path to get in, but we’ll throw you this delightful bone of a big bowl game appearance to your top champion!
And that’s what stinks about the outstanding show put on by Memphis and SMU in primetime, and it’s what took the luster off the Appalachian State loss to Georgia Southern, and the battle Boise State went through to get by San Jose State.
They’re fighting SO hard for the chance to play in what amounts to an overblown scrimmage with a New Year’s Six bowl appearance, when they should be still in the fight for something bigger. Saturday night seemed a bit like we were all doing the American Athletic Conference a favor, mainly because we’re all waiting for LSU vs. Alabama and the other big games to kick back in.
That’s not fair.
How much more intense would that Tiger-Mustang fight have been if at stake was a possible No. 8 seed in an expanded playoff? How much more would we all be paying attention to these teams all year long if they were shooting for something that truly mattered?
And this year, of ALL years, how much more fun would college football be with eight CFP spots – all five Power Five champs, two at-large bids, and the top Group of Five champion?
If that was the case, a game like SMU vs. Memphis wouldn’t be featured just because there wasn’t another big game option.
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