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Entering this weekend, there are 71 bowl-eligible teams for 70 bowl spots, including 6-6 Georgia Tech, whose bowl waiver was approved Thursday by the NCAA, which will allow the Yellow Jackets to play in a bowl game even if they lose to Florida State in the ACC's conference championship game Saturday and finish 6-7.
The number could increase to 73 if UConn (5-6) beats Cincinnati and Pittsburgh (5-6) beats South Florida on Saturday. If UConn and/or Pitt win, they are guaranteed a game in a bowl affiliated with the Big East, which would in turn keep even more non-AQ schools from getting bowl bids.
If Georgia Tech loses to FSU, it would mark the second consecutive season a team lost its conference championship game and went to a bowl game with a 6-7 record. Last year it was UCLA, which received an exemption from the NCAA to play in a bowl game despite its losing record. That prompted the NCAA's rule change over the summer.
Georgia Tech might not win Saturday in the ACC title game against Florida State, but the Yellow Jackets picked up a huge victory Thursday.
That's awesome, I can't wait to watch them on a tuesday night on Dec- whatever, 2012, while I am sitting on my toilet.
I've heard there aren't enough eligible teams to play in all the bowls so there are going to be quite a few teams with losing records going to bowls. I understand they are going to do it based on academics, what ratings I don't know, but I've heard Rice (3 wins) and Wake Forest (5 wins) are going to get to go bowling.
If nothing else, maybe this will reduce the number of bowls that are out there, if this doesn't nuke the attendance of the December bowls, then nothing will.
That's funny as hell Chuman...and they'll be playing inside the bowl you'll be sitting on!
That's just the thing...
I think attendance for a lot of these bowls is already way down....
"Of the four BCS bowls, the Rose Bowl is the only event for which attendance numbers remain steady, in large part because it has featured its traditional Big Ten-Pac 12 matchup in five of the past six years."
Interesting article. My theory is that since the additional BCS national championship game was introduced....people simply don't care about the bowl games like they used to.
So think about this: in addition to a bad economy....we're talking about fans making it out for 1 single game. Just 1. So if we move to a playoff....I can see attendance dropping even more....which would truthfully and more so than not.... officially kill the bowl games entirely.
It works in basketball and in division II football because the fan bases are very small to begin with. And more so than not...even the teams that advance in the playoffs their attendance records drop by almost 50% even when they advance. I'll try to find the link to that article as well.
This is why you see division 2 and 3 playoffs where the higher ranked teams host their opponents.
Doesn't make a difference...home attendance dropped to lower than 50% :
"The NCAA Division I Football Championship (the formal name for the FCS playoffs) offers a point of comparison. In the 2010 season, Delaware, a traditional FCS power that is consistently among the division's attendance leaders, averaged 20,684 for its regular-season home games. The Blue Hens won a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title and advanced to the playoffs, ultimately reaching the national championship game. Although they played all their playoff games before the final at home, their attendance took a nosedive. Their attendances for their playoff games were:
Second round, December 4, 2010 – 13,669 against Lehigh, a school located 80 miles (130 km) from the UD campus.
Quarterfinal, December 10, 2010 – 8,770 against conference rival New Hampshire. This game was played during UD's final exams period. 
Semifinal, December 18, 2010 – 10,317 against another traditional FCS power, Georgia Southern. This game was played in 27 °F (−3 °C) weather after the semester had ended and residence halls had closed.
These attendance issues were not limited to Delaware. Appalachian State, another traditional FCS power, averaged over 29,000 for its 2010 home schedule—higher than a substantial number of FBS teams. The Mountaineers were unable to draw even 16,000 for either of their two home playoff games. In 2009, eventual national champion Villanova drew only 4,771 for its home semifinal against conference rival William & Mary."
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Well, if FBS ever went to a broader playoff, with higher seeds hosting early rounds, you'd never see just 50% attendance. Seriously, can you imagine The Shoe, Death Valley, Autzen, or any of the top 10 in rankings not selling out a home playoff game? Not a chance.
Maybe not the 1st game.....but I'd bet in the later rounds it would happen....
Not to mention the fact that attendances are usually great for home game...
It's already been determined that the college football playoffs are not going to be seeded for home games. All games will be on neutral fields.
People have to plan and spend accordingly just to make it to 1 post season game....let alone a possible additional 2.
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