Like so many others, we watch a lot of college football around New Year’s. This year, our very own Fighting Illini were in the party again, making it to one of those also-ran Bowls: The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. Illinois lost 35-18 and probably should have won – though you wouldn’t know it by the score.
With all these bowl games, especially in light of the inaugural 4-team playoff, the sports talkers have been discussing bowl viability, money, TV contracts, etc., and as we sit here watching Oregon pound Florida State, we have some thoughts as well.
If you’re among those who think that the major conference re-shuffling and re-jiggering is horrible, look no further than the now-departed BCS system. Between the BCS contract and the guaranteed conference contracts to various bowls, the Big 10, Pac 12, SEC, and ACC had ample motivation to expand. More money. More prestige. More TV markets. Now that we’ve finally entered the playoff era, there’s a chance the system could correct itself over time.