Army, Navy Bring Regular Season To An End

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Finally, after three and one half months, the 2009 college football season has come to an end. Navy and Army closed out the season this past Saturday, the eighth consecutive time that the Midshipmen beat the Black Knights, a series record. Navy is once again going to participate in major college football’s version of its second season, playing against the Missouri Tigers on New Year’s Eve in the Texas Bowl.

college footballArmy entered the game at 5-6 and would have sewn up a bowl appearance itself had it beat Navy. Instead, UCLA will get to play Temple in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl which will be held on December 29th at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

The bowl season starts this Saturday and will end with the two top teams in the nation, Alabama and Texas, duking it out on January 7th. Both teams are undefeated as are Cincinnati, Boise State, and TCU.

As usual, the controversy remains when it comes to crowning a national champion, something that may come to an end if Congress has its way. Several senators are pushing for the NCAA to come up with a post season plan and, although I think Congress has more important tasks to consider, I am in agreement that change should take place.

I’m one of a few voices out there who believes that the post season for the Bowl Championship Series (formerly 1-A) should be changed. Basically, I think the following would be acceptable by most schools:

  • Require all 1-A schools to play twelve games. Though I prefer that all twelve games be against 1-A programs, I can see a place where a traditional match up between 1-A and 1-AA teams would make sense, especially for regional teams. I’d still make an allowance for a thirteenth game if that game was played against and at Hawaii, the one team who desperately needs opponents to travel for its survival.
  • Toss the conference championships as these would no longer be needed based on a new playoff season.
  • The top eight teams in the nation as determined by computer rankings will be chosen to participate in a playoff system. No more automatic conference bids; each team would be chosen based on strength. Four games would be played around Christmas, the two semifinal games around New Year’s Day, with the championship game the following weekend.
  • The bowl season would run concurrently with the playoff season though these games would not be scheduled on the same days as the playoffs. Right now there are 34 bowl games which is way too many. I would prefer to see just 18-20 bowls with teams finishing 8-4 or better invited. Right now, teams can go 6-6 and land a bowl game and one of those wins can be against an FCS opponent. Ridiculous.

Will my suggestions be considered? Not directly and not in entirety. But, I believe the playoff-bowl scenario will eventually come to pass. I think the bowls are too important to be dismissed completely with many schools enjoying the revenue that comes with making trips to Florida, California, Arizona, and elsewhere. And, the host cities benefit from the influx of visitors, making the current scenario worth keeping to some degree.

I’ll do a final wrap of the season once the national champion is crowned in January, Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; enjoy the bowl season!

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