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It’s officially that time of year, so let’s go bowling

Published 6:41pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This Saturday begins the postseason college football schedule of 30-plus bowl games involving 70 teams, and that’s the good news.
The bad news is this: about one-third of these teams do not belong in the bowl picture. If you take into consideration that there are 125 FBS teams, that means only 55 teams did not make the postseason.
All a team needs to do is win six games to qualify for a bowl game. If you made a 50 on an exam – you failed the exam.
There are 15 teams with a 7-5 record and seven teams with a 6-6 record.
College football is watered-down but after the 2015 season, all teams who play in a major conference will be mandated to play nine conferences games – not including their conference championship game.
The Southeastern Conference is already crying foul but after the 2015 schedule, the SEC and other teams wanting a shot at the playoffs will not schedule anyone outside the FBS.
What do Gildan, Royal Purple, Famous Idaho Potato and R+L Carriers bowls all have in common?
What about the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Little Caesars, Poinsettia and Fight Hunger bowls; what do they have to do with each other?
All the above mention names of sponsors for some of the most meaningless bowl games, and until the final BCS games, we must be patient and endure the pain.
Heck, even my No. 25 USC Trojans got stuck in Las Vegas and must figure out a way to stop the No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) Bulldogs, who were one win away from playing in a BCS game.
Trust me, whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Clay Helton, who is the third head coach this season at USC, will be hard pressed to come away with the Trojans 10th win of the season.
Until the dust clears and we get rid of the first two weeks of “filler” games, there is no reason to take up valuable space in this column.
I will get energized and discuss the bowl games around the last week in December.
Playing it forward:
Question: If 2014 ended exactly the way 2013 ended, and we were in the playoff system, which team would get that No.4 spot?
Florida State and Auburn would be in and no matter what, Alabama would have wrapped up the third spot with their body of work and how they lost their final game. No argument there.
The fourth spot would have come down to Michigan State, Stanford or Baylor, all conference champions.
This means that two conference champions would be left out of the playoffs.
You think the BCS system was bad, wait until next year when this same scenario pops its ugly head.
I can go out on a huge limb and predict this: the SEC will have two teams in the playoffs in 2014.
Until the  conferences outside the SEC can show the college football world they have a team other than a conference champion worthy of making it into the playoffs,  the SEC runner up will get the nod – every time. No arguing that Alabama was far superior to teams like Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Duke.
Notes on a scorecard:
In 2014, there will be three new teams added to the FBS picture, they are Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), Charlotte (Conference USA) and Appalachian State (Sun Belt).
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.