Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: No, there aren't too many bowl games
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Second-year Colorado State Rams coach Jim McElwain and his team will kick off bowl season Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Second-year Colorado State Rams coach Jim McElwain and his team will kick off bowl season Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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College football bowl season kicks off in earnest today with four games.

There's the New Mexico Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

By the time bowl season ends with the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6, we will have seen 35 games come and go. That's 70 teams, and only 63 have winning records. The remaining seven are at 6-6.

Too many bowl games?

Certainly, somebody will say it. Sooner or later. Or sooner and later. That phrase is as much a seasonal thing as wishing somebody "Merry Christmas" -- or "Happy Holidays" if that's what you prefer.

Maybe there are too many games, but does it really matter? Except for the championship game, all of them are glorified exhibitions, and complaining about too many bowls is the same as saying too many schools play spring games.

Does it hurt if Buffalo and San Diego State want to play in Boise, Idaho, in December?

Will anarchy result in Bowling Green facing Pittsburgh in Detroit? Is anybody damaged because Notre Dame and Rutgers are going to play football in Yankee Stadium on the Saturday after Christmas?

Of the 35 bowl games, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry 31 of them. And if ESPN didn't have a bowl game to televise, we would get one of two options instead: one, yet another show telling us how evil the BCS is, or, two, meaningless college basketball games.

A few football bowl games aren't any worse than that, are they?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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