College Football Playoffs: Which 2 Bowls Should Be Added To The BCS?

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: The Chick-fil-A blimp takes off to prior to the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If the BCS becomes a four-team playoff supplemented by four other mega bowls, which two games should be added to the BCS rotation?

According to SI.com's Stewart Mandel, the favored college football playoffs plan at the moment calls for the addition of two bowl games to the BCS's existing four, with two of that half-dozen functioning as tournament semifinal games. Those six games would likely be played in some sort of New Year's Day-ish event, perhaps with the four bowls serving as the undercards for the two actual playoff games.

So that could mean two bowls and a playoff game on Dec. 31 and another two and one on Jan. 1. All of which sounds spectacular. Not as good as on-campus playoff games, but it's a start. But which two bowl games to add to the "six-bowl event"?

First, let's assume the four current BCS bowls are automatically included. The Rose is an essential, and the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta each has the history, facilities and cachet to remain a legit part of the title card. One could try and make a case against assuming the Orange and Fiesta should retain favored status, but I don't think one would get very far.


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That leaves us with two spots to fill, though it also helps to thin the herd. Since these will need to be at least somewhat spread out geographically (as in inhabiting different parts of the South), let's rule out any non-BCS bowl played in the same state as a current BCS bowl: Arizona, California, Florida or Louisiana. This trims our list of candidates from 31 games to 20, with the Capital One, Holiday and Gator among the biggest snubs.

Let's also eliminate any bowl that hasn't been around for five years yet, for obvious reasons. This removes another four, though I could see the Big East hoping to keep the Pinstripe in the mix.

How to judge the remaining 16 bowls? We could hear from ambassadors. We could create algorithms that factored in weather, attendance, proximity to potential conference participants, TV ratings, hotel capacities, airport smog ratings and local burglary rates. We could take bribes*. Or we could just go by attendance, which is impacted one way or another by all other factors.

*Bribes will be taken.

So here we have attendance rankings for all bowls over the past six (because tallying seven years' worth is super boring) years, with remaining contenders in bold:

Bowl 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 Average

Rose 93852 93923 93293 92963 94118 91245 93232.3

Cotton 66777 73114 88175 77928 83514 80956 78410.6

Chick-fil-A 75406 74413 71423 73777 72217 72919 73359.2

Sugar 77781 74383 71872 65207 73879 64512 71272.3

Fiesta 73719 70016 72047 73227 67232 69927 71028

Orange 74470 74111 73602 66131 65453 67563 70221.7

Gator 67704 60243 67282 84129 68325 61312 68165.8

Texas 52210 62097 58880 69441 68211 68395 63205.7

Capital One 60774 69748 59681 63025 61519 61351 62683

Alamo 65875 66166 55986 64757 57593 65256 62605.5

Music City 68024 68681 54250 57280 69143 55208 62097.7

Holiday 62395 64020 59106 64607 57921 56313 60727

Liberty 56103 63816 56125 62742 51231 57103 57853.3

Outback 65601 65601 55117 49383 60574 49429 57617.5

Belk 52303 53126 73712 50389 41122 58427 54846.5

Champs Sports 40168 46554 52292 56747 48962 68305 52171.3

Sun 48732 49867 49037 53713 54021 48123 50582.2

Insight 48391 48892 49103 45090 53453 54247 49862.7

Little Caesars 54113 60624 41399 30311 32431 46177 44175.8

Independence 45054 47043 41567 49653 39362 41728 44067.8

TicketCity - - - - 40121 46817 43469

MAACO 44615 40712 40047 40018 41923 35720 40505.8

Pinstripe - - - - 38274 38328 38301

Compass 38751 35258 36387 45254 41207 29726 37763.8

Hawaii 43435 30467 43487 32650 43673 32630 37723.7

Kraft 40331 32517 42268 40121 41063 29878 37696.3

Armed Forces 32412 40975 41127 41414 36742 30258 37154.7

GoDaddy 38751 36392 32816 34486 38168 38734 36557.8

Poinsettia 29709 39129 34628 32665 48049 24607 34797.8

New Orleans 24791 25146 30197 30228 29159 42841 30393.8

Military - - 28777 23072 38062 25042 28738.3

New Mexico 34111 30467 24735 24898 32424 25762 28732.8

Idaho Potato 28652 27062 26781 26726 25449 28076 27124.3

Beef O'Brady's - - 25205 29763 20017 20072 23764.3

The Cotton is obvious. It's almost a fifth Beatle already. Last year's pairing was better than any non-title bowl's besides the Fiesta's. But the Chick-fil-A might be a surprise. I'd point out Atlanta's a major media market with overt ties to the SEC, ACC and (soon) Sun Belt, plus enormous reserves of Big Ten alumni somehow -- and we'll need two bowls to tie with each conference, in case of two teams from the same conference taking the top two spots. Based on Google Trends, Atlanta's behind only Lincoln and Birmingham in its college football zeal. I'll stop putting on for my city now.

Going with the Rose, Cotton, Chick-fil-A, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange would put potential playoff games in five football-crazed states (plus Arizona!), all spread somewhat judiciously across the Sun Belt. All have proven to be within reach of college football fans, and there's a range of existing conference ties there that could help sort through the mess of pairing up leagues with destinations.

What do you think?

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