The staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about the Big Ten’s recent support for the bowl win minimum to be moved from six wins to seven wins. They guys discuss how this change would do for college football.
Ricky: At first, I was against the Big Ten’s support for a seven-win bowl minimum, but, after further research, I agree. Last year, there were five teams from the Big 12, ACC, Big East, and Big Ten to make a bowl game with six wins. What was their fates? All five teams lost in their bowl games. By moving to a seven-win minimum, the competition level in each conference would be raised. Plus, it would lead to better competition in bowl games. Why have six-win teams in bowl games if they can’t win them? Can anyone say pointless?
Austin: The idea of a 7 win minimum to get in to a bowl game is something I do not think the Illini should support. I like the idea of getting more good teams into bowl games, and I hate seeing a 6-6 or 6-7 teams get in over a 9-3 team from a small school, but the teams that you play in conference are much better than that of the smaller schools.
There have been a lot of decent Big Ten teams that have been sitting at 6-6 and have gone on to play well in bowl games. The way I see it, I would rather watch a 6-6 team from the Big Ten play in a bowl game than an 8-4 team from the Sun Belt or MAC. That is not to say that they do not deserve to go to a bowl game, but the strength of schedule just is not really close enough to debate.
Ryan: The Big Ten should absolutely support a move towards a world where it takes 7 wins to reach a bowl game. It may cost some of the teams bowl appearances, but in the long run it will mean that the conference is represented by the league’s best teams during bowl season. With the impending move to a 9 game league schedule, teams will be forced to win at minimum 4 conference games assuming they sweep their respective out of conference schedules. The net effect will be raising the overall competitiveness of the league, as well as the perception of the conference nationally. No longer would the national media be able to pile on the conference if a .500 Big Ten team falls flat against a team from a lesser conference. No matter which school you root for this would be a good move for the conference as a whole.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Would a 7-win bowl minimum be good for college football?
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