The Washington Times - October 11, 2009, 02:51PM

Ever wondered what would happen if there were more bowl slots than bowl-eligible teams?

These are the things I think about while driving a quarter of the way across a state (as I did this morning to catch my flight in Raleigh).


Hence a new weekly feature —- tracking just how close the bowl system (all 34 games, and 68 slots) will come to flirting with the disaster of not having enough teams to invite.

Last year, there were 72 eligible teams, with Bowling Green, Arkansas State, UL Lafayette and San Jose State left at home despite their six victories.

So why unveil this feature now? Well, there’s two bowl eligible teams already.

Both Alabama and Iowa are officially good to go for the postseason. That list will get longer pretty soon.

But there’s an alternate list, the bunch teetering on an officially lost season. Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Rice could all be assured losing seasons next week, with New Mexico held off that list simply because of a bye.

But not yet. And this is how things look for now, the bowl-pocalypse not a serious possibility just yet.





—- Patrick Stevens