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FOOTBALL'S DILEMMA: BOWLS OR PLAYOFFS
John Underwood
January 19, 1976
In St. Louis this week, NCAA schools will vote on a proposal setting up a tournament to select a national champion. Advocates say it would not affect the bowls, but the author claims it would kill them
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January 19, 1976

Football's Dilemma: Bowls Or Playoffs

In St. Louis this week, NCAA schools will vote on a proposal setting up a tournament to select a national champion. Advocates say it would not affect the bowls, but the author claims it would kill them

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If the split is adopted, the 81 schools which would then make up Division I would most certainly vote heavily against the playoff plan. Present NCAA parliamentary order does not give them a separate vote at this meeting, however. They still have to vote with the present 134-member Division I. The Big Eight's Neinas has indicated that he will be at the forefront of a move to challenge that ruling.

Meanwhile, there is something the NCAA could do to put instant color back into the cheeks of the bowl people. It could change the selection date for bowl teams from the third Saturday in November back to the fourth Saturday, which would be a step toward assuring more meaningful matchups. The only thing better than that would be to defer the selection date to the last Saturday of the season. The bowls suffer, and so does college football, at that showcase time of year when top teams like Nebraska get jerked around, excellent teams like California are left home and matchups that might have been made ( Oklahoma vs. Alabama, for example) are not.

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